5 Myths About Aging and Your Health

You're Bound to Become Senile

Most of us just assume that forgetfulness and senility come with old age. The truth, however, is that most older people don't experience a significant decline in their mental abilities [source: Zastrow].

Those who do experience a serious loss of memory or cognitive ability are usually affected by a degenerative disease such as Alzheimer's. And not all people get Alzheimer's -- about 1 in 8 people over the age of 65 has the disease [source: Alzheimer's Association].

There are more than a hundred other illnesses that can cause memory loss and apparent senility, but many of these are treatable [source: Zastrow]. So while you may forget where you put your keys from time to time, there's a good chance you'll remain sharp well into your golden years.

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