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5 Common Misconceptions about Aging

 

 
 
While some people perceive aging as a more negative experience associated with sensory loss, increased risk of disease, etc., in actuality, aging has many benefits that are often ignored or dismissed.
 
We would like to bring five common misconceptions about old age to the forefront to remind you that happiness and quality of life still exist well into your 80s, 90s and 100s.
 
  1. Romance stops with old age: Just because you are well into your 60s doesn’t mean you’ve lost that loving feeling; seniors are very active on popular dating sites such as eHarmony and Match.com. In fact, the AARP recently partnered with How About We, a dating site with a senior-friendly approach. Just like younger age groups looking for love, seniors who have lost their spouse or who may have yet to find “the one” are seeking a special connection with that person they can confide in and share experiences with.
  2. The bedroom has lost its spark: A New England Journal of Medicine study surveyed 3,005 men and women about their sex lives. 73 percent of adults between the ages of 57 and 64 said they continue to have sex, as did 53% of adults ages 65 to 74 and 26% of adults ages 75 to 85.
  3. Seniors experience isolation: Not if you refuse to let it happen. Many seniors remain active and engaged members of their communities. Being part of a garden or book club is one way to stay socially connected and mentally stimulated. If the person is unable to drive or is homebound, hiring a caregiver to provide companionship and transportation to these social activities is a great solution.
  4. Your brain slows down: Again, you can take steps to keep your mind sharp, and decrease the risk of developing conditions like Alzheimer’s or dementia. Taking classes on an interesting topic, learning a foreign language or doing activities such as crossword puzzles and Sudoku are great ways to keep your mind sharp.
  5. You get grumpy: This might be the biggest stereotype of all, but once again research tells us otherwise. Psychologist Laura Carstensen told TEDxWomen that older people actually tend to be happier, more content, and hold a more positive outlook on the world and those around them.
 
See, aging doesn’t have to be so painful after all! If you feel you or a loved one may require additional assistance in order to remain in the comfort of home, you can contact Home Care Assistance to learn more about our hourly and live-in care services. 

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