The Health Realities You Face As You Age


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Are you worried about getting older? It’s true that there are certain realities that you need to face head on — particularly when thinking about your health. Here are some of the common concerns that people have about their health as they age.

Experiencing Cognitive Decline

First, let’s address the elephant in the room — you cannot realistically talk about the health challenging of aging without mentioning cognitive decline. Dementia is becoming a more common concern among the older population. By the time you reach 80, you are more likely than not to show signs of some form of cognitive decline.

To slow the impact of cognitive decline, think about “training” your brain by keeping it as active as possible. An easy ways to keep your brain active is with some puzzles each day. Research has even shown that video games are be an effective way to keep your brain healthy.

More Health Checks Are Required

You will need to check your health more regularly as you get older. There are certain health issues that do become more common with age. This does include certain types of cancer. According to experts, such as Dr Paul Manohar, prostate cancer is a significant concern for the aging population. That’s why it’s important to get checked out by a professional to make sure that everything is functioning as it should.

Some of the common signs that you do need to watch out for here include significant levels of bleeding during a bowel movement. Do note that while this is probably something like hemorrhoids, it is still worth getting checked out. Particularly, if the blood is a peculiar shade. Urinating more frequently can also be a cause for concern and may be a sign that you are diabetic.

The good news is that medicine has evolved considerably over the last few years. There are very few health conditions that cannot be treated or at least managed effectively. This is particularly true if they are caught at an early stage. That’s why checking your body is critical. If you notice any lumps and bumps that have been around for a while then you need to get them checked out.

Possible Sensory Issues

You can develop sensory issues as you get older. Arguably, the most common forms of this are hearing loss and changes to your eyesight. However, it’s worth noting that you can lose your sense of smell as you get older and you might also notice changes to your taste. Usually, these are nothing to worry about but if they occur suddenly, it might be worth speaking to a doctor.

Changes to the eyesight are one of the reasons why it’s recommended that you do get your eyes checked more regularly once you reach a certain age threshold. Ideally, you should think about getting your eyes checked a couple of times each and the same is true for your hearing. The main form of treatment for hearing loss is still hearing aids. These are available in a wide range of different forms and styles. As such, you should be easily able to find the option that is going to provide the key benefits that you need. Hearing aids can also provide masking technology which will be useful if you are experiencing an issue like tinnitus.

Having More Aches And Pains

You are more likely to experience chronic pain as you get older. Chronic pain is a common condition. It impacts people in virtually every age group and demographic. However, once you get past middle age, you are probably going to notice this a lot more. One of the reasons for this is that your body is going to be far weaker overall.

To deal with this, you should think about how to cope with chronic pain in a way that is effective. You might want to think about speaking to a doctor if you are experiencing chronic pain. It’s possible that the reason for this is due to an underlying injury that has not fully healed. You may also want to consider alternative medicines. This can be just as effective as the treatment that is available from the doctors if not more so. For instance, a lot of people swearby herbal treatments as a way to effectively manage chronic pain and ensure that it doesn’t get out of hand.

Another way to deal with chronic pain is through physical therapy. If you are completing physical therapy, then it’s important that you are following the guidance of a doctor. Doing too much can actually make an injury or even the pains far worse overall.

Dealing With Injury And Recovery

Finally, similar to how you are more likely to experience chronic pain as you get older, you are also more likely to have problems with injuries. There are numerous reasons why this can be the case. For instance, it’s possible that this ties back to sensory issues. If you have problems with your hearing, then this can also affect things like balance. Ultimately, that could mean it’s more likely that you slip while walking or trip going up the stairs. The increased likelihood of injuries is one of the reasons why it’s commonly recommended that elderly individuals move to live in a bungalow.

The problem with getting older isn’t so much the injury itself of course. Instead, it’s how long it can take to recover from an injury. In some cases, it might take months to recover from even a small injury such as a sprained ankle. In other cases, it might be that the body never fully heals or it could heal incorrectly. This is why it’s so important to get everything that you need in your diet as you get older including calcium to keep bones and teeth strong.

We hope this helps you understand some of the health realities that you will need to come to terms with as you get older. By being aware of these issues, you can ensure that they don’t take you by surprise and guarantee that you do have a great quality of life.

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