Normal Aging Process:
Note: A healthy lifestyle may slow many of the normal effects of aging.
Skin. Our skin becomes less elastic and more lined and wrinkled. Our skin becomes drier as our oil glands produce less oil. Use a moisturizer and a sunscreen to protect your skin
Hair. Our hair begins to thin on our scalp, as our hair pigment cells begin to decline our gray hair increases.
Height. By the age of 80, we may have lost as much as 2 inches in height.
Hearing. Changes in our ears make it harder for us to hear high-frequency sounds.
Vision. By the age 40, most of us will need reading glasses as the lenses in our eyes become less flexible. Our night vision greatly diminishes.
Sleep. We begin to sleep less at night and you will not sleep as deeply. Deep sleep escapes us.
Bones. We begin to lose mineral content in our bones. Our bones become less strong. You can slow down the bone loss by doing regular weight-bearing exercises (walking is a great one for this)
Metabolism. Our body does not need as much energy to run as our metabolism slows. The hormone changes that are taking place in our aging body result in a shift to more body fat and less muscle mass. Eating fewer calories and increasing your physical activity is the best way to maintain your metabolism.
Heart. Our heart becomes less efficient, it has to work harder than it did in the past. You will notice a decline in your energy.
Brain. The weight of our brain becomes smaller as does the amount of blood that flows through it. Our memory faces some changes. Challenge your brain to learn new things. We lose neurons in our brain which can lead to Dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Kidneys. Our kidneys decline in size and how they function. Drink plenty of water.
Lungs. Our lungs become less efficient, which means less oxygen to our body. Regular exercise is key in keeping your lungs strong.
Taste. Our Sense of taste drops off, everything tastes the same.
Muscle Mass. Our muscles decrease about 7 lbs per decade.
Everyone ages differently and many different things can affect the aging process; our genetics, what we eat, how much we exercise, and or if we suffer from any illnesses. Aging is inevitable but you can slow it down, just get up and move.