There are few things that we can definitely say are going to happen in life, but there’s no doubt that growing old is one of these. Unfortunately, it’s something that is going to happen regardless.
One of the main reasons that many of us bemoan this is due to all of the stereotypes that are branded around about older people. As the title of today’s post may have already suggested, we are now going to try and debunk some of these big myths once and for all. Will we completely rebrand the aging process? Probably not, but hopefully it will at least make you think twice about those advancing years.
Myth #1 – Sex is a thing of the past
Sure, there might be a lot of morbid but crucial tasks that you might need to contemplate as you get older (with calculating funeral costs and maybe even elderly care being some of these), but that doesn’t mean to say that some of the other elements need to die out. Sex is one of these and contrary to what some sources might suggest, this is still an important factor for the elderly. In fact, a NPHA study revealed that almost two-thirds of respondents felt sex was an important part of life whilst growing older.
Myth #2 – Your brain starts to slow down
Again, there is plenty of science to answer this next point with. One of the big stereotypes is that people start to lose their memory, amongst other mental ailments, as they get older. Science meanwhile, says otherwise.
A study has shown that new brain cells are constantly being developed, with some of the participants being as old as 79. Sure, some people might experience less blood flow, which can limit their brain power somewhat, but to suggest that their brain is actually slowing down would be a gross understatement.
Myth #3 – You should quit exercise
Considering the fact that authorities around the world are trying to preach the power of exercise, this next myth is beyond the absurd. Exercise most certainly isn’t unsafe for older people – unless you start to participate in an extreme sport like rock climbing of course.
In fact, regular exercise is encouraged amongst the elderly. It’s something which can safeguard you against bone and muscle loss and ultimately make you feel young for longer.
Myth #4 – It’s just a matter of time before depression kicks in
One of the main reasons why older people suffer from depression is due to the loss that occurs in their life. In other words, as you age, you are more likely to lose the people who are close to you. This immediately makes depression more likely.
As such, this isn’t occurring due to a physical reason in the brain. It means that not everyone is going to be subjected to these feelings, and in actual fact, based on the above, younger people could equally be affected by them by similar levels.