Myth 1: The older you get, the less sleep you need.
– We might wish this were the case, but older adults still need 7 or 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.
Myth 2: Depression is normal for 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.
Myth 3. 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.
Myth 4: 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.
Myth 5: 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.