Getting older doesn’t mean you’ll have more tarnish than shine – the golden years can be some of the best years of your life. There are many things people fear about getting old that aren’t actually true. Here are some of the biggest aging myths, busted by lifestyle specialists, The Good Life Hub…
Your diet doesn’t have to change
The foundation of good health comes from a well-rounded, nutritious diet. However, many of us forget to factor in how our body changes over time – and we may need to adapt our grocery list accordingly. Whether it’s a lifestyle change, new dietary requirements, or level of food intake, shaking up the routine as you grow older is a positive step for overall health and happiness.
Social circles are less important
As we reach a certain age and have an ‘inner circle’ of close friends and family, some would argue that establishing new friendships is less vital. However, it’s more important than ever to develop new and old friendships later in life. Recent call data from Australia’s largest over-50s insurer, APIA, revealed that 20% of callers are simply seeking social interaction. Feeling socially isolated can be detrimental to our overall health and wellbeing. Whether it’s your neighbour or a local community group, relationships and social connection are the keys to happiness at any life stage.
Over 50 is where style stops
Fashion is ageless! From 60-year-old Instagram model Sarah Jane Adams gracing the catwalks – to Christie Brinkley on the cover of Sports Illustrated at age of 50 – remaining sartorially savvy is possible at any age. Whether you’re celebrating style in the fashion industry or at the supermarket, there’s magic in embracing the fact that greying hair and trends go hand in hand.
Retirement is all yachts and Italy
Maybe for some, but in reality, this is a dream for the average person. One of the biggest factors to consider is your home – where most Australians would prefer to grow older. Early planning is the key to staying in your own home as you grow older, to avoid unnecessary financial and emotional stressors. If you’re considering your future options, speaking with a personalised in-home care team like Five Good Friends can determine which support you may be entitled to around the home.
The gym is no place for older Aussies
The biggest misconception is that gyms and older Australians have no place being in the same sentence. Well, believe it or not, staying fit and active becomes more critical as you grow older. Whether it’s hitting the gym and practising functional weights, joining a community walking group, yoga or cycling, there are so many different ways to stay fit – both physically and mentally. Regular exercise also reduces our risk of disease and improves our cognitive skills, memory and mental wellbeing.