We are all aware that our bodies start to deteriorate as we get older. It’s just a natural part of life. While we can’t stop it, we can educate ourselves about the effects of aging in order to mitigate them. Healthy living starts with healthy learning. To that end, here is a short, general list of many of the effects of aging on the body.
Modern researchers are only beginning to understand the overlap and interplay between mind and body. Your brain’s functionality deteriorates along side your body’s. Many people are aware of common illnesses associated with mental decline, like Alzheimer’s and dementia, but regular memory loss itself is a common side effect of aging. This can be mitigated with regular mental stimulation, and a strong social support group.
In general, our consumer lifestyles tend to take a toll on our health. This is especially true of heart health, where things like eating junk food, high stress, drinking or smoking can have a serious detrimental effect. Over the years, these things can can culminate in ailments like abnormal heart rhythms, angina, coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure and more.
Your body’s ability to fight off infections is lowered with age as well. In general, the time it takes you to heal from a wound or infection will go up. You also gain an increased risk of developing an auto immune disease. For people with auto immune diseases, their immune system begins attacking itself thinking it’s fighting off an infection.
Breathing problems are exceedingly more common as you age. As your body struggles more for the same oxygen intake, it can begin having trouble fighting infections. Shortness of breath is a common side effect, and lung infections become a possibility. The best way to increase respiratory health is through regular cardiovascular exercise.
Much like the foundation of a home, your skeletal system is responsible for the structural integrity of your body. Also like the foundation of a home, it can get damaged with age. Osteoporosis, the loss of calcium in bones, is common in the elderly. Regular calcium intake can increase bone health, and prevent problems later in life.
Hopefully this article proved interesting. If you’re having trouble coping with some of the effects of aging, you may benefit from our senior care services. Here at Day Break Cares, we take pride in serving our community by caring for the elderly in the loving, thriving environment. For more information, please give us a call today.