Men’s Fears About Aging

by Lois Etienne on August 19, 2011

in Alzheimer's and Dementia,Senior Health and Safety

Last time I talked about what women’s biggest fears were associated with aging. Now, I will be the first one to tell you that I don’t have a clue what men really are afraid of but there’s always data to draw from. It seems their biggest concern is impotence. Ken Robbins, a University of Wisconsin professor of psychiatry who’s also board certified in internal medicine states, “When libido starts to diminish or things don’t work as well as they did before, it’s very common for men to worry that they’ll embarrass or humiliate themselves.” From my experience, I think this follows them their entire lives!

Senior Arizona Man DrivingImpotence is then followed by weakness, retirement/irrelevancy, losing the ability to drive (or independence) and finally, losing their minds (or their wife losing hers).

Truth is, I think, for women and men, it really comes down to having value in someone else’s eyes, knowing that someone cares about us and that our existence matters. From there springs hope of a brighter tomorrow.

 

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