Signs of Getting Old
The process of growing old is called "aging." It is also spelled "ageing." Both spellings are acceptable. All human beings, animals and plants begin to die the same minute they begin to live. Therefore, we die as we age.
The space between the time we are born and the time we die represents the accumulations of many changes that have taken place to us physically, psychologically, mentally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. From that list, you can see that no parts of us remain the same.
About 150,000 people die every single day across the world. About two-thirds of them die from age-related causes.
People Age Differently
Even though everyone dies slowly day by day, some signs might not be noticed immediately. There are some people who seem to look like they age overnight. Friends who have not seen each other in a long time might be shocked when they meet years later because they have aged so much.
Most people do not look the same way at class reunions that they looked when they left high school years earlier. Since everyone doesn't age the same way, some people at the same physical age might look much older than their classmates.
Even though people age at different rates, and to different degrees, there are some common signs of the aging process. Some of those signs and symptoms of aging include greater risks in the following areas:
- The skin begins to wrinkle, crack and sag.
- Hearing loss begins in some people around 75 years old.
- By age 80, more than half of all Americans have cataracts.
- Teeth fall out.
- Hair turns gray or white and fall out around the age of 50.
- Changes become obvious in posture, movement, and balance.
- Urinary incontinence develops.
Forgetfulness is common.
- Naps become necessary during the day.
- Nails grow more slowly as one gets older.
- Weight loss is noticed after 55 in men and after 65 in women because of the loss of muscle tissue.
- Between 60–64, osteoarthritis rises to 53 percent. The joint disease comes from the breakdown of joint cartilage and underlying bone. Joint pain and stiffness are results of osteoarthritis. Some older people need hip or knee replacements.
There are no visible signs of aging with the naked eye. The aging process is clearly noticeable when people go to the hospital and certain tests are administered. X-rays and MRIs and other test show how people have ages internally.
The skin is the most visible sign of aging to others. Even though the other signs might be obvious to individuals, they might not be obvious to others immediately. For instance, urinary incontinence is private.
Hearing aids are so small and modernized these days that people wear them without others knowing it. There are cosmetics that can cover some of the skin changes, but most changes in the skin are ever-present.
- The skin of older people gets thinner and becomes less elastic. Thin skin is more prone to lines, cracks, and wrinkles, especially around the eyes and the mouth because they move the most.
Sweat glands produce less sweat.
- Age spots develop on areas that are exposed to the sun.
- The skin is stretch because of gaining and losing weight as well as gravity.
- Older adults have dry and dull skin because it doesn't produce as much natural moisture as it did when they were younger.
- Because blood vessel walls become weaker and thinner over time, the skin can become easily bruised.
- Sometimes open pores show up on the face, back, chest or upper arms.
- Moles appear on the face, neck, shoulders and other parts of the body.
Aging Is Inevitable
Even though there are many plastic surgeries that can hide some aging, there are none that can prevent aging from occurring. If people continue living, they will continue to age.
It bothers some people to get old. Some people say women age more gracefully than men. However, the bottom line is that it really depends on the person. If a person, whether male or female, wasn't graceful as a young adult, the person wouldn't be graceful as an elderly person.