People in the World are living longer than ever before. Many seniors live active and healthy lives.
People in the World are living longer than ever before. Many seniors live active and healthy lives. But there’s no getting around one thing: as we age, our bodies and minds change. There are things you can do to stay healthy and active as you age. It is important to understand what to expect. Some changes may just be part of normal aging, while others may be a warning sign of a medical problem. It is important to know the difference, and to let your healthcare provider know if you have any concerns. Having a healthy lifestyle can help you to deal with normal aging changes and make the most of your life. Changes: Age-related hearing loss, or presbycusis, is the slow loss of hearing that occurs as people get older. Your body shape changes naturally as you age. Some of these changes cannot be avoided but your lifestyle choices may slow or speed the process. Your hair and nails function to protect your body. They also keep the temperature of your body steady. Another important function of the hair and nails is to help you (sense) feel things. As you age, your hair and nails begin to change. The endocrine system is made up of organs and tissues that produce hormones. Hormones are natural chemicals produced in one location, released into the bloodstream and then used by other target organs and systems. As we age, changes naturally occur in the way that body systems are controlled. Some target tissues become less sensitive to their controlling hormone. The amount of hormones produced may also change. Your immune system helps protect your body from foreign or harmful substances. As you grow older, your immune system changes and does not work as well. Healing is slowed in older persons. All vital organs begin to lose some function as you age. Aging changes have been found in all of the body’s cells, tissues, and organs, and these changes affect the functioning of all body systems. Skin changes are among the most visible signs of aging. Evidence of increasing age includes wrinkles and sagging skin. Whitening or graying of the hair is another obvious sign of aging. Aging changes in sleep, with aging, sleep patterns tend to change. Most people find that aging causes them to have a harder time falling asleep, and that they awaken more often. Aging changes in the bones – muscles – joint Changes in the muscles, joints, and bones affect the posture and gait, and lead to weakness and slowed movement. Aging changes in the face The appearance of the face and neck typically changes with age. Loss of muscle tone and thinning skin gives the face a flabby or drooping appearance. In some people, sagging jowls may create the look of a “double chin.”