- Aging & Longevity
Ten Signs You Are Getting Old
No Thought of Getting Old as a Teacher
No Thought of Getting Old
I never thought that much of getting old until this past year. Up until April 1, 2014, I was still in my 60s and gainfully employed as an English teacher in a Catholic all-girls school in Bangkok, Thailand. All of my students kept me young and I never thought of getting old.
Retired at the Age of 70
Showing Signs of Age
Things have changed, however, over the past year, and I am more and more starting to show the signs of getting old. Signs of age usually start hitting people in their 50s. If you are lucky, you can delay these signs until your 80s. Over the past 20 years, I have observed numerous signs of aging from my own and others experiences.
Ten Signs You Are Getting Old
Signs of getting old are both mental and physical. You begin losing interest in work and hobbies, become depressed, start forgetting, and physically begin showing signs of back, vision, and hearing ailments. At the worst, you are afflicted with cancer and heart disease. Ten signs you are getting old which are most common follow.
Vision and Hearing Problems
My ex-boss once remarked that the eyes are one of the first things to go when you are getting old. Most people in their 50s start using reading glasses. I also started experiencing floaters when I was about 56. Then, too, there are a lot of seniors needing cataract surgery. I will also need it soon.
My hearing isn't what it was when I was younger. When sitting in a noisy room, I have a hard time hearing the person sitting across from me at a table. It probably is only a matter of time before I start wearing a hearing aid like other older folks.
To Bed and Up with the Chickens
As late as 10 years ago, I could get up before 5:00 am after going to bed at 11 pm. In recent years, however, I have been needing eight to nine hours of sleep each night. Around 8:00 each evening, I am ready to take a shower and get ready for bed. After reading for a while, I am usually asleep by around 9:00 and then up at daybreak before 6:00 on most days. I have also noticed that a lot of my Thai neighbors in their 70s and 80s are on the same schedule as me.
No Interest in Trying New Things
Although I gave up a comfortable life in the States to come and retire in Thailand when I was 62, I have noticed being less and less willing to try new things as the years go by. This is especially so when it comes to using the latest high tech electronic gadgets and getting into the culture which is popular among the young. I have only had a smartphone for a year and still haven't really utilized all of its applications and features. In my case, there appears to be truth to the statement that you can't teach an old dog new tricks.
One of the reasons why seniors have no interest in trying new things is because they are too busy living in the past. Their glory days were when they were young, and they continue reliving these times through the music they listen to and movies and TV shows they watch.
Signs You Are Getting Old
Which is the most obvious sign you are getting old?
Decreased Sex Drive
When I was in my 20s, I once heard lyrics to a song which went like this:
When I was young and in my prime, I used to do it all the time; now that I am old and gray, I only do it once on a rainy day.
As people age, it is definitely true that sex drive decreases. Female menopause accounts for this, and for males, it is erectile dysfunction (ED.) A lot of this is caused by heart problems and other medical ailments. With hormone replacement therapy and proper exercise and care of your body, decreased sex drive should not set in until your late 70s or 80s.
Can't Remember Things
As most people age, it is harder to remember names, directions, and where you placed things. Some jokingly refer to this as "senior moments" or "CRS" "Can't remember s _ _ t." Unfortunately, a lot of seniors develop Alzheimer's in their 70s in which they eventually can't remember anything and then soon die.
No Interest in Work or Hobbies
How many seniors have you seen sitting on their porches or on park benches all day long doing nothing but occasionally talking with loved ones or friends? I have noticed this phenomenon in Udorn, Thailand, where I live. Most of these seniors in Thailand are as young as their early 60s when most people are forced to retire. Unfortunately, many of these people have no interest in part-time work or hobbies like gardening and golf.
Top Ten Signs You Are Getting Old
Increase in Flatulence
While aging, I have noticed that I am farting more than when I was younger. The reason for this is probably because older people don't digest their food as well as younger folk.
Cancer and Heart Problems
The human body is just like a machine. To function and last a long time, the body must be tuned up and taken care of with scheduled maintenance similar to an automobile. If you develop bad habits like drinking and smoking when young and hardly ever see a doctor for checkups, you can expect to experience cancer and heart problems as early as your late 40s and 50s. It is logical that your body is starting to break down due to age and lack of proper care. I was diagnosed with kidney cancer at the age of 70 and had my left kidney removed.
Back and Joint Problems
Back and joint problems in the form of slipped and herniated discs, arthritis, and rheumatism seem to be common complaints of seniors. My brother-in-law who was born in 1950 has already had two back operations.
Finally, depression is a common sign of the elderly. My dad was hit with depression during the last two years of his 88-year long life. He didn't want help for his condition until my mother convinced him to see a doctor who put him on the prescription drug Paxil.
Gray hair, losing of hair, wrinkles and old age skin spots are also signs of getting old. However, the ten signs you are getting old which I have listed in this hub seem most common to me.
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