If you’re holding onto a stereotypical concept of aging that involves an isolated, sedentary lifestyle spent in a rocking chair on the front porch day in and day out, it’s time for you to reconsider that thought! Debunking aging myths is the secret to healthy aging and embracing a vibrant, active lifestyle regardless of age.
Depression Is Part of Aging
While isolation and loneliness may result in feelings of sadness, depression isn’t a typical aspect of aging. In fact, research indicates that older adults are less likely to become depressed than younger adults. Nonetheless, if you suspect a loved one is struggling with depression, there are effective treatment options available. Talk to a physician for help.
You’ll Get Stuck in a Rut
Actually, the opposite is true. Lifelong learning is imperative to keeping cognitive functioning as sharp as possible. Research conducted recently showed increased brain health in elderly participants who picked up a new skill or enrolled in a course or book club. And, the social advantages that come along with learning something new are an additional bonus!
It’s Time to Slow Down
Exercise is crucial for all of us, no matter what age. While the risk of falling is undoubtedly something to consider for older adults, there are plenty of ways to stay physically active that are appropriate in spite of any chronic health issues or concerns. Ask the physician for guidelines first, but in general, low impact exercises such as tai chi, balance/strength exercises, and swimming are often a good place to begin.
Put the Keys Away
There is a widespread belief that as we get older, we all will need to stop driving. Though there are medical conditions that can make driving dangerous, such as reduced vision or Alzheimer’s disease, many older adults can continue to safely drive – often more safely, as a matter of fact, than younger drivers. Regular physical exams will guide the physician in identifying when and if it is time for an older person to stop driving.
Mom Had Alzheimer’s, So You Will, Too
While genetics do play a role in someone’s chance of dementia, there are some other aspects that are in our control to lower that risk. The lifestyle choices we make, such as staying active, eating right, keeping blood pressure levels under control, and refraining from smoking, are all great preventative measures.
No Need to Stop Smoking Now
Perhaps you know an older adult who feels that they’ve smoked their whole lives and have not had any significant problems, so there’s no sense in stopping now. However research has shown that quitting smoking brings immediate health benefits – within a matter of hours, as a matter of fact. First, there is a reduction in the carbon monoxide amounts in the blood. Within a couple weeks, circulation improves and lung function increases. There’s also a decrease in cold and flu symptoms, reduced risk for pneumonia and bronchitis, and a lowered chance for cancer, heart disease, and lung disease.
Let Live Free Home Health Care’s experts in senior care in Concord, NH and the surrounding areas help the older adults you love enjoy this time of life in the most healthy and happy way possible! Reach out to us at 603-217-0149 to learn about the countless ways we can help.