Many people make assumptions about the aging process and assume that memory loss diseases, like Dementia, are a natural part of it. It is common to experience occasional memory loss or absent-mindedness, such as forgetting where you left your phone or forgetting why you entered a room. As people age and experience such common events, they start to wonder if they are developing Dementia. This is not always the case. Here are four myths about aging.
All Older Adults Suffer from Memory Loss and Eventually Suffer from Dementia
Fact: Dementia is not part of the natural aging process. Research from the American Psychological Association has shown that even though the risk of developing dementia increases as we get older, less than 25% of people over the age of 65 actually develop it. For individuals over 85, only less than 50% develop Alzheimer’s Disease or some other form of dementia.
Mild forgetfulness is common as we age but usually does not lead to something serious. You can maintain your brain health by staying mentally active, staying socially involved, and exercising regularly.
Older Adults Should Avoid Exercising as They Get Injured Easily
Contrary to popular belief, exercising and staying active brings more good than harm to older adults. Inactivity and sitting too much are often the culprit that causes them to lose independence in their daily activities. Older adults can engage in a range of physical activities, such as Tai Chi, yoga or brisk walking.
TerraBella Little Avenue offers Dimensions Health & Wellness, a long-term program aimed at helping our residents stay active. Stimulating the mind, body, and soul, each program is personalized to ensure that your loved one gets the most out of their workout.
It is Okay if Older Adults Drink, Smoke or are Obese
Smoking, obesity, and excessive drinking increase their risk of memory loss and dementia-related diseases as it contributes to cognitive decline. Good healthy practices, even in their golden years, can help them to retain their physical and mental health.
I Will Get Dementia if a Family Member Has It.
Alzheimer’s disease and most types of dementia are not hereditary diseases. There may be stronger genetic links in rare forms of dementia, but those only make up a tiny proportion of overall cases of dementia. Hence, having a parent or grandparent with Alzheimer’s does not mean that you would develop the disease. Environmental and lifestyle factors are more likely to indicate your risk for dementia.
All in all, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are not that common in older adults if you maintain your physical and mental health actively.
Memory Care at TerraBella Little Avenue
TerraBella Little Avenue offers person-centered memory care, dedicated to offering a partner in care for a loved one with dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. They provide assistance in daily activities and plan many activities to help your loved ones lead an enriching and meaningful life in their golden years. They offer physical activities, engaging group activities, interactive dining experiences, and more!
To find out more, visit our website or contact us at 704-448-5760.