So much has been written on the subject of age, that it seems there should be some sort of handbook on how to do it with success by now. The truth is, aging is not something to be achieved, it is just part of life.
Age is Just a Number
By the year 2020, it is estimated that 1 in 6 Americans will be over the age of 65. The impact this will have on almost every aspect of culture and society will be profound. Effecting economic, social, and healthcare areas with this massive and rapid expanding segment of our population. All of us will be affected by this in one way or another.
Although the physical aging of our bodies is unavoidable, people age at a widely different rate from one another. Genetics play a major role in how you age over the next person. This along with environmental factors and lifestyle all play their parts in the aging process. At least on the physical side of things.
Mental age, in my opinion, is all about how you act. I have been told on several occasions that I do not “act my age”, to which I say “good, I hope I never do”. On the other side of this, you can also “act” older than you are and in some cases “feel” older too. Everyone has a bad day (or week). The trick is not to let it define you. Be the age you want to be, don’t ever let anyone (including yourself) tell you that you are “too old” for something.
Taking these simple pledges with me (especially 1, 2, and 7), will have you firmly on the right path.
A Clear Picture
As we age, various malfunctions in the process of vision may occur. The causes here may include, loss of muscle tone or eye lubrication. In addition, vision may be affected by deterioration or even disease. By age 60, the pupil can be reduced in size by a third, this alters how and how much light passes through. Here are a few eye problems that can arise with age:
- Macular degeneration
Most of these are related to aging, but some are even hereditary. To reduce your chances any developing any of these (or other) problems, be sure you see your eye doctor regularly from an early age.
Having a (Senior) Moment
Many older people worry about forgetfulness. The think forgetting things is the first sign of Alzheimer’s or dementia. In the past, forgetting things and confusion were considered “normal” parts of getting older. Recently, studies have shown, that most people remain fully alert and physically able-bodied as they age. Although it may take them longer to remember things.
A lot of people experience memory lapses, even when you are younger. Some memory problems are serious and others are not. People who have serious changes in their memory, personality, and behavior may suffer from dementia. Dementia seriously affects a person’s ability to carry out normal daily activities. Alzheimer’s disease is just one form of dementia.
The term dementia describes a group of symptoms that are caused by changes in brain function. Some of the symptoms may include:
- Asking the same questions repeatedly
- Getting lost in (what should be) familiar places
- Being unable to follow directions
- Disorientation about time, people, and places
- Neglecting their own personal safety, hygiene, or nutrition
Getting enough rest is very important as we get older. The body works to rebuild and regenerate itself as we sleep, so this is especially important as we get older.
Adding a weight bearing routine to your physical activities with help you keep your muscles strong.
Learn something new. Take control of your brain health by learning. Your brain could do with a work out too.
Cut back on fats and increase your fiber intake.
Plan for your financial future. Make sure that you have a retirement plan in place so that your loved ones are not forced to make decisions for you.
Spend time with family and friends. Being around those you love, is good for your soul.