Some common myths about aging include:
- Aging means a decline in health or a disability.
- Memory loss is an inevitable party of aging.
- You are unable to learn new things as you age.
You may notice that as we age, there are some diseases that are more common, however these diseases are not a given as there are plenty of adults who enjoy a healthy life, their health even rivaling that of many young people. Memory loss is not something that you should just accept about aging. Although it might take a little longer to retrieve memories as you age, there are ways to keep your mind sharp that will help to train your brain. As a person of a certain age, you might think that you have to be stuck in your ways, that is not true. One damaging myth of aging is that after a certain age you aren’t able to continue contributing to society in a significant way or learn new things. The opposite is true, middle aged and older adults are absolutely capable of learning new things and thriving in new environments.
Aging is not something that comes easily and simply for everyone. If you are struggling with aging, try focusing on the things that you are grateful for, but also accept the things that you cannot change. One way to combat a feeling of hopelessness is by helping to keep not only your mind, but your body sharp and engaged. Make sure you check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program, but try walking with a friend or family member or taking a class… and always remember to start slow. Fitness and health is not a sprint, it is a lifelong process, one that continues no matter what stage of life you may be in.