No matter how hard you try, you can’t stop the signs of aging. That aside, aging is completely normal and is not considered as a disease. This is what Dr. Alexis Eastman, a UW Health Geriatrics physician, would always say to his patients whenever they ask about the changes and difficulties they are facing as they aged — starting from the memory gap to a huge decline in sexual activities, despite the increase usage of anti-aging treatment.
The Key Aspects of Aging and How to Adapt
The following are the common problems that are experienced by people who are already entering the stage of aging as well as the science behind staying healthy from head to toe:
As we age, the epidermis which is the top layer of the skin gradually becomes thinner. Wrinkles started to show up because the fat layer of the skin also decreases and will likely stay permanently as the elasticity of the skin also decreases. People may also experience feeling dry and itchy due to the decrease in sweat glands of the skin. A lot of people may also feel rough areas on their skin, have lumps and bumps, and also feel the presence of skin tags.
What to Do:
Drink a lot of water even if you are not thirsty. Usually, as people gradually age, it would take a lot of water loss from the body before they could feel thirsty. It is also important to wear sunscreen, eat vegetables, and preferably avoid smoking. When it comes to treating wrinkles, you can apply an anti-aging cream around the affected area of your skin. Also, whenever you noticed that you have a dry skin, instead of using lotion, apply ointments or cream instead after a bath.
It is actually harder for older people to accumulate Vitamin D both through eating food and through the skin. The cycle of the bones also changes which often results in having a lot more fragile bones.
What to Do:
When it comes to our bones, exercise is one of the solutions. Simply climbing the stairs or walking around is already a simple form of exercise that can help strengthen your bones. Also, getting 1,200mg of calcium daily is recommended. Therefore, you have to eat a lot of calcium-rich foods like yogurt, cheese, and milk among others.
Temporary memory lapses like forgetting what you are going to do after entering a room is completely normal for people. However, brain functions like problem-solving, recalling, and processing speed declines along with age.
What to Do:
Exercise can also be helpful to our memory. Managing to combat against diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure that can damage the brain through exercise is much better than getting medications. Listening to music, playing brain games, and being socially active can also help keep your brain active.
People may experience more problems that come along with age such as urine leaks, muscle loss, and aging of the gut. However, things like these can still be avoided while we are still young.
The solutions are mostly simple too: having daily exercise, eating nutritious food, and seeking medical advice. Therefore, before the signs and symptoms of aging even start to show up, you need to change your lifestyle and live a healthy and balanced life.