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Nobody enjoys growing older (though it certainly beats the alternative).
As we age, our bodies change in a multitude of different ways. Along with graying hair and wrinkles, there is also a general decline in physical stamina due to decreased bone mass, decreased metabolic rate, and reduced functioning in all our organs. Aging also means more memory and concentration difficulties, increased reaction time, declining sexual activity, and greater vulnerability to emotional problems such as depression. Compared to how we were at age 30, a 75-year-old human will only have 70 percent heart capacity, 40 percent physical stamina, and 38 percent of our taste buds. Hearing, vision, touch, smell, and taste are all affected as well.
Whlle aging is an inevitable part of life, there are still things we can do to slow down the aging process, or at least to ensure that we can remain as mentally and physically fit as we possibly can over time. Lifestyle changes can play an increasingly strong role in buffering many of the physiological changes linked to aging.
To read more, check out my new Psychology Today blog post.
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