Aging is an inevitable process that every healthy individual goes through. But with age, there are certain changes in the body. These degenerative changes in the body are usually accompanied by certain physical changes. It is normal to experience a certain pain here or a misplaced book there, but an unusually high degree of these changes might be indicative of something serious. Here are the symptoms to look out for.
Painful bones and joints
One of the earliest signs of aging, aching bones and joints are caused as they undergo certain changes. As the bone density reduces, it makes bones fragile Ans prone to fractures, which is why people of advanced ages need to take extra care to protect their bones. Increased dairy products and calcium supplements have to be consumed to strengthen the bones.
While loss of mobility might be associated with aching joints or not, it is definitely a concern for older persons. Tasks which used to be easy seem to take much more time and effort. It is important to ensure that all the necessities should be close to aid n easier reach.
Often older people complain of decreased vision. While this is quite common and can be remedied with a pair of glasses, after a certain age the chances of eye conditions such as astigmatism rise steeply. Therefore, if you are experiencing blurred vision see a doctor immediately.
As age advances the ears become less sensitive to certain frequencies and this results in a loss of hearing abilities. Although this is quite normal, it can also be caused by several factors such as blood pressure, diabetes, prolonged exposure to noise etc. If the problem aggravates, hearing aids might be required.
As the body ages, the smooth production of enzymes and the process of digestion and metabolism becomes slower. This often results in disorders of the stomach, kidney, liver etc such as dyspepsia, fatty liver, diabetes etc. If you experience digestive problems, it is important to shift to a simple, easy to digest diet with less fat and spices.
Loss of appetite
Most human beings, and even animals, experience a reduced appetite after a certain age. It is the body’s natural mechanism to cope up with the degenerative changes that the digestive system goes through. But if there is an extreme loss of appetite it might indicate some serious digestive disorder and immediate medical attention is necessary to prevent an aggravation of the condition.
Age can bring about mental health issues such as depression, irritability, apathy etc. It can bring about low motivation, decline in social skills and even a tendency to withdraw. It is important to increase social activities. Take up a new skill, hobby or join a local club and mingle with people. You can also volunteer as it brings about a sense of purpose and fulfillment.
Although it is not uncommon to forget certain things with age, but unusual memory loss might suggest serious degenerative diseases such as dementia, Alzheimer’s etc. It is important to see a doctor immediately to reduce any further damage. Cerebrolysin and other supplements might be taken to improve memory.
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With proper care and regular treatment old age can be managed better.