As we age, we change – and there’s not much that we can do about that. For most people, the concept of aging is not a happy one. It’s one filled with worry and fear as to what’s to come. It’s usually because people associate old age with bad health, and when this happens, they tend to make themselves feel more sluggish and unhappy as they get older. If you understand what’s going on with your body, however, you can understand how to handle each of the changes that you have to look forward to experiencing.
Your skin and bones can start to change, you may experience a hearing loss with the changes to your brain. You could even experience difficulties in movement. The key is to roll with the changes as if they don’t bother you. Acceptance is key to a happier, healthier life. With that in mind, let’s look at six things that you can expect to change in old age.
- Your Bones. As you age, your bones will become thinner, more brittle and can become stiffer as time moves on. Thinning bones and an overall decrease in bone mass can put you at risk of breaking your bones. Osteoporosis is a big deal, so you should consider a conversation with your doctor if you are at all concerned.
- Your Heart. A healthy diet and regular movement can help you to keep your body as healthy as possible. This doesn’t stop your heart from becoming enlarged as you age, though. Your heart rate can lower and the heart walls can thicken. This can lead to trouble over time, with your heart needing extra care.
- Your Brain. Your reflexes change as you age, and while dementia isn’t a normal consequence of aging, it’s a common outcome for people to be forgetful as they get older.
- Digestive System. Getting older can play havoc with your digestion, as the digestive tract becomes firmer and more rigid. It doesn’t contract as often as we age and this can lead to stomach aches, nausea, and griping wind pain.
- Your Senses. Hearing loss and a slow decline in your vision as you age are both natural consequences. You may not feel as sharp as you used to, which can lead to issues when interacting with friends and family. Your reactions are slower, and it takes more to stimulate the senses.
- Your Skin. You can witness the effects of aging on your skin as you age, from the loss of elasticity to the slight sag and wrinkle that increases over time. Dry skin is common in the elderly, and moisturizers can help here. Keep out of the sun and continue to use sunscreen.
- Your Teeth. Enamel is tough on the teeth, but over time, decay forms and wears them away. This leads you to be more likely to develop cavities. Along with weakened enamel, you may deal with dry mouth and gum disease, which are a concern for older adults.
Even as we age and our bodies and minds change, we can still thrive and live a great life. Especially with these helpful tips!