Depression is actually NOT more common among the elderly.
Cognitive decline is NOT inevitable.
Work productivity does NOT decrease with age.
And the list goes on of the various myths about aging that were debunked in a recent Wall Street Journal article.
Using data and evidence from a variety of sources and studies on aging, the article debunks some of the most prevalent (and negative!) stereotypes about aging.
Major finds in the analysis include that those in the 55+ age group actually have the lowest occurrence of major depressive episodes, compared to those 26 to 49 years old, and the 18 to 25 group.
Studies also revealed that cognitive decline is not something that all of us will experience; evidence actually shows that those who take on new skills and tasks improve their memory and the speed of processing information.
Another myth debunked: that as we age, loneliness is inevitable. Simply not the case. Sure, it's tough to lose more and more loved ones as the years go by. But studies show that while we may have fewer people around us as we age, we appreciate and value those relationships much more than we did in our younger years. What we lose in the quantity of relationships, we gain in quality.
Changing the way we perceive aging is necessary, not only to produce a better outlook on the process, but because many of our beliefs simply are not true.
To read all the aging myths debunked, click here.