Healthy aging is a hot topic. By 2060, almost a quarter of the U.S. population will be age 65 or older. Whether you're concerned about weight gain, sex drive or chronic diseases, the key to healthy aging is a healthy lifestyle. Eating a variety of nutritious foods, practicing portion control and including physical activity in your daily routine can go a long way toward promoting healthy aging.
A study by Yale University Professor of Public Health and Psychology Becca Levy, Ph.D., found that believing in myths about aging — useless, helpless, loss of value — can in fact have a negative impact on your longevity. But replacing those negative age stereotypes with positive perceptions about aging — wisdom, self-realization, satisfaction and vitality — resulted in a nearly eight-year increase in average lifespan. So looking at the myths and realities of aging to change how you see growing older can greatly impact your overall health and wellness.
This month we will look at some of the more common myths about aging, and what you can do to avoid becoming a stereotype.
We will also look at what DOESN’T work! If an interest in healthy aging leads you to consider anti-aging therapies — such as restrictive diets, supplements or expensive treatments claiming to postpone or even reverse the aging process — be cautious. There's no quick fix when it comes to healthy aging. Know what you're buying, and know how to spot suspicious schemes. Often, anti-aging therapies don't live up to the claims.