Myths on Aging Blasted

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"Most of the negative images associated with aging are exaggerated or downright wrong, says Dr. Roger F. Landry, who is developing a "Successful Aging" program focusing on wellness of mind, body, and spirit. Contrary to popular belief, Alzheimer's disease afflicts only 10 percent of people over the age of 65; most other forms of mental decline are caused by disuse and can be prevented by keeping the mind engaged through word games, crossword puzzles, or even simple conversation, Landry says.

Similarly, seniors are not only capable of exercise but require it to maintain their independence and mental function. Perhaps most encouraging, Landry said, loneliness and depression are no longer inevitable accompaniments to growing old. Many seniors maintain their social connections, often through volunteering, continued employment, or moving to senior communities. E-mail is another way of connecting. Landry said seniors comprise the most rapidly growing computer-literate group."

Footnote: Study of God's Word quickens the mind and body. Ron B.