6 Myths About Aging: How to View Maturing in a Positive Light

6 Myths About Aging: How to View Maturing in a Positive Light
mature couple at the beach
Tamara Lechner

Aging is a natural process in life. Every single day you are older than you were the day before. Stereotypes about aging would have you believe that as you get older your health suffers, you become a burden to your families, your sleep patterns change, your minds are less sharp and flexible, and you become grumpier.

According to Mark Twain, “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” Is this true or should you be focused on avoiding mental and physical decline? Here are six common myths about aging, and how to change your perspective when it comes to getting older.

Dinner Is Now at 4:30 p.m.

I’ve often wondered why there is an early bird dinner that begins at 4:30 and subsequently why it seems to be filled with retirees. Do older people want to eat earlier then younger people? And if they do, is it because of a physical need or just because they have run out of other things to do during their day?

The answer might be found in a study by Stephen Brown done at the Institute for Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Zürich. Dr. Brown and his team studied how hormones that circulate in the blood affect the sleep and eating patterns of older and younger populations. The researchers knew that the body’s circadian clock is determined largely by the expression of the circadian genes (genes that dictate the patterns of sleeping and waking). The study showed that older people tend to have an earlier peak in this gene expression over a 24-hour period.

The question remains—do older people eat earlier thus changing their gene pattern or does the gene pattern change with age? I like to think Deepak Chopra was correct when he said, “The ‘normal’ experience of the body and its aging is a conditioned response—a habit of thinking and behavior. By changing your habits of thinking and behavior, you can change the experience of your body and its aging.”

Looking Old Is Less Attractive and Comes with Physical Decline

I think you can agree that this myth has been debunked. There are examples all around you of people choosing to defy aging. Demi Moore seems to look younger with each marriage, and shows …read more
Source: Deepak Chopra

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