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7 Health Woes of Getting Older

It is tough to see yourself getting older and see yourself among the health issues that come with age. Take a look at some common health woes of getting older.

Mind Body By Himanshu Sharma / Dec 08, 2014

Age-related Health Problems

There is no formula yet that could provide the effects of the mythical fountain of youth. Growing older is beyond anyone’s control. Although, the lifestyle modifications such as having a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, fish and whole grains and regular physical activity can help slow down ageing. It is tough to see yourself getting older and see yourself among the health issues that come with age. There is a cognitive decline, weakening of bones and many other lesser-known senior concerns. Here are some common health woes of getting older. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

Skin Changes

As we age, skin loses the elasticity because of the shunned collagen production. You will develop wrinkles in your forehead, along your cheek and chin areas. The earlobes become elongated, eyelids start to droop and jowls begin to form. The upper lip may diminish in size while the lower lip will increase in size. A change in skin tone is another senior concern; skin becomes thinner and more transparent with age. The veins and capillaries become visible. Skin also becomes drier, making it more prone to scaling and itching. Small spots, known as age spots, may also appear on the face, ears and neck. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

Eye Problems

Just like other body parts, vision is also affected in the later part of life. Eyes undergo changes and one may experience vision problems. Macular degeneration is one of the common eye problems associated with old age. In this condition, the retina deteriorates and vision is greatly impaired. Cataracts, Dry Eye Syndrome, Glaucoma and Floaters are the other eye problems that seniors may get affected with. You can reduce the effect of age-related eyesight problems eating nutritious foods, protecting your eyes and seeing a vision specialist regularly. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

Slow Reflexes

As you will age, you will find that you are getting slower to process information and react. With age, you react slower to an action happening right in front of you. It is sometimes associated with one’s mind being not sharp as it was earlier. A study at the University of Michigan suggests that breakdowns in brain connections may be the reason why your physical response times slow as you age. Moreover, the seniors have difficulty finding the right word during conversations. Don’t be alarmed; slow reflex action is a part of growing older. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

Multitasking Troubles

You may be a master of multitasking today, but it may not be the same when you reach 50s. The ability to do more things at once gets affected in old age. When you are a senior, it is better that you don’t try your hand at more than one thing at a time or combine smaller tasks instead of the complicated tasks. A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that the brains of older people, when interrupted, tend to have greater difficulty switching back to their original task than younger people. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

A Change in Taste

In your later life, you may start to lose taste buds. An old person may not be able to make out between different taste sensations– sweet, sour, bitter or salty. With decline in the number of taste buds, it can result in a loss of appetite, weight loss, poor nutrition and weakened immunity. The reason for the loss in ability to taste is unknown, though it is believed that it is related to disease, smoking, and environmental exposures. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

Balance Issues

Balance problems are quite common in seniors. According the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in three adults over the age of 65 years falls each year and has some kind of balance issues. The decline in bone strength is often blamed for balance issues; however, it can also be affected by other medications and medical ailments. Sometimes, these can be resolved, consult your doctor about your balance issues. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

Decreased Sense of Smell

A person's sense of smell may decline after the age of 50. This sensory loss is referred to as presbyosmia. There is no one reason that causes decline in sense of smell in old age and a number of reasons could be behind it. In some cases, a decreased sense of smell occurs as a side-effect of medicine. In that case, you must check with your doctor to make sure this isn’t the case. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)


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