The senior care experts at Scottsdale Home Care Assistance believe growing older isn’t as bleak as it’s often made out to be. Though seniors can develop a number of health conditions, radical changes in health and overall wellbeing are not necessarily guaranteed. Following are 5 widespread myths about aging and the reasons why you and your elderly loved one shouldn’t always believe them.
1. Bone Loss Is Inevitable
Changes in bone density are likely to occur with age, but significant loss in density can actually be avoided. Seniors tend to have smaller appetites and the desire to avoid weight gain as their hormones and activity levels start to change. Getting plenty of vitamin D, calcium, and magnesium can prevent problems like osteoporosis and osteoarthritis, as can regular strength training and low-impact cardiovascular exercise.
2. All Seniors Lose Their Teeth
It is more common to see an aging adult with dentures than it is to see a person in his or her twenties wearing false teeth. However, how long your loved one’s natural teeth last is at least partially dependent upon how well he or she cares for them. Regular brushing, flossing, and dental checkups are just a few of the things your loved one can do to retain his or her pearly whites well into the golden years. It is also important for seniors to take good care of their gums. Prolonged and untreated gum infections can become systemic and affect cardiovascular health. These problems can also lead to the weakening and deterioration of the underlying bone structures and eventual tooth loss.
3. Joint Pain Is Unavoidable
Studies have shown seniors who lead active lives are less likely to develop problems with joint inflammation than those who are less active. Avoiding inflammatory foods like simple carbohydrates and refined sugars can also prove helpful. Eating a diet with an adequate amount of omega-3 fatty acids can keep the joints lubricated and preserve overall joint mobility.
4. Seniors Are Guaranteed to Lose Their Creative Edge
How well the mind works in the later stages of life is largely determined by how mentally active and engaged seniors choose to be. Efforts in lifelong learning can keep the neural pathways responsible for creativity active and engaged. Your loved one can learn new languages, take up new instruments, paint, dance, and explore many other creative pursuits.
5. Aging Adults Are Always Cranky
Aches and pains, waning health, and a life that lacks adequate levels of social engagement can cause a senior’s social skills and tolerance to decrease. However, this is a stage of life in which people can also be known for their wisdom, patience, and sage advice. With more self-confidence and less interest in superficial things, many people find their golden years are actually the happiest and most comfortable years of their lives.
Another myth about aging is the belief that seniors will have to sacrifice their happiness and independence when receiving in-home care. Reach out to Home Care Assistance to find out why the opposite is true. Our caregivers work to ensure your loved one remains safe and comfortable at home and can help him or her accomplish a wide variety of daily tasks, including bathing, cooking, and exercise. We also offer specialized Parkinson’s, post-stroke, and dementia care in Scottsdale. For more information and to schedule a complimentary consultation, call 480.448.6215 today.