The Physical and Mental Signs of Aging
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The Physical and Mental Signs of Aging

Recognizing the signs of aging is key to being able to properly care for older loved ones. The reality is that as the human body and mind undergo changes due to age, it may become more difficult to live independently even in otherwise good health. And age-related conditions are more common than most people realize. Experts estimate that 5.6 million Americans aged 65 and older have Alzheimer’s disease or dementia – that’s about one in every 10 seniors.

Biological aging can impact coordination, vision, and hearing, putting seniors at a greater risk of falls, which is the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries among older adults. And social shifts can take some of the joy out of life even when a senior is healthy and cognitively sound.

These age-related issues can range from frustrating to life-threatening. If you’re watching your parents age, you will naturally want to find ways to improve the quality of their life. The first step to being able to help your family member is to know the signs of aging.

At Town Square Perry Hall, our community-based adult day care services support our members in all aspects of life and provide a fun and safe environment where seniors can find mental, psychological, and social wellness. Contact us to learn more.

What Are the Types of Aging?

Aging is the process of growing older. People don’t have the physical strength and stamina they possessed during youth and middle age, and the body doesn’t function as smoothly as it once did. Seniors also live a different lifestyle due to changes in their social networks and other factors.

Aging impacts people in several ways – biologically, cognitively, psychologically, and socially.

What is Biological Aging?

Over the years, different tissues in the body become damaged, which eventually impacts how well bodily systems function. People also experience damage on a cellular level as they age. Science suggests that this process is due to shortening of the telomeres at the end of chromosomes over time.

This damage leads to a range of issues associated with growing older, such as poorer eyesight or hearing, thinning skin, a weaker immune system, and slower digestion.

What is Mental Aging?

Mental aging is the “slowdown” or other difficulties in thinking most people experience as they age. While mental aging at a normal level is something that happens to everyone and not a cause for concern – more or less all people find themselves forgetting a few things or taking longer to do regular mental tasks – mental aging can also be affected by serious cognitive disorders like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

What is Psychological Aging?

Psychological aging refers to changes in the way someone looks at their situation as they get older. For example, as people age psychologically in different ways, they may be interested in exploring new things and having fun, or may be disengaged and feel isolated from others.

How old a person “feels” is also a part of psychological aging, and studies show that feeling younger is linked with positive health outcomes.

What is Social Aging?

While the need to be a part of a community and relate to others doesn’t go away with age, social circumstances often change. Social networks may diminish, and age-related sensory changes such as hearing loss make communication less natural.

What Are Common Signs of Aging

Each aspect of aging has general signs associated with it, which most people undergo regardless of their overall health and medical conditions.

Biological Aging

Biological Aging

  • Less energy
  • More frequent illnesses
  • Sensory challenges such as hearing and vision loss

Mental Aging

Mental Aging

  • Forgetting everyday tasks
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Changes in appearance
  • Struggles with decision-making and problem-solving

Biological Aging

Biological Aging

  • Less energy
  • More frequent illnesses
  • Sensory challenges such as hearing and vision loss

Mental Aging

Mental Aging

  • Forgetting everyday tasks
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Changes in appearance
  • Struggles with decision-making and problem-solving

Biological Aging

Biological Aging

  • Less energy
  • More frequent illnesses
  • Sensory challenges such as hearing and vision loss

Mental Aging

Mental Aging

  • Forgetting everyday tasks
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Changes in appearance
  • Struggles with decision-making and problem-solving

Biological Aging

Biological Aging

  • Less energy
  • More frequent illnesses
  • Sensory challenges such as hearing and vision loss

Mental Aging

Mental Aging

  • Forgetting everyday tasks
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Changes in appearance
  • Struggles with decision-making and problem-solving

Make Sure Your Loved One Gets the Care They Need

Noticing that your parents or other loved ones are aging can be overwhelming. You might not know how to respond to changes in your senior loved one’s behavior or mental health. It can also be frightening to see someone you care about struggle with everyday tasks.

The good news is that you don’t need to solve all your loved one’s challenges on your own. With guidance and support from experts in aging and dementia, you can get peace of mind that your loved one has the care they need.

At Town Square Perry Hall, our senior care expertise and rigorous dementia care training gives us the ability to offer fun, welcoming, safe, and healthful day care services for seniors whether or not they have dementia or another cognitive condition. Schedule a tour today to see how our reminiscence therapy-based programming and unique all-encompassing mid-century theming help local seniors thrive.