Is memory loss an inevitable part of aging?
Old age is just another stage in our lives that we must live and take with the same joy and poise with which we live our childhood and youth. Here we present the trends or myths that we have created about aging:
Myth: Aging means bad health and disability
Reality: There are some diseases that are more common in older adults. However, aging does not automatically mean suffering from poor health or that it will be limited to a walker or a wheelchair. A lot of older adults enjoy vigorous health. Preventative measures, such as eating healthy, exercising and controlling stress can help reduce the risk of chronic diseases and the risk of falling later in life.
Myth: Loss of Memory is an inevitable part of aging
Reality: You may get to notice that you do not remember experiences as easily as in the past and memories may take longer to recover. However, significant memory loss is not an inevitable result of aging. Brain training and learning something new can happen at any age. There are many things that can be done to keep the memory sharp.
Myth: You believe that as you are old you cannot learn new things (old parrot does not learn to speak)
Reality: one of the most damaging myths of aging is that after a certain age, you simply will not be able to try anything new or contribute more. It is as if an individual suddenly became a useless and parasitic being. Quite the opposite. Older adults are so capable of learning new things, that they thrive in new environments and sharing your experience and wisdom of many generations is a precious treasure.
If you believe in yourself and have confidence, you have the necessary ingredients to create a positive environment for change, no matter what your age.
Suggestions to maintain a positive attitude in old age:
All people have different ways of experiencing meaning and joy, and the activities they enjoy can change over time. If you are not sure where to start, try some of the following suggestions:
- Play with grandchildren or a favorite pet
- Learn something new (an instrument, a foreign language, a new game)
- Get involved in the community (volunteers or attend a local event)
- Take some classes or join a club
- Go on a weekend trip to a place you’ve never visited
- Spend time in nature (walk, go fishing)
- Enjoy the arts (visit a museum, go to a concert)
The possibilities are endless. The important thing is to find activities that are meaningful and enjoyable. Whatever the preference, nourishing the spirit is never a waste of time.