6 Things to Know When Getting Older

As an aging adult, what can you expect in your later years of life? In addition to mental and physical changes, lifestyle changes and other transitions will happen as well. But, don’t fret! What is important is that seniors should be well educated in these transitions and what they can be doing every day that is beneficial to their health and life.

Though everyone ages differently, below are six important things to know as you get older.

1. Happier emotions and feelings

According to an AARP survey, those in their 70s and older reported that they are in some of the happiest years of their life. Why? Older people can better regulate their emotions.

In addition, a great way to maintain your happiness levels as you get older, besides staying in good health, is to participate in programs within your local community and stay in touch with friends and family. Also, participate in activities that you love to do.

2. Changes in your joints, muscles, and bones
As you get older, your joint, muscle and bone health will weaken. Your bones will shrink and you’ll also lose flexibility and strength in your joints/muscles. This is why calcium intake and physical exercise is important to your health. Look for and eat foods that are high in calcium and vitamin D.

Great exercises to help improve your joint, bone and muscle health include tennis, walking, hiking, weights and walking up and down stairs. The key is to keep building up your strength and bones so they don’t become susceptible to fractures or other ailments.

3. Change in sleeping patterns
If you’re not a morning person already, you’ll grow into one as you get older. As an aging adult, you’ll find yourself more tired at night and waking up earlier in the mornings. In addition, you may find yourself waking up more frequently at night, but a study done by WebMD found that even though people 65 and older tend to wake up during the night, the majority reported that they get a good night’s sleep.

4. Slower metabolism
As metabolism slows down with age, you’ll experience changes in your digestive system. Unfortunately, constipation is more common among older adults. This is why it’s vital that aging adults get the nutrients they need with a well-balanced diet (whole grains, fruits, and vegetables) to eliminate the chance of disease. Exercise can also help older adults develop a healthier digestive system.

5. Mental strength

Despite your memory strength reducing with age, there are many ways to help increase your overall mental strength. In addition to eating a well-balanced diet, it’s important that you stay social in your later years in life. Participating in activities and programs with your friends and within your local community can help keep your stress levels down and keep your spirits high. When older adults experience and suffer from depression, it can deteriorate their memory strength.

In addition to being social, you can also work on your mental strength with individual activities, such as crossword puzzles, reading, playing cards, writing in your diary, etc.

6. Changes in your skin
Aging adults will see their skin become drier and less elastic, allowing for more lines and wrinkles. Your skin around your jawline will also begin to sag and you may find yourself developing age spots, darker skin, and skin tags. That’s why it’s important to develop and maintain a skin routine to help get the moisture and protection from the elements that you need. Use gentle products and bathe in warm water, not hot water. Decreasing your smoking and tobacco use will also help keep your skin from wrinkling prematurely.

All in all, keep these six things in mind as you grow older and maintain a healthy and active lifestyle in order to enjoy your later years in life!