How much do you know about the lifestyles of older people, especially those over 65? How often have you made stereotypical comments about older people? Or embraced some myth that has been around for decades and perpetuated by television, magazines, newspapers and virtually every aspect of society?
Here are some commonly held myths about people over 65.
- Many people over 65 are senile (disoriented or demented).
- Most older people have no interest in, or capacity for, sex.
- The majority of older people feel miserable much of the time.
- At least 10 percent of the aged are living in long-stay institutions (nursing homes. assisted living facilities, etc.).
- Most older workers cannot work as effectively or efficiently as younger workers.
- Most old people are set in their ways and unable to change.
- As we get older, we have more illnesses, which is part of the aging process and should be expected.
- In general, most older people are pretty much alike.
- Most older people are isolated and lonely.
- People tend to become more religious as they age.
Do you have some unfounded myths about people over 65? Let me hear from you.