(AscendHealthy.com) – Getting older: It’s a phrase that many of us dread. There are so many memes associated with aging, so many theories about the inevitable deterioration of our brains and bodies at increasing speeds. But is this the reality? Thankfully, there are myths about aging that need to be addressed. Find out the facts in the article below.
Learn More About These 5 Aging Myths.
Myth #1: Older Adults Need More Sleep
Many people believe that as we get older, we need a lot more sleep. While there is nothing wrong with indulging in a nap from time to time, it doesn’t necessarily mean that people over 50 need to sleep more often. MedicalNewsToday states that this myth could be based on increasing fluctuations in circadian rhythms as we age. Those fluctuations may cause sleep disturbances, leading to daytime sleepiness in some.
Myth #2: Elderly People Should Not Exercise
As we age, we tend to lose muscle mass and maybe even pile on a few extra pounds. The myth is that older adults should take it easy and not exercise so much. This myth may stem from mature adults who present more frail appearances or have more health issues with age. On the contrary, exercise is even more important as we age.
In fact, according to the CDC, seniors should incorporate 150 minutes of exercise into their week. Breaking it down into 25 minutes sessions per day might be a good rule of thumb.
Myth #3: Our Brains Slow As We Age
Another piece of misinformation is that our brains slow down as we age. While different forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s, may affect cognitive ability, not everyone develops them. Reducing cardiovascular risks like obesity and smoking, following a heart-healthy diet and staying mentally active through games, continued learning, reading or other activities may reduce the risks of the brain being affected by age.
Myth #4: The Older You Are, The Less Appeal Sex Holds
Another myth that seems to show up regularly is that the older you are, the less interest you’ll have in sex. As women age, hormonal disruptions experienced as a result of menopause may cause vaginal dryness and irritation. There are over-the-counter remedies that can handle those issues. Sex drive fluctuates individually, but those who have healthy relationships don’t seem to find their libidos affected by age.
Myth #5: Physical Deterioration is Natural
Many people associate aging with physical deterioration, assuming this always comes naturally with the aging process. The reality is that no two bodies are the same. Aging and deterioration happen at different rates for different people partly dependent upon genetics and partly upon how we each maintain our health. Drinking water, getting daily cardio workouts and managing underlying illnesses are a few of the key aspects in maintaining the body well through the 80s and beyond.
Many myths and mysteries surround the aging process; not all of them are true. Our paths aren’t set in stone, and we can benefit from talking to healthcare teams and using them as valuable resources. They can provide a safe, healthy starting point to help us age gracefully and stay active.
~Here’s to Your Healthy Ascension
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