It’s more than just the spelling, there’s a different between aging and getting older. One of the best ways to understand aging is not to use the two terms interchangeable.
Healthy Aging Involves:
- A positive attitude towards life
- Good stress-dealing skills
- Healthy-promotion behaviors
- Handling problems/challenges successfully
- And avoiding diseases and injuries.
It’s simply means finding ways to manage your life changes so you can be optimally alive, active, and engaged.
Getting old, on the other hand, means taking on the characteristics that our society expects old people to have, especially:
- Losing interest in life
- Accepting the notion that it’s too late to changes
- Believing that life doesn’t matter anymore
- Failing to set a goals and commitments
- Losing a sense of surprise
- And giving in to passivity and boredom.
Be Active, Not Passive!
Aging is not a spectator sport; step out of the stands and do something now to increase your chances for a long life and do your part to change your attitudes toward aging. None of us can stop aging, but we don’t have to grow old.
Breaking The Myths: At one point in our lives, we will really start feeling the effects of age. Hence, like soldier fully-equipped for the battle, we need to face aging with our knowledge of the right facts.
Try to imagine yourself when you’re 65 years old as you read this part (or if you are 65 and up already, then have a great time read this!). First of all, it’s becoming clear that aging is not necessary equivalent to decay and decrepitude.
Mental activity is of paramount importance for maintaining the ability to cope adequately with stress, with health problems, limitation and handicaps, and particularly for the persisting capability to enjoy life.
A good deal of the negative associations with aging are, fact, wrong or exaggerated.
In one highly publicized stud by the john D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, findings showed that only 30% of how we age can be attributed to genes; the remaining 70% is determine by our lifestyle choices.
Yes, we can choose to be healthier seniors, and it’s never too late.
Does sex decrease with age? Many younger people believe that the majority of old people have neither interest in nor capacity for sexual relations. This is false. Research shows that sex continues to play an important role in people’s lives even up to their 70s
Let’s enumerate some starting but pleasing fact that can help us debunk many popular myths about aging:
Only a Small Percentage of Old People Get Alzheimer’s Disease
Only 10% of people aged 65 and above have Alzheimer’s disease or AD (more about this.. chapter 5 page). Most form of decrease mentally function and dementia and thought to be signs of AD are in reality due to idleness and passivity.
Senior can help prevent dementia and the loss of mental function by stimulating the brain with simple physical, mental and social exercise that challenges the memory.
You Can Be Healthy Up To Your Last Day
In the United States, relatively few elderly people live in nursing homes, now only 5.2% which is down from 6.3% in 1982. Of those aged 65 to 74, fully 89% report no disability whatsoever.
Even in advanced old age, an overwhelming majority of the elderly population has little functional disability, and the proportion that is disabled is being whittled away over time.
Much of this is due to a huge reduction in acute infectious illnesses in the 20th century, and more recent decline in precursors to chronic disease such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, and smoking.
You Can Lead an Active Social Life During Old Age
According to an NBC News poll, many retire person continue to lead active lives by doing business-related work and engaging in civic or community affairs.
For instance, the remarkable active 93-years-old LDS Church leader Gordon B. Hinckley continues to travel throughout the world to visit local congregations.
Other surprising facts: 15 million older persons volunteer (nearly half the 65-plus population in the US) , while nearly 4 million older Americans (12% of the total population) were in the labor force in 1998, constituting approximately 2.8% of the country’s labor force.
Old People Can Lead Happy, Cheerful Lives
Although this such a prevalent stereotype (partly because many elderly people were in fact lonely before), many senior today still have finding alternative to been alone, such as house sharing or moving to senior living communities, where they can maintain social connections, continue to learn, and contribute to the large community through employment or volunteerism.
With good planning and attitude, growing older can be rewarding and fun. Old people who take charge or their health, stay engage in life, and use, rather than lose their physical and mental capabilities, can fill their later years with vitality and joy.
No one can avoid aging, but aging productively is something you shouldn’t avoid.
You Can Exercise Vigorously Even in Old Age
Senior citizens are not only capable of exercise, but require it to maintain independence, good mental function, and to reduce risk of disease.
Simply exercise like walking, swimming, etc., can actually produce dramatic results, allowing senior who previously required assistance with daily living to become independent again.
The Pursuit Of Knowledge Extends to Old Age
We seem to forget that learning is, in fact a lifelong process. Many older people with no training have embraced computer technology and are the most rapidly growing computer-literate demographic group.
Likewise, retirees have mastered other technologies that were unknown in their youth. More and more, colleges and universities are realizing the huge demand for continuing education in this population segment.
It Never Too Late To Change Your Habits
There is certainly no know 100% certified method to bring back lost youth, but scientific research establishes that the greatest anti-aging “portion” is good, old-fashioned clean living.
It’s simply never too late to reverse negative habits such as smoking, drinking, eating junk foods and lack exercise.
While the debilities related to decades of smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, eating fatty foods and lack of exercise accrue with age; there is still a good chance that the ill effects can be lessened.
For instance, if you’re a smoker, the risk of heart disease and stroke reduces almost as soon as you quit smoking no matter how long you’ve kept that habit.
Older People Can Adapt To Change and Innovation
Research shows that older people can learn new things. As we know, older people regularly learn to use appliances and equipment that were unknown in their youth such as food processors, microwave ovens, ATM’s and DVD players. And now, seniors are embracing computers in unprecedented numbers.
Among other things, it was discovered that elderly people who have experienced some cognitive decline can, with appropriate training, improve sufficiently to overcome approximately twenty years of memory loss.
Physical Intimacy Is Lifelong
The Kinsey Report, a famous study done during the prim-and-proper 1950s, found that 70% of men aged 68 were sexually active. Now, many decades later, the unprecedented worldwide demand for Viagra shows that sexual interest is still alive and kicking among older people.
That’s why the belief that sexual activity in later life is either poor or absent is terribly unfounded. Okay, there may be a decrease in sexual activity as we age, but we have to remember that sexual or romantic partners are different kinds of people with different mindsets and different habits, regardless of age.
Living through the seasons of life doesn’t have to end into cold, lifeless winters. We can enjoy the springtime for an entire lifetime! You don’t have to be sick and frail when you’re old. You can be healthy and have little or no functional disability. You can be physically fit and active!
The essences of adding life to your years means doing things that can help you age productively.
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