It’s no fun when you age… debunking common myths about ageing

ArthritisFor many retirement is a time full of opportunities. The chance to fulfil lifelong dreams, travel the world, pick up a hobby and simply bask in the pure joy of lying back, switching that alarm clock off and never having to worry about work again.

However, on the other side of the coin there are people who dread retirement and the whole ageing process. People who continue to say they are 51 even though their free bus pass is within sight or individuals who consider a grey hair as a sign of despair rather than maturity. While others revel in the ageing process there are many who believe the common myths that circulate about the problems some face during their twilight years.

With this in mind, below are some common myths that people have about ageing and our attempt to debunk them.

People treat you differently

Ageism, or discriminating against people solely because of their age, can be rife in modern society.

Many people, often the younger generation, assume that simply because someone has sailed past the age of 60, they are no longer able to do things as effectively as their counterparts in their 20s and 30s.

However, times are changing and as the quality of life increases it will obviously bring with it more people in their older years. The government have predicted that by 2050 over a quarter of the population will be of retirement age. With such a majority stake in the demographic and a more tolerant society at large the old clichés of discrimination should diminish.

It is no fun when you age

Fun is what you make of your own situation. During retirement you have the time, and often the financial security, to enjoy the things you love the most. British tourism is at an all time high and this is due to an ever increasing appreciation of the beautiful land we live in. Using your senior railcard and programmes offered by local day centres, you can take the fullest advantage of all that the UK has to offer. As well as heading out to enjoy pastures new, you can indulge in more enjoyable activities closer to home. Join a new club and embrace the ageing process with other people in a similar situation. It’s not all Women’s Institute meetings and bake sales. As an example the University of the Third Age has a variety of interesting courses on a range of subjects for elderly people to enjoy.

1156484_old_coupleAny improvements in the home to improve mobility are unsightly

There was a time when any equipment designed to help older people with their safety and mobility in the home was less than aesthetically pleasing. However, now there are many stylish, contemporary design options to choose from that will blend in seamlessly with your existing interiors. Premier care in bathing adapt designs to suit the needs of the individual, including extra-low shower trays, easy-access toilets and basins and assisted showering options.

Your brain depreciates as you age

In 2011 Melissa Lee Phillips wrote an article for the American Psychological Association’s Monitor on Psychology, in which she said: “The deficiencies of a middle-aged brain have likely been overstated by anecdotal evidence and even by some scientific studies.”

The report stated that as the brain ages it develops effective techniques to compensate for cognitive decline, such as the use of both hemispheres in solving problems.

There are also a number of steps that older people can take to improve their mental agility as they age such as brain training exercises, playing games such as bingo, bridge and chess and taking regular exercise.