As your body grows older, there are a number of different changes that occur. While each individual does age in their own way, these are some of the most common mental and physical signs of aging that you should be aware of.
The skin is often where you will first begin to notice signs of aging, as there are several changes that occur here. Due to the decrease of collagen and elastin production, skin begins to acquire wrinkles and fine lines, while losing its tone and firmness. The oil glands also begin to slow down, meaning that less oil is produced and the skin becomes drier, exacerbating the fine lines and wrinkles. All of these changes make it vital to have a solid anti-aging skin care routine in place from as early on as possible, so that you can prevent, rather than treat, these skin changes.
Brain and Memory
Aging usually begins to occur in the brain at some point during a person’s 30’s, with the weight and blow flow to the brain decreasing. Changes to the memory are also extremely common, from having trouble recalling recent memories to forgetting the names and details of people and places. However, there are many brain training activities that you can take part in to help keep your brain sharp for as long as possible.
Bones and Joints
Bone density decreases with age, as the body is not able to absorb as much calcium from food any more, which makes the elderly much more susceptible to broken bones. The joints are also affected, as the cartilage that lines them begins to thin, mostly due to wear and tear over the years. This means that not only are joints more prone to injury, but joint pain also becomes much more frequent.
Since the number of cells in the kidneys decrease over the years, the kidneys themselves become smaller, meaning that less blood is able to flow through them. As this continues, the kidneys become less effective at removing waste products from the blood, and they can make several mistakes, such as excreting too much water but too little salt, leading to dehydration.
As the body ages, falling into a deep sleep, and not waking until morning, becomes increasingly rare. Not only are you likely to frequently wake up during the night, but many other sleep problems can rear up, with the most common being insomnia. While some find that they generally need less sleep anyway as they age, others can become quite worn down by the lack of quality sleep, leading to a range of other mental issues, from stress to depression.
While aging may be an inevitable part of life, the majority of people out there do not look forward to this, with many investing heavily in trying to delay the signs of aging for as long as possible. By being aware of the issues that you may be facing in the future, you will be able to take the necessary steps now to prevent these from occurring in a drastic way.