According to the Population Reference Bureau, folks aged 65 and older will contribute to approximately 20% of the U.S. population by 2029. When we think of old age, people tend to propagate widespread misconceptions about aging based on our own experiences. With so many myths about aging going around, let’s check whether you have any of these beliefs yourself.
Older Adults Contribute Little to Society
What we hear little of when it comes to how older individuals contribute to society is how much they support their younger generations. Firstly, imagine what would happen to our economy if no grandparents weren’t available to care for younger grandchildren when their parents are busy at work. Parents would have to seek other care options, which would weigh them down financially. Some parents who aren’t able to afford care options and other alternatives may even have to miss work. The older generations also give generously when it comes to charity and volunteering per capita when compared to any other age group. Acknowledging these contributions would help to make us a more age-inclusive society that does not pit one generation against another.
Older Adults Can’t Learn New Things
While aging is often accompanied by many cognitive changes, older individuals are also more knowledgeable and have a greater capacity for analysis, self-reflection, and discipline due to a lifetime of experiences. This means that they may be an even better student than most of their younger counterparts as they are more in-tune with their strengths, weaknesses, and habits. Such individuals can borrow lessons from their childhood when faced with challenges and tend to be better at solving issues due to having a different perspective. The biggest barrier when it comes to learning new things at a more mature age is a lack of confidence. Once older individuals learn to overcome the psychological barriers to learning, they soon see many profound benefits, including an overall sharper mind.
Older Adults Should Take it Easy and Avoid Exercise
People seem to think that exercise does more harm than good for the older populations, especially if one suffers from a chronic condition. However, studies show one has a lot more to gain by being active and a lot to lose by leading a sedentary lifestyle. In fact, inactivity is to blame when elderly individuals lose their independence and capability to carry out daily tasks on their own. There are plenty of exercises or routines designed for older adults like tai chi that can help them maintain optimal health and prevent future accidents or illnesses. As you age, it only becomes even more important to lead an active lifestyle.
Why Choose Discovery Village At Dominion?
Our community boasts a variety of exclusive senior lifestyle options to suit the needs of all older individuals – SHINE® Memory Care, assisted living, and an independent living option. You can find amenities, services, and programs designed to ensure the highest level of personalized service for residents at Discovery Commons At Dominion.
If you have any inquiries about our range of services, feel free to contact us today.