HEADLINE HEALTH – You know what they say … “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.”
But the fact is, that’s not even true for dogs! Both people, and man’s best friend, are fully capable of learning, growing, and thriving at any age
HelpGuide.org, nonprofit guide to mental health & wellness has put out a list of four common myths about aging.
Myth: Older adults are set in their ways and can’t learn new things.
Fact: Seniors are capable of adapting and learning new things, and doing so can have health benefits such as improving memory.
“Facing discrimination because of your age can affect your mental and physical health, self-esteem, and finances. But there are ways to challenge ageism in both the workplace and in daily life.” – HelpGuide.org
Myth: All older people end up with memory problems or dementia.
Fact: Older people are at increased risk of dementia, but that doesn’t mean it’s a normal part of the aging process and there’s plenty you can do to keep your memory sharp.
Myth: With old age comes depression.
Fact: Depression isn’t a natural or inevitable part of aging, either. In fact, younger adults tend to have higher rates of depression than their seniors.
Myth: Older adults should be more sedentary to avoid accidents.
Fact: People can continue to be physically active as they age. In fact, it’s never too late to start being more active. Exercise can improve physical and mental health as well as help you manage chronic conditions. Just be sure to choose exercises that you enjoy and can stick with.