Yes, I admit it… many members of the “Forever Young” generation are now deep into our seventies. Although we continue to flaunt our legendary flower power with abandon, we can no longer ignore the term, “aging” and all of the questionable descriptions this word encompasses.
Plus there’s little doubt that we feisty folk are planning on sticking around to mark the next decade—our eighties—with our signature penchant for ignoring social convention. Our generational mandate has always been to blaze our own trail. And, to these ends, it is high time we start debunking a number of the myths associated with having lived a long life.
Fortunately, the National Institute on Aging has created a list of 10 myths that they’ve rightly cited as being far from an inevitable part of growing older.
Their list includes such gems as:
- Older adults can’t learn new things
- Dementia is an inevitable part of age
- One should avoid exercise as we grow older due to weakness and potential injury
- And, the #1 misconception they cite is that depression and loneliness are to be expected in older adults.
I became so taken with their list and the substantiating material they provided, I wanted to make certain to share it with you. Never a generation for meekly accepting the status quo, these misconceptions of age are likely to make your blood boil at the same temperature and fervor as my own.
So, dear fellow boomers, let’s plan to bust through each and every one of these myths and change the popular concept of growing older with our trademark hutzpah. The slogan for this blog is “revolutionizing the spirit and style of aging.” And that, my friends has never meant more than by debunking those debilitating references to age!