Just how should you expect to feel as you age? The answer differs for everyone, and genetics, lifestyle and outlook all contribute to your overall health.
The good news is people are not only living longer—with a life expectancy of 77.9 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—they are also feeling better and suffering fewer injuries in their senior years.
Still, at about middle age, the body begins to wear from daily use. You may need to crank up the television to hear better or squint to read the newspaper. Your body may begin to accumulate more fat and lose lean muscle. Some people notice a receding hairline and new wrinkles.
Yet, getting older doesn’t mean you have to accept feeling older. Fortunately, the changes associated with natural aging take place gradually, and most people adapt quite well over time. How you feel emotionally is just as critical in helping you to age gracefully. Having a positive attitude and a healthy lifestyle can do wonders for your mental growth and spiritual happiness and help you truly enjoy your golden years.
The lists below offer some guidelines for what you should—and shouldn’t—accept as natural aging.
We can’t stop time, but we can make the best of it. To stay youthful, strive for constant self-improvement of your body, mind and spirit. Your chronological age shouldn’t determine how young and good you really feel.