Getting older is an inevitable part of life. As we age, our bodies change, sometimes without it even being noticed. Here are some things everyone should know about aging.
1. Body and mind health
This old adage really is true for both the body and the mind. It is important to keep up with exercising the body so muscles and bones stay strong. Exercising the brain can ward off conditions such as dementia. So, as you begin to advance in age, be sure to continue exercising, even if it is just going for a walk. Be sure to exercise the brain, too. Don’t be so reliant on gadgets to do your thinking. Put away the electronics and try to remember information the old fashioned way.
2. Stroke knowledge
Stroke symptoms are actually different for women and men. Some signals, such as a drooping face and slurred speech are common to both sexes. According to the National Stroke Association, women may also experience sudden pain in their face and extremities, nausea, general weakness, chest pain, shortness of breath and palpitations. Regardless of sex, if you suspect that someone is experiencing a stroke, call 911 immediately. There is helpful medicine available, however, it needs to be administered within three hours of the first symptom.
3. Foot health
Bunions form when the bone or tissue at the big toe joint moves out of place. The big toe begins to push against the others, which causes a painful bump on the foot. Since the feet bear so much of the body’s weight throughout the day, this condition can cause extreme pain. Wearing wider shoes helps to relieve the pain but does not cure the problem; the only cure for bunions is medical treatment.
4. Oral health
Teeth are fairly resilient body parts; they can withstand a good amount of abuse. However, gums are a different story. Gum disease is a major cause of tooth loss, particularly in people over age 65, according to the American Academy of Periodontology. So be sure to take good care of both your teeth and gums throughout your life. Be sure to brush twice a day and floss at least once a day in order to maintain good oral health.
5. Ocular health
Floaters are minor but irritating spots that appear in the field of vision. For anyone who has never experienced a floater, they appear as gray or black specks or strings that move around when someone’s focal point shifts. They are merely an age-related change as a jelly-like substance in the human eye becomes more liquid-like. The resulting fibers cast shadows on the retina which appear as “floaters.” There is no need to seek out immediate medical assistance unless they increase in number, you lose your peripheral vision, or see flashes of light.