The life expectancy of a person in our current era is 67 years of age and has nearly doubled than that of the 19th and early 20th century. This means that the population of the elderly is simply increasing. In short, if you are interested in living long, then you should also expect to experience some of the common conditions that our elderly people go through. While many of these conditions are not exactly diseases, they are nevertheless uncomfortable to have, particularly if you are way too used to your current state of wellbeing.
As soon as you hit those senior citizen years, it is mostly likely that gray hair will be prevalent in your head, unless of course you are hiding them through the use of hair dyes. While you can hide or treat the many of the visible signs of aging such as gray hair, wrinkles, spotted hands, and sagging skin through advanced dermatological and plastic surgery procedures, there are still age-related conditions that may be a ‘tell’ to your current age range. The list below shows some of the more obvious telltale signs:
Memory Loss – if you are having a hard time remembering where you placed things such as your keys or where you parked your car, or can’t simply remember the names of your recent acquaintances or people you’ve known for a long time but have not seen recently, the thing is you are not alone. Memory lapses are actually one of the symptoms of aging and it is neither a disease nor dementia. It is a pure and simple part of aging. Perhaps the only good thing about this condition is that it does not impair you with your everyday duties or work. This thing also happens to middle-aged people, just not as frequent though.
Hearing Loss – nearly a third of geriatric patients have some sort of hearing loss. More often, males fall to this condition more than females. Hearing loss occurs because the sensory or auditory receptors inside the inner ear are damaged. This makes them hear only muffled sounds with hardly any audible or distinguishable sounds particularly from speech. Fortunately, this impairment is only temporary as there are now highly advanced hearing aids that can assist the elderly from this condition.
Vision Problems – many experience decreased vision in their thirties which is why it is not alarming to see many elderly wearing eyeglasses in their sixties. The problem with having decreased vision though is that it progresses and sometimes you need to change the visual rate of your eyeglasses regularly, and this can be more than one in five years. This means if you start using eyeglasses by the age of thirty, then it is likely that the eyeglasses you will use by the age of sixty can be double the thickness of your first eyeglass.
Another issue with vision problems is cataracts which blocks the main vision of an eye making everything a little hazy. Fortunately, cataracts can be surgically removed. What is bad is if you get glaucoma, a type of blindness caused by an increase in pressure inside the eye which damages the optic nerve. This condition is irreversible and life-changing.