Common Senior Stereotypes Debunked

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Debunking the Common Stereotypes About Older Adults

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For years, being physically frail, feeble-minded, and alone were some of the many stereotypes people had about becoming older. People tend to overlook the fact that each senior is a unique individual and not every senior fits the stereotypes about aging. Older adults today are often enjoying healthy, exciting, and active lives.

Aging Brings Dementia

While various forms of dementia are typically associated with getting older, only 8 percent of adults over 65 have been diagnosed with the cognitive impairment. Early detection, lifestyle changes, medications, and therapy are now able to slow the progression of dementia and other age-related neurological disorders. 

Seniors can face a variety of challenges as they age, many of which can be mitigated with the help of professional in-home caregivers who provide high-quality home care. Santa Rosa families trust in Home Care Assistance to help their elderly loved ones age in place safely and comfortably.

Getting Old Means Being Lonely

Social isolation can become a concern for seniors who do not have family or friends living within close proximity. Some may not have access to public transportation and are limited in travel ability. Nevertheless, many seniors have active social lives. They belong to church groups, bowling teams, golf clubs, and other community organizations that provide the opportunity to socialize. Many grandparents are actively involved in the lives of their children and grandchildren. 

Old People Are Poor

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately 9 percent of adults in the United States over the age of 65 are below the poverty line. Many adults enjoyed long, prosperous careers and were able to save and plan for the future.

Exercising Is Risky for the Elderly

Staying healthy while getting older requires living a healthy lifestyle. Like younger adults, older adults need exercise because it increases balance, endurance, and strength. Being physically active ensures bones, muscles, and connective tissues continue working at optimal levels. Regardless of their current health, all seniors can take part in some form of exercise. 

Sometimes older adults need to be encouraged to exercise daily, and dedicated caregivers can provide the motivation they need. Caring for a senior loved one can be rewarding, but it can also be overwhelming for family caregivers who have other responsibilities they need to focus on. For these families, the perfect solution is respite care. Santa Rosa families rely on our caregivers whenever they need time to rest, work, run errands, and even go on vacation.

Seniors Can’t Learn New Things

Some people are under the misconception that age can affect brain function and impair learning capabilities. However, the brain changes and develops new neural pathways throughout life. This biological act is known as neuroplasticity, and it makes different areas of the brain work effectively despite deficiencies. The brains of older adults have also been shown to make use of both hemispheres simultaneously, which enhances cognitive and learning processes.

Elderly People Are Unhappy

A group of researchers from Heidelberg, Germany, interviewed 40 senior citizens to determine emotional and psychological status. The scientists learned that despite having one or more medical conditions, more than 70 percent of the study participants reported being happy.

Living with a serious health condition can make it challenging for seniors to age in place. However, they can maintain a higher quality of life with the help of professional live-in care. Santa Rosa seniors can benefit from assistance with meal prep, bathing, transportation to the doctor’s office, medication reminders, and much more. Call Home Care Assistance at (707) 843.4368 to learn more about our senior care services and how they can benefit your loved one.