The process of aging comes with a lot of changes in the body and mind. However, there are a lot of misconceptions about what is normal as we age, versus what is indicative of a problem. In this post, we’ll debunk three of the most common myths about aging and how it affects us.
Myth #1: Older adults should stay safe by avoiding physical activity
Fact: Nothing could be further from the truth. While older adults should always be mindful of safety and reduce their risk of falling during activity, it is absolutely essential for older adults to continue participating in physical activity for optimal health. Physical activity, including cardio and weight-bearing exercises, increase mobility, improve circulation, and lead to a better quality of life. Older adults should get at least 2.5 hours of moderate intensity activity every week to stay as physically and mentally healthy as possible.
Myth #2: All older adults will eventually have dementia
Fact: There are many people who live up into their 90s or beyond that never experience a decline in mental functioning. These adults typically practiced healthy lifestyle habits from a younger age, including eating a healthy diet, getting adequate sleep each night, learning new things into their older age, and staying physically active.
Myth #3: All older adults are depressed or lonely
Fact: Social isolation is an unfortunate reality for some older people, and this can lead to depression or feelings of loneliness. However, this indicates a problem with how our society views and treats the elderly, not an inherent problem with the elderly themselves. If more people dedicated time to spending with older people who live alone or in institutional settings, we could easily combat this pervasive mental health crisis.
Healthy Aging Starts with Quality Healthcare
Now that you know the truth about aging, it’s time to embrace your own future and make moves to stay healthy as long as possible. If you’d like guidance and advice on how to keep your health intact as you age, use the free and easy search tool at www.regenerativemedicinenow.com to find a regenerative medicine practitioner near you.