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According to a recent nextavenue.org article, (“The 5 Things That Spook People Over 50,” October 2014), if you are 50 or older, you likely share at least some of these fears:

 

  • Memory loss. Cognitive decline is a common fear among people as they get older. Luckily, the mental aging process can be slowed by engaging your mind, eating a healthy diet, exercising and getting a decent amount of sleep.
  • Loneliness. Loneliness can take both a mental and physical toll. Make an effort to engage with others by making new friends. Also, consider living closer to loved ones.
  • Not having enough money. Preparation is the key to allaying this fear. Do your best to be debt-free and figure out exactly how much you’ll need to afford your lifestyle in retirement. It’s always a good idea to work with a financial advisor.
  • Health problems. Improving your lifestyle can keep you healthier for longer. In addition to eating a sensible diet, simple changes—such as sitting less and meditating to reduce stress—can really make a difference.
  • Death. Making sure you are living your best life, as well as practicing forgiveness, will help reduce your fear of leaving this earth with unsettled issues.

 

A recent helpguide.org article (“Staying Healthy As You Age,” December 2014) offers more guidance on combating the fears that may plague you as you age.

 

Many of the things we believe and fear about aging are simply myths. Getting older does not automatically lead to poor health, significant cognitive decline or an inability to learn new things. One oft-mentioned recommendation is to find meaning and enjoyment in life. Pick up a long-dormant hobby, learn to play an instrument or speak a foreign language, or take a class. Finding activities that keep you interested and engage your mind will go a long way toward keeping your brain healthy and staving off loneliness.

 

What are your biggest fears?