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Getting older is something that some people embrace, but which others would rather try to ignore as much as possible. No matter how you feel about aging, getting older is inevitable. As you age, there are various health concerns that can become important to consider. Being aware of the issues that could affect you allow you to be prepared and take steps to reduce their impact.
The Physical Effects of Aging
It’s hard not to notice the effects on your body as you get older. Everyone gets a bit slower and a bit creakier. There are also various health concerns that become more common in older people, including hearing loss and several eye conditions. Other things that affect older people include loss of bone density and muscle mass, as well as conditions such as arthritis.
Keeping Your Mind Sharp
The mind is also affected by aging. Even those who don’t experience dementia will often find that they experience memory issues or other cognitive problems. Keeping the mind active is one of the most important things to do for anyone who wants to stay sharp. This can include everything from playing games to being social.
Requirements for Care
Many people can find that they require extra help and care as they get older, and health problems begin to affect them. If you consider this issue in advance, you can take control of any treatments or care that you might receive. End-of-life planning and advanced directives allow you to make the decisions.