Unsubstantiated Myths about Aging

June 4th, 2014 by John Wilson

Senior housing can be a fun place to live.

There are many misconceptions surrounding those who live in senior housing.

What do you think of when you consider getting older? For many people, much of what they know about the process of aging are actually myths. There are many misconceptions about what happens to individuals as they age and how much influence we have over the effects of aging. While many elderly individuals do require assisted living or other senior housing arrangements, understanding these myths can make the future clearer.

Getting Older Is Depressing

Some people think that as you get older, life becomes more depressing. Fortunately, this is not the case for many individuals. In fact, studies have shown that elderly individuals are among the happiest when compared to younger people. When they stay involved in social activities, such as at an assisted living facility or senior housing complex, they are surrounded by people their own age and are less lonely.

Your Genes Determine Your Health

While some medical conditions are hereditary, others are the product of lifestyle more than genetics. Stress, diet, sleep, exercise and other factors over your lifetime can play a more significant role in how healthy you are as you age than anything else.

Aging Deteriorates the Brain

Many older people develop dementia and other memory problems, but it is not a guarantee. Despite the fact that brain cells do deteriorate as we age, the cells responsible for memory and learning continue to regenerate. The key is to exercise your mind with thinking games and exercises to keep it sharp for as long as possible.

You Feel Your Age

As you get older, it seems to be a basic understanding that you will lose energy and have to adjust to a sedentary lifestyle. However, you aren’t doomed to feel your age if you take the proper action. Even if you are living in senior housing, it is important to remain active and get plenty of sleep to boost your energy levels. Staying active can help you feel and look younger than your chronological age. Weight training can also help to build muscle and bone mass. You will not only look stronger, you will feel healthy and energized.

The Elderly Can’t Adapt to New Situations

It’s true that many elderly individuals don’t want to move into an assisted living facility or other types of senior housing. The reasons aren’t what you might think. In some cases, it is difficult for them to give up their independence. In other instances, they may feel the move is unnecessary. The ability to adapt to new situations is far from the case. In fact, it’s never too late to learn a new skill, participate in a new activity or change your lifestyle.

Getting older doesn’t mean you have to live a lonely and unfulfilling life. Even if you reach a point where you need to live in senior housing or an assisted living facility, life can continue as normal. It all depends on taking the right steps to keep your body and mind healthy. Learning about these myths and how you can keep yourself from becoming a victim to these untruths can help you live a more productive life for a longer period of time.

If you or a loved one is considering making the move to senior housing, contact us. We can help you make the right choices for your future.

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