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ACTIVE AGING: 3 Aging Myths Debunked.

Updated: Mar 24, 2022

Getting older doesn't mean you're automatically going to lose your memory, break a hip or find technology perplexing. The truth is, you have a lot of control over the aging process.


MYTH 1: YOU'LL LOSE YOUR MEMORY


Blood flow to some parts of the brain that are responsible for making new memories, planning, and organizing does decrease as we age but the semantic memory that helps us remember things like riding a bike and remembering facts usually remains strong. Protect your brain by eating healthy, staying active, and learning new things, like #dancing, playing a musical instrument, or learning a new #language.


MYTH 2: YOU'LL BECOME FRAIL AND WEAK


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend adults 65-74 years of age get 150 minutes of activity and two strength-training sessions per week. The University of Alabama at Birmingham found that people in their 60s and 70s who started a strength training program could develop muscle strength comparable to that of an untrained 40-year old. Check with your doc and get busy!


MYTH 3: YOU'LL LOSE TOUCH WITH TECHNOLOGY


A study at the Stanford Center on Longevity conducted a study on 591 people with an average age of 68 and found that 72 percent were open to learning new technologies - especially when it pertained to reaching their own goals. Check with your local library, senior center, or generationsonline.com for free computer skills classes.

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