As we age, it is common that us to start to notice we feel more tired or we take longer to recover from things that we used to do on a daily basis. Most of us do not eagerly embrace our senior years. While that should be a welcome stage of life when we can somewhat slow down and do more of what we enjoy, nagging little physical reminders alert us to the need for self-improvement to be healthier. This also tends to be a period of time that people either slowly decline until they are unable to do the things they want to do or they can make daily health changes to improve and minimize the common decline that comes with age. If you notice any of the following, it might be time to adjust your lifestyle.
One of the first symptoms of getting older is when you feel occasional discomfort in key body bones, muscles, and joints. One of the most common is shoulder pain due to heavy lifting that requires more strength than you might currently have. Due to shoulder pain being so common, people often stop exercising or cooking, which can make aging feel even more extreme. That being said, Another eye-opener is knee pain, especially after vigorous walking or consistent workouts. When you feel those age-related aches and pains coming on more frequently, consider joining an exercise class to get more limber and flexible. You can also exercise at home if you’re careful about doing it correctly. Though exercise is key to muscle health, so is nutrition
If you find yourself squinting to read the computer screen or the traffic sign, it’s time for a vision checkup. Schedule an appointment with an ophthalmologist for a comprehensive eye exam. The eye doctor can check your regular eyesight to see if you need prescription lenses for distance or near vision. For a full check-up, your pupils will be dilated to check for internal swelling or the start of macular degeneration. Depending on how the images come back from the dilation tests, you may also get tested for other common eye diseases that are more common for older patients. Tests for glaucoma and other conditions, for example, may be given. It is common for people to notice that they have to put things further away from their eyes to help things get in focus. Some people just purchase a pair of readers from a convenience store. Though this may be a way to get a clear vision for reading, it is still important to set up an eye doctor appointment. That way you can get an expert opinion on the situation and rule out any other causes besides aging for needing readers. Additionally, your eyes will be the first to exhibit noticeable symptoms of diabetes, which is more common with age. By visiting the eye doctor you can get a good pulse on that part of your health. Keep in mind that things such as stress can also cause vision changes. With that, untreated vision problems can not only become a hazard but also cause headaches and other uncomfortable symptoms that can make you feel like you are aging. A thorough vision screening will help you get the support you need to see clearly and safely.
Fatigue and Weight Gain
Fatigue and weight gain often come in pairs. You may notice fatigue before weight gain or vice versa but they are both a common part of aging. That being said, you don’t have to deal with fatigue and weight gain for a long period of time. You can get help to minimize these symptoms. Your annual medical checkup with routine bloodwork can help to reveal any underlying problems that may be causing these symptoms. If everything looks normal, your doctor can recommend an eating plan with balanced nutrition that can help you get to a healthy weight. Alternately, if you are too thin, the doctor will prescribe supplements or eating changes to help you reach a normal weight for your age and build. Nutrition is one key to a healthy weight and more energy. However, physical activity is also an important part of a healthy weight and fatigue. Common fatigue can be diminished with regular exercises, such as walking, biking, or swimming. Start slow until you build stamina and endurance. Keep in mind that as you burn more fuel or calories, you may need to change your diet to accommodate. That way you have the nutrition you need to support your activity.
Feelings of sadness affect all of us at times. But if you experience consistent feelings of loneliness or lingering depression, talk to a mental health therapist or psychologist about your symptoms. They might be related to a recent circumstance or a hormone imbalance. But more often than not, these types of feelings may mean that you could benefit by socializing more. Get involved in community activities or volunteer at a local charity. Join a church or religious place of worship to meet members and become part of a group. You can also explore a new hobby and meet like-minded people. Pairing healthy socialization with a healthy mind can minimize the feeling of loneliness.
Be aware of changes in your physical and mental health. Take steps to address symptoms before they get worse. A positive attitude will help to keep you happy and healthy.