These days, the average life span of a person is 77 years old. If you were to compare this with prior century, we are basically living longer than people who lived a century before us – by more than 30 years. These days, more of us are aware of the signs of aging and are wary of it not just because of vanity reasons, but more of like health reasons. Thanks to advanced technology, pharmaceutics, and medicine, we are able to live longer than the people centuries before us because they are giving us the opportunity to treat diseases and other ailments associated with aging.
The truth is that these days, thanks to our more sanitary environment, food, and drinking water, we are easily able to live healthy – an opportunity many people didn’t have back then as they were prone to waterborne diseases due to lack of water filtration and management systems. It is actually quite a pity that many people didn’t have the chance to grow old just because of living conditions. In our world today, as long as you take good care of yourself, you will easily be looking at more than 70 years of age.
Signs of Aging
As we age, one cannot help but have the physical signs of aging. This is actually an unavoidable part of life because part of what it means to live long is to grow old. The more common physical signs of aging are wrinkles, gray hair, sagging of skin, and spotted hands. When all these are present, it becomes hard to deny what your true age is. The truth is there is far more with aging than just the physical signs that you see.
As a person grows older, the person becomes more forgetful even though that person had very good memory in their youth. This type of memory lapse is very common among geriatrics. This is because when a person becomes older and retired from work, that person will hardly use much of his brain to memorize routine tasks in the home. This in turn blunts the memory. However, if that person still continues to memorize, read, and converse intellectually most of the time, it is very likely that that person’s memory will become dull.
As a person ages, he also produces less saliva. Without much saliva production in the mouth, it leads to certain unattractive results like the darkening of teeth, the decaying of teeth, and the receding of gums. In geriatric patients, their teeth are more brittle and prone to getting cracked more easily.
Another sign of aging common to elderly people is arthritis. Often you will see old people in wheel chair or walkers not because their muscles have atrophied that they cannot walk, but it is more like they cannot walk or have difficulty walking because of osteoarthritis. Most of the time though, due to overreliance on wheel chairs, their failure to exercise their legs leads to atrophy, making them even more unable to walk even after they have drank medications for their osteoarthritis. Read more…