Yes, this is one traditional workaround. I'm just saying that even in antiquity, people struggled with this question.
You know, with your concerns, I might highly recommend In the Beginning by Henri Blocher. He makes a very big deal about needing to keep Scripture primary and not even allow science to dictate the conversation in such a way that Scripture would need to be reinterpreted. And he comes out in favor of an old earth.
It's admittedly a bit dated because the genetic questions about historical Adam hadn't yet broken when he wrote it, and he comes out unquestionably in favor of a literal Adam within an old-earth (or perhaps limitedly-evolutionary) framework. But in my opinion he does a great job helping people at least get from YEC to OEC without lowering the primacy of Scripture.