Aging Health Myths (And Why They're Wrong)

It’s fair to say that we live in a youth-obsessed culture. Brands want to market to young people; companies want to be associated with the young. As a direct result, we all become obsessed with maintaining youth for as long as we can. We can’t freeze time, but most of us will at some point think about changing our bodies or lives to make ourselves appear younger -- whether we use a wrinkle cream, Botox, or just a new hobby to do it.

One of the problems with this youth obsession is that it doesn’t understand aging very well. When there is lack of understanding, myths rise in place of real facts -- and there are plenty of myths about the aging process. These myths make the future even scarier than it already seems -- so it’s time to fight back, and bust some of them.
Aging Health Myths (And Why They're Wrong)
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1. Dementia Is Inevitable

Let’s be clear: dementia is not inevitable -- yet so many of us think it is. It’s an issue that can bring forth a lot of concern in us as we contemplate aging, often exacerbated by seeing relatives deal with the condition and rely on home health aide services to try and retain some semblance of independence. Yes, dementia does affect a high number of those over the age of 65, but it doesn’t affect everyone.

2. You Will Definitely Get A Lot Of Wrinkles

Wrinkles are one of the key identifiers that tell us how old a person is. As a result, they’re on the front line of the anti-aging blitz, the one thing that most of us focus on. One could almost believe that if you don’t spend half your salary on a thousand and one lotions and potions, then you’re doomed to wrinkles from the moment you turn 30.

That’s not the case. Yes, your skin will wrinkle and you will get fine lines -- but how severe this is depends on a lot more than the items on your vanity. Age, lifestyle, your smoking and drinking habits; all of them play into how likely you are to experience wrinkles. As a general rule, keep your lifestyle as clean as possible, and your face will thank you for it.

What’s more, if you have oily skin then the news is very good indeed: you’re far less likely to get wrinkles than other skin types.

3. Arthritis Is Inevitable

It’s not just mental health that many of us think will be damaged as we grow older; we all fear for how we’re going to be able to manage our physical health as well. Arthritis is the consummate “old people” illness but -- as with dementia -- it’s not inevitable. Calcium supplements and keeping active will keep your body feeling good, no matter how many years you have on the clock.

Let’s be honest: Aging is going to have some unpleasant surprises in store for you. However, there’s nothing to fear, no vulnerabilities that you have to accept, when it comes to aging.

You’re still in control, so with the right effort, you can guarantee that your golden years shimmer long into the future.

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