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What Are Some Of The Most Common Aging Related Issues?

Every phase of life has its ups and downs. As a child, you need to learn important life skills. In adolescence you must figure out who you are. Once you reach adulthood, you are busy trying to accomplish your goals. And in later life, you are focused on making the most of every day. Each and every phase of our lives is different - and our bodies are different, too! The way you feel at 35 is not the same as you feel at 75. So, what can you expect? What issues should you be aware of? It is time to take a closer look at the most common aging related concerns.

Memory Loss. Perhaps the most commonly associated with aging is memory loss. You know those "senior moments" you hear so much about? Like forgetting the grocery list at home or missing that appointment at the doctor's office? These things happen all the time - but tend to occur more frequently as you age. This is typically a normal part of the aging process. The best ways to work around memory loss is to write things down, use organizational tools, eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, and challenge your brain with memory games and brainteasers. Something to keep in mind? While some memory loss is totally normal, more serious memory loss might be symptomatic of a larger issue, like dementia or Alzheimer's disease. Always speak to your doctor any changes you be experiencing.

Depression. Another common aging related issue has to do with mood. Feelings of isolation, lonlineness, sadness, and depression can impact the lives of men and women as they get older. This might be because of physical limitations or simply because of reduced social interaction. There are a number of different causes. Depression and aging is a serious concern as it has been linked to the progression of Alzheimer's disease and other medical conditions. The solution? Make sure you have an active social life, have someone you can talk to, and you avoid being alone for long periods of time. A little conversation can make a world of difference.

Other Health Related Issues. It isn't just your memory and emotional well being that can be affected as you get older. There are a number of issues related to your physical health as well. For instance, heart disease, eye problems (trouble seeing as well, cataracts, glaucoma, etc), osteoporosis, arthritis, trouble breathing, falls, slower reaction times, and a weakened immune system. The reality is that many of these issues are more likely to arise once you become a senior citizen. It is important to live a healthy lifestyle, seek medical treatment as necessary, and be pro-active.

No one said life was easy. However, with the proper care and support you need, living a full and rewarding life is possible. By understanding some of the more common issues that occur in later life, you can be prepared, take preventative measures, and be aware of troublesome signs. So, what are you waiting for? Make each and every day count.

Are you looking for information about memory loss? Contact the Age Matters Clinic at: 647-268-0620. We understand how to improve the life of Alzheimer's and memory loss patients.