Don’t believe the stereotypes – older adults are good with technology. In fact, they might be a little too good. This piece in the Wall Street Journal profiles a few older adults and their regular interactions with their cell phones and other devices. Not only do they use their phone for a majority of the day, they also have the additional gadgets like a laptop and iPad or tablet to keep them wired. New data finds older adults spend nearly ten hours a day on their devices – leaving their kids or grandkids often intervening or even banning phones.
Ageism comes in all different forms and whether it’s subtle or overt, studies show that ageism has a detrimental effect on the psychological and even physical health of older adults. This piece by Healthline explores how ageist beliefs that perpetuate the negative stereotypes of aging in society affect the lifestyles and health of individuals. The narrative that older adults are weaker, unattractive, and unfulfilled has been portrayed in the media and become so commonplace that people often unknowingly internalize these stereotypes. This has been found to cause chronic stress and health-related ailments.
It might be shocking to hear, but memory decline is not inevitable with aging. Memory is an integral part of peoples’ identities, creativity, and everyday lives. Therefore, when people have trouble with their ability to maintain or recall memories, it can be frustrating and scary. The New York Times explains some simple changes to your everyday life that could prevent such decline. Some of these recommendations might even be fun new past times, such as playing games and starting new novels.
Intergenerational home sharing can boost mental well-being and benefit both young and old. Citing the housing shortage and skyrocketing rents, this piece emphasizes that older adults on a fixed income and young people or college students can benefit from a shared living situation. This arrangement can look like an older adult renting out one of their rooms or sharing an apartment in a city. Both people can enjoy each other’s company while still living independently.