Debunking The Myths of Ageing
Ask anyone: What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think about seniors? The mixed reactions may conjure an image of a frail figure in clothes from another era, or a soft grip on a walking cane.
Often, the stereotype of seniors as tired, alone and depressed can be traced back to our own fears of ageing. It is true that illness and decline of physical and cognitive health becomes a bigger concern with age. However, giving up an active lifestyle after retirement, and fitting into the stereotype of an elderly person doesn’t have to be the norm. In fact, there are plenty of ways that seniors can defy these stereotypes and live agelessly, in confident pursuit of their ambitions.
Here are some common myths about seniors, tips on how to break away from these ideas, and real life examples of active agers from NTUC Health’s Active Ageing Hubs, Senior Activity Centres, and around the world.
Myth 1: “Seniors feel lonely, or prefer to be alone.”
Relationships change throughout life, and this is true especially for those who lose loved ones to illness or old age, or find it difficult to meet new people as they grow older. However, community is important for humans to feel a sense of belonging and support.
Have you ever reflected on why it was easier to make friends as a student versus as an adult? It could have something to do with the ongoing opportunity to meet peers at school and having regular group activities in a shared environment.
With this in mind, there is opportunity for seniors to actively seek out spaces where they can make friends with like-minded others and enjoy a sense of community. At our Active Ageing Hubs, seniors can choose to pursue their interests and continue to make lifelong friends.