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Five Truths About Aging

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Relax, not everything portrayed about aging in the media is true. Whether you are currently enjoying “older adult” status or are on your way, take comfort knowing that many stereotypes about aging are simply false!

Like racism and sexism, ageism perpetuates negative stereotypes about a specific group of people, older adults in this case. These ideas make some people afraid to age and proclaim, “I don’t want to get old.” They can also prevent younger people from befriending and getting to know the older adults in their life.

So, let’s address and break five common misconceptions about aging.

Older adults don’t…

  1. Have fun! The desire and ability to experience joy doesn’t diminish with age. Attending plays, going to ballgames, hitting a golf ball, painting a portrait, dancing, and even horseback riding are all enjoyable activities for all ages. In fact, these experiences may be even sweeter for those who are in the later stage of life, because they appreciate the precious time remaining.
  1. Need friends – Friendships are important at all life stages and possibly even more so later in life. The happiest older adults stay connected to the people around them and make new friends along the way. Don’t let an age gap prevent you from being friends and spending quality time with an older family member or neighbor.
  1. Give back – Chances are many older adults in your community are using their time and talents to make the world a better place. Look for them in your community volunteering at schools, working as crossing guards, singing in church, sewing blankets, donating blood, cooking meals for neighbors and walking in fundraisers.
  2. Stay strong and active – Today’s older adults are heeding the message about the link between exercise and healthy aging. They are keeping fit and staying active in a variety of ways. Mall walking, yoga, tennis, swimming and bowling are just some of the ways older adults work on strength, balance, flexibility and endurance to keep the body strong, the mind sharp and the heart happy.
  1. Continue to learn and grow – Later in life is one of the best times to learn a new skill or craft. The time-consuming demands of a career and raising a family are done, leaving more free time to dedicate to pursuing your interests and passions. The happiest older adults are lifelong learners who are wise enough to know that no matter what age you are, there’s time to learn and grow each day.

Senior community living affords older adults a variety of opportunities for fun, socialization, charity, fitness and lifelong learning. Living among peers compared to living alone can makes it even easier to pursue one’s passions and, while in the process, break some of the common aging stereotypes that persist today.

To learn more about living in a Pathway community, visit us at www.pathwaysl.com.