Sunday, January 19, 2014

Monday Night Tweetchat: Debunking the Myths of Aging

Each Monday, healthcare professional, health-conscious baby-boomers and the caregivers of an elderly loved one, unit via twitter to discuss common health concerns, research, and tips on aging well.  

This Monday, January 20th, 2014, at #nurseup we will be discussing stereotypes of growing older and debunking common myths that come with age. Chat starts promptly at 4pmPT/7pmET and will last approximately one hour.

Here are a few to start us off:

Myth #1: Creaky, Stiff Joints are Unavoidable

Truth: A lack of exercise is what makes achy joints inevitable. When Australian researchers at the Monash University Medical School looked at women ages 40 to 67, they found that those who exercised at least once every two weeks for 20 minutes or more had more cartilage in their knees.

Myth #2: Bones Become Fragile And Posture Becomes Hunched

Truth: Osteoporosis is definitely more common in older people, but it's also preventable with proper nutrition and exercise. A study of females over 100 years of age found that only 56 percent had osteoporosis, and their average age at diagnosis was 87. Not too shabby. 

Myth #3: Old Age Kills Sex Drive

Truth: Impotence and a reduced sex drive are related to normally preventable or manageable medical conditions like high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, or depression. The solution is keeping yourself fit. Actually, something as simple as performing strength training exercises a few times a week can improve your sex life. Terrie B. Ginsberg, D.O. of the New Jersey Institute for Successful Aging, interviewed hundreds of people age 60 and over who lived in independent living facilities and found that about 60 percent were having regular sexual experiences.

My name is Leah Korkis and I will be your host. I am a nurse, caregiver, and founder of Healthy Now and Later. I look forward to getting to know you and joining you in your journey to living well, eating well, loving well, to ultimately age well. Hope to see you Monday! 

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