There’s an unfortunate truth that American society as a whole is unkind to those it deems different. It’s part of the reason why those of different ethnicities have long been looked upon with distaste by a large percentage of the population. In many ways, seniors suffer the same type of bias.
But, just like ethnic differences, a good portion of the bias with aging is a result of misconceptions and false assumptions. At the Marshes of Skidaway Island, seniors defy such assumptions every day. Therefore, we thought we’d dispel seven common myths about aging so people can start changing how they think about the elder community.
#1 – Seniors are Lonely People
Loneliness is something that everyone goes through at some point in their life and seniors are no different. Because seniors may suffer the loss of a loved one or be less mobile, they can be at risk of loneliness, but aging does not automatically result in one being lonely. In fact, from senior centers to houses of worship, to volunteering, today’s seniors have an incredible selection of ways to stay socially engaged and active.
#2 – Seniors are Depressed
Many people consider aging to be depressing. But, happiness studies have determined that people are at their most depressed when they’re in their 40s. Once they get out of their 40s, their mood generally improves. Research also shows that people who are happy in their younger years are usually happy in their golden years. Likewise, those who tend to live grumpy lives retain their unhappiness as they age.
#3 – Every Senior Suffers Dementia at Some Point
The truth is – the Alzheimer’s Association says only 5% of people over the age of 65 will develop dementia. While it may be true that some seniors lose certain cognitive abilities as they age, it does not mean that dementia is a given. In fact, most people enjoy enhanced vocabularies and improved (but slower) problem solving skills as they age.
#4 – Seniors Lose Their Creativity
If you think seniors lose their ability to create as they age, then you might be surprised to learn that Claude Monet, Henry Roth, Anna Moses, Frank Lloyd Wright, Quentin Crisp, and many, many others all thrived in their creative pursuits well into their golden years. In most cases, creative people remain creative people.
#5 – Seniors are Unproductive
Even though seniors fall out of the workforce upon retirement, it in no way means that they are unproductive members of society. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 24% of seniors volunteered in some capacity after retirement in 2013. Whether they are babysitting for a working family member or volunteering at a local soup kitchen, seniors are valuable and productive members of our working society.
#6 – Seniors are More Religious
Although it’s true that more seniors go to worship services than younger Americans it does not automatically equate to them being more religious. In fact, studies show that people who went to church regularly in their youth will most likely continue the practice as they age. Therefore, the fact that more seniors go to church is more of a generational issue than an aging issue.
#7 – Seniors Can’t Adapt to Changes
Think for a moment of what your elderly loved one has been through in his or her life. Think about the things they’ve experienced and the innovations they’ve seen. American life has changed dramatically over the last 20 years; but consider how it’s changed over the last 50 or 60 years and then ask yourself whether or not seniors can adapt to change.
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