It is perfectly normal to dislike the idea of aging no matter who you are. Many of us fear aging, but for different reasons. The following is a list of the top 5 reasons why men fear aging (and what they can do about it).
Men commonly worry about the embarrassment of the loss of libido and sexual function that often comes later in life. In a 2001 poll, the prospect of impotence was more terrifying to readers of a men’s magazine than cancer! To fight this fear, men should have their cholesterol checked regularly. 75% of men with erectile dysfunction have abnormal cholesterol levels.
For men, physical power is an important part of their masculinity. Loss of physical strength causes many men to feel incompetent or useless. To fight this fear, maintain a healthy physique by eating right and working out. Strength training, within the confines of your ability, is great for promoting muscle health at any age.
While the idea of extra free time and no work may seem appealing, for many men the prospect of retirement is daunting. Men take pride in their careers and often attach a sense of who they are to what they do for work. To fight this fear, stay involved in your community. Explore interests that you didn’t have time for when you were working. Or, if you have the option, keep working! Seniors are an important part of today’s working world.
Loss of independence
Many men greatly value independence and specifically the freedom to drive a vehicle. The idea of losing the ability to drive brings feelings of fear about having to depend on someone else to get places. In reality, this fear is not entirely founded in facts. Many people drive safely well into their 70’s and even 80’s. When the time comes, however, just know that the safety of yourself and others is more important than independence.
Losing your mind
Unfortunately, there is not yet a cure for Alzheimer’s and the disease affects more people each year. Many men fear that they will begin to forget the things they once knew. Men also fear that their wife will develop dementia and that they will lose their companion. Although there are no complete cures yet, you can fight your fear of Alzheimer’s by living a heart-healthy lifestyle to lower the risk.
Call our offices. We are here to help