How we all wish we look at getting older as a way to enjoy life. Looking at the positives, you will realize that this stage opens doors to plenty of opportunities while you build social relationships. Add to that, you get to enjoy discounts that come with your age as well. You can take pride in your accomplishments, and spend more time with your grandchildren. Do not forget too that getting old is synonymous to acquiring wisdom.
What do Studies Say about Aging?
There are a lot of older adults out there who have shown signs of contentment as they grow older. In fact, studies have proven that those in this stage in their lives are the happiest among all other people grouped in other age demographics. They are significantly happier when compared to their middle-aged counterparts.
Stereotypes and Aging
There is also a part of the elderly population who happen to be affected by certain stereotypes. You may also be dealing with these situations, causing you to be treated badly by others, even healthcare or social workers for that matter. Also called ageism, there are harmful consequences of such stigma. The most common characteristics that are used to label the elderly can be harmful and hurtful because they are portrayed as cranky, greedy, child-like, sickly, senile, dependent, and more
Why Such Stigma Happens?
It is because of how ageist stereotypes are presented on TV, pop culture, and other forms of media. When you are old and gray, you are portrayed as helpless and vulnerable. When you try to defy these stereotypes, you will be seen as someone comical. You may even be seen as ignored and underrated, and at the worst people equate old age with cognitive decline.
Beating the Stigma
The only way to defy all the odds, and beat the way society sees people in the senior citizen category is to change how others will see you during retirement. Debunking all myths is a good place to start. Here is how you will be able to deal with that:
- On slowing of wit. It is true that older adults tend to experience cognitive changes, but it is also a fact that you tend to perform better in certain skills and areas of intelligence. Depending on the knowledge and experiences you have acquired through the years, you will be able to make life better as you grow older.
- On experiencing depression. Let us go back to what studies say about older people being among the happiest ones on the planet. Happiness levels decrease over time once you hit the age of 40, and this is backed up by several studies.
- On being lonely. Social isolation is a known issue but if you tend to be socially active as you age, which is definitely one of the goals of retirement communities out there, you will be able to battle the feeling of loneliness as you age. You can spend time outdoors, visiting area attractions with other residents. If you are living with your family, you can always spend time on outings or vacations.
- On tending to be unproductive. Retirement is actually a time to pursue your life’s passions. You just have to find a certain activity that will keep you busy. It is either you engage in charitable events, or even watch concerts if you want.
You can beat the stigma that comes with aging. It is a matter of having the right mindset and choosing a right place where your skills, talents, and hobbies will be nurtured, and where independence is welcome.