5 Myths About Aging

The older you get, the less sleep you need.
We might wish this were the case, but older adults still need 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night. Adequate sleep can help reduce your risk of falls, improve your overall mental well-being, and help reduce your risk for certain health conditions.

Depression is normal in older adults.
Although depression is a common mood disorder, it is not a normal part of aging. Talk with your doctor if you begin showing signs of depression, such as irritability or decreased energy.

Older adults can’t learn new things.
Not true! Older adults can still learn new things, create new memories, and improve their performance on a variety of skills.

Memory problems always mean Alzheimer’s disease.
Not all memory problems are a sign of Alzheimer’s disease. Talk with your doctor to determine whether the memory changes you’re noticing are normal or whether they may be a sign of something more serious.

Older adults do not need to exercise.
Older adults have a lot to gain by being active — and a lot to lose by sitting too much. Exercise and physical activity can help manage some chronic conditions, improve mental and physical health, and maintain independence as you age.

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Want to know more myths about aging?
Visit the National Institute on Aging article, “10 Myths About Aging”