How you live has the most impact on how you age. Live well!
Do you have unfounded fears about growing older?
There are a lot of myths about aging that might be causing unnecessary worry.
Here are 6 myths (adapted from a woman’s health article, but most will apply to men, also) that you don’t need to worry about:
1. Myth: Dementia is an inevitable part of aging.
2. Myth: If you didn’t exercise in your 20’s, 30’s and 40’s, it’s too late to start in your 50’s, 60’s or 70’s.
3. Myth: Sex ends when you age.
4. Myth: Getting older is depressing so expect to be depressed.
5. Myth: Women fear aging.
6. Myth: The pain and disability caused by arthritis is inevitable as you get older.
All of these are not facts – they’re false!
The truth is that aging well depends on your lifestyle choices. If you lead a moderately active lifestyle, eat well, participate regularly in intellectually stimulating activities like letter writing or crossword puzzles, and do your best to maintain your emotional well-being, then you are going to be just fine!
According to a survey conducted by the National Women’s Health Resource Center it was found that women “were most likely to view aging as ‘an adventure and opportunity’ and less likely to view it as depressing or a struggle.
Try not to worry about age – if you pay it no mind, it won’t matter how old you are. It will matter how much you have lived life during your years, so focus on that: living life fully!
“We don’t stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing.” –George Bernard Shaw