There is an old saying that proves to be correct time and time again: What you think will happen, happens. This is not a good way to think.
Basically, if you think that when people get old they fall a lot, then you are doomed to fall when you get old. The only problem with this is that falling is not a normal occurrence of aging people. It’s simply a myth.
Depending on how old you are, you spent at least some time thinking about what will happen when you get old. In fact, you may have thought about it enough that you scheduled an appointment to create your will.
You might also think that a lot of bad things will happen when you get old. That can scare you. The problem is that much of what you hear about aging is just a myth.
We aren’t here to tell you that everything will be just fine when you get older, but it certainly won’t be as bad as you might think. Goldberg and Associates, your elder law attorney in Atlanta, offers a few myths about old people that are simply not true.
Old People Have a Lot of Medical Issues
The truth of the matter is that there are many older people who are probably healthier and fitter than you. There are people in the 70s who run marathons, are personal trainers, do yoga, workout daily and are basically fit as a fiddle with no diseases or disorders.
Old People Aren’t Interested in the Opposite Sex
This is actually a pretty laughable myth. We cannot think of a scenario in which you wouldn’t be attracted to the opposite sex. Can you?
Old People are Obsessed with Death
This is just a horrible thing to think about. Just because somebody is in their golden years, it doesn’t mean that they are obsessed with death and dying. If you are afraid to talk with an older person because you think all they will talk about is death and their impending doom, you will be in for a pleasant surprise. Talking with elderly ladies and gentlemen is heartwarming, rewarding and eye-opening. You will definitely learn something.
Old People are Depressed and Lonely
They sure are, just like young people are lonely and depressed. This might be hard to swallow, but older people enjoy family and friends just like you do. They also enjoy fun hobbies, doing work around the house and going for walks. That doesn’t sound like a depressed person to us.
Old People Who Still Work Miss a Lot of Days Due to Sickness
This is a myth-based on assumption. Since you might think that old people get sick a lot, then it stands to reason that they would miss a lot of work.
That would make perfect sense if it weren’t for the fact that it simply isn’t true. Older adults who work are extremely productive and rarely miss any time off work. In fact, elderly employees miss less time due to sickness than employees half their age.
All Old People Do is Sit Around Watching Television and Take Naps
You have to stop and figure out why you have such a skewed view of old people. We guess that you saw a television show or movie that depicted old people as something most are not. Some older people nap often and sit around watching reruns of Little House on the Prairie all day, but they are a minority.
The truth of the matter is that the majority of older adults have many interests and hobbies and spend a great deal of time gardening, knitting, going for walks or doing whatever else they like to do.
Old People Can’t Walk and Live in Nursing Homes
This is very far from the truth. We are going to guess that this myth comes about after a trip to the nursing home to visit a grandparent or family friend. It’s something you see and then you draw your own conclusions.
The fact of the matter is that only about 5% of the older generation lives in a nursing home. Most older people are perfectly capable of getting around on their own and living on their own.
Another problem lies with the media. It seems that television and movies often depict older people as sickly and in constant need of help. They also portray nursing homes as places where the majority of people living there are in wheelchairs. This is just not the case.
So as you can see, much of what you might think about older people just isn’t true. If you contact Goldberg and Associates and plan out your retirement, your golden years could be filled with good health and plenty of fun.