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Ten Signs You Are Getting Old

Updated on December 30, 2017
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Life has been a great teacher for me. I have learned more from my various jobs and experiences with people than from books.

No Thought of Getting Old as a Teacher

English teacher at age 65
English teacher at age 65 | Source

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.

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.

Retired at the Age of 70

Picture taken at age 70 on a trip to Hong Kong
Picture taken at age 70 on a trip to Hong Kong | Source

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 2007, 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.

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.

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.

Depression

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.

Top Ten Signs You Are Getting Old

Summary

Gray hair, loss 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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    • Paul Kuehn profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      3 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Thanks for sharing this comment, Mike. It is so true.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      3 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      I appreciate your comments, moonlake. Yes, there are a lot of younger people who look at older people as if they don't exist. When I was teaching at the age of 69, many of my students looked up to me if I was animated and shared their interests.

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      Mike Russo 

      3 months ago from Placentia California

      I had a pharmacist tell me. Just remember, if you live long enough, all your drugs will be generic.

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      moonlake 

      3 months ago from America

      I think what I hate the most is people looking through you like you don’t exist. It also seems they think they can treat you bad because your old. I always like to be friendly. While in the store yesterday looking for mealworms along with other people standing beside me looking for the same thing for the Robins. The store was out of mealworms. I said to the couple next to me that we could feed them sunflower hearts. They stuck their nose in the air and walked away. This kind of thing happens a lot.

      I have not lost interest in the things I like and some of my hobbies. I agree with you with everything else.

    • Paul Kuehn profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      2 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      I probably was exaggerating and emphasizing too much of the negative. Yes being alive is better than the alternative. Excuse my long delay in answering your comment.

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 years ago from The Caribbean

      So this is what we have to look forward to? I appreciate the warning. I go forward fearlessly knowing that this is better than the alternative. Good article, Paul.

    • Paul Kuehn profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      2 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      &Big E , when I was still teaching, I did regularly dye my hair either black or brown and did feel and look a lot younger.

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      Big E 

      2 years ago

      Black skin can help you look younger.

      For white folks dying your hair brown every month would help you look younger.

    • Paul Kuehn profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      &Glenn Stok Thank you very much for your great comments! Yes, staying active physically and mentally is very important for slowing the aging process. I think socialization is also very important.

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      Glenn Stok 

      3 years ago from Long Island, NY

      I am 65 and still love to learn new things and study how to do new things. I've always been a self-learner. For example, I don't hesitate to read user manuals for new electronic gadgets to get to know every little detail of its usage. I guess as long as we keep our brain involved and active, we will feel better about getting older. This may even help add years to our life.

      Nevertheless, there are things we can't avoid with age. My eyes aren't the same, I developed tinnitus, and I even tore my rotator cuff (shoulder).

      Of course there is more to it too. I eat healthy. Recently I started concentrating on a plant based diet. And I noticed many positive changes after that. I'm also a hiker and easily walk six miles.

      Bottom line: stay active both physically and mentally as long as you can, and it slows the aging process.

    • Paul Kuehn profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Hi Peggy! yes, a sense of humor really helps when you are aging. Thank you very much for the votes and sharing!

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      Peggy Woods 

      3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Having just turned another year older and not that far behind you, I got a kick out of reading this hub and also the comments you are getting. There are definite changes with aging but having a sense of humor helps. That walking in the woods alone advice for dealing with flatulence was funny. My backyard will have to suffice...and then hope the neighbors are not too close to the fence in their backyard since we share the same fence. Ha! Up votes and sharing.

    • Paul Kuehn profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      &peoplepower73 Thank you very much for your comments on my hub based on your own experiences. You are correct in that I should have more positive visions of age than the negative ones. And yes, thinking of the glass as half full and not half empty is a correct approach to take.

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      Mike Russo 

      3 years ago from Placentia California

      Paul: I'm 76 and will be 77 in Oct...God willing and the creek don't rise! I'm replying to each of your topics based on by own experience.

      I've have worn glasses since I was 13, but the eye doctor said my vision hasn't changed in the last 10 years. He said I may need cataract surgery in about 5 years.

      My wife thinks I'm losing my hearing, but I thinks it's fine. I think the problem is she is starting to mumble. I still get up with the chickens, but I fall asleep after dinner while watching T.V. and switching channels. I love to try new things. I have a technical background and can tell you how computers and the internet work from the inside out, clear down to electrons. That's because I worked in high tech fields all my life, including four years in the Air Force. I'm an avid woodcarver, woodworker, and I belong to a toastmaster's club. I love to write. I still have a sex drive, but Mr. Happy doesn't work the way he used to. Being gassy is a good thing because it means your system is generating digestive bacteria. I do have essential hypertension and the white coat syndrome. When I have my blood pressure checked in the Dr's office, it goes sky high, but I monitor it at home and it's just fine. I exercise three times a week with woman who leads our group. She has a PhD in kinesiology and explains every movement we make. I did have a bout of depression, but it wasn't about growing old. It was about politics at work.

      I keep my cars for a long time and I like to think of myself as an old car. The generator isn't genning as it should; the carburetor isn't carbing and the pistons...wait for it...don't go up and down.

      Thanks for giving me the opportunity to assess myself. As the doctor told me, "it's not old age, it's life. Think of the glass as half full not half empty. You can re-frame your thought into positive visions and feel much better about yourself and others.

      Voting up and funny.

    • Paul Kuehn profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Au fait, I really appreciate your comments on this hub. You're correct! It seems the older you get, the harder it is to keep up with new technology. I'm glad you found this article interesting and thanks for voting it, pinning it, and sharing on HP.

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      C E Clark 

      3 years ago from North Texas

      Seems like a pretty thorough list. I didn't think men ever lost interest in sex . . . my schedule is pretty much dictated by my employer or whatever is going on that I have to tend to. I love to learn about new things and always have, but that doesn't mean that I don't sometimes get tired of having to keep up with the technology. No sooner learn something new there and it becomes obsolete and something else has replaced it.

      Voted this up and interesting. Pinned to Awesome HubPages and shared on HP.

    • Paul Kuehn profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Thank you very much for your comments. I know I was probably too general in saying that older people don't have interest in new things. A lot of the educated seniors are learning up until their death.

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      Catherine Giordano 

      3 years ago from Orlando Florida

      It is such a myth that old people need less sleep. Old people get less sleep because of disturbances in their usual sleep patterns. I wake up in the middle of the night and can't go back to sleep. The only thing in your list I don't agree with is "no interest in new things." I'm very interested in learning new things.

    • Paul Kuehn profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Paula, you are a great cheerleader and optimist and I really enjoy reading all of your hubs. Yes, I should feel great about where I am in life now. Things really could be a lot worse. I hope you have a great week and summer!

    • Paul Kuehn profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Larry, thanks for your praise of this hub. I think there definitely is something to the saying that you can't teach an old dog new tricks.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      I'm very thankful and happy that you found this hub good and informative. All of us are forgetful to some degree.

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      Paula 

      3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Paul....Your hub is excellent. You "should" write whatever you want to write. That's the plus of being a writer, speaking our thoughts. Not all hubs are positive or light-hearted. That wouldn't be very realistic. I certainly didn't intend for you to think I was judging your hub, Paul.....I simply got a sense you might need to be encouraged to feel "great" about where you are in life. I have to do that now and then even to myself.

      Most of us are experiencing drops in our scores due to the latest scoring formula. There's a newsletter posted for us explaining it.

      I'm just a hopeless cheerleader and optimist. Have a good week-end Paul!

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Paula,

      Thank you very much for the pep talk and I have done my homework in rereading my hub. You are correct in that I am too negative in the statements I make. Maybe that is one reason why my hub score has been dropping since I published this hub! I understand that people expect to read and hear positive things and I agree that old age has its redeeming points which I should share more with my readers. Peace and happiness to you, too, Paula.

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      Paula 

      3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Paul.....Oh dear. Sounds like you can use a Pep talk! No time to give you my long and detailed talk, so listen Teacher, here's your homework:

      Read your own hub over very slowly. With every statement that is somewhat negative or depressing, replace some words with positive, uplifting words or phrases and believe them. Age is a number and an attitude. YOU, on the other hand are a happy, productive, thriving human being.

      The slight aches and discomforts may be a nuisance but everything works as it should, even though a bit slower. What's the hurry anyway?

      It's perfectly fine to dwell on past years. How else could you have become the wise, worldly and successful person you are?

      You are very blessed to have followed your dream, reached the point of retirement, which you have surely earned and now have the opportunity to be your own boss! Give yourself a chance to settle into this new situation and get excited about it. As a writer, your creativity is a strong plus.

      Don't compare yourself and/or your daily activities to anyone else (of any age).....Paul is a very special, unique person. Treat every single moment as though it is what it really is.....an opportunity to be happy, grateful & free to do as you please. It's perfectly OK to just sit and think or talk with someone on the front porch. In fact those are the special little things that you worked so hard to be able to embrace.

      Be lazy, be active and LOOK FOR THE HUMOR. Senior Citizens are a barrel of laughs.....go ahead, laugh at yourself. OK, I'm done until next time. Just one more suggestion. If you happen to be having an exceptionally flatulent day.....make sure you are with family and close friends!...better yet, go for a long walk in the woods!........Peace & HAPPINESS to you, Paul.......Paula

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      I really appreciate you comments Thelma. I am also working very hard against some of the signs I have noted in this hub. I hope you are having a great Thursday. Now that weekends don't mean anything, Wednesday is no longer a hump day.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      &Chitrangada Sharan, Thank you very much for voting this hub up and regarding it as informative. Yes, aging can definitely be delayed by being conscious of both our mental and physical health. And yes, it is important to keep abreast of what the young people are doing!

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      If I only napped and stayed isolated in my bedroom, I would consider that a rather bad quality of life. I'm happy you liked this hub.

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      Larry Rankin 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma

      I think not wanting to try new things is the biggest sign we're getting old.

      Very well done article.

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      Nichol marie 

      3 years ago from The Country-Side

      Good hub, very informative, I am in my early30s but I am very forgetful.

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      Thelma Alberts 

      3 years ago from Germany

      LOL! I already have a few of these signs but I am working against it. One has to have a hobby to stay sane. Happy hump day Paul!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Nice hub regarding signs of aging. Aging is a natural process and is inevitable. But we can delay it by being conscious of our health. That includes some kind of physical activity or walks. I keep myself busy and take keen interest in what the young generation is doing.

      Thanks for sharing this informative and useful hub. Voted up!

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      peachy 

      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      I agree fully with your hub, my parents are in their 60 and 70, they do not know how to use smartphobe or computers and also dvd players, they prefer to nap and stay isolete in their bedrooms

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