Anti aging guide

Aging Changes in Appearance, Behavior and Looks



What changes in our behavior, lifestyle and looks when people aging?

Whatever steps we take to stay ‘young’, the combined effects of biological aging and adverse environmental influences eventually declare themselves. As mature adults, around the age of 25, we experience maximum physical, intimate, and reproductive capacity. Decline thereafter is so gradual that for many years we are unaware of ‘getting older’ unless greatly stretched. Up to the age of 50 or 60 we may enjoy a period of great functional stability, the menopause excepted. However in our late 60s and 70s the cumulative effects of aging become obvious, even to ourselves! The precise rate of aging depends upon genetic inheritance modified by circumstances such as early nurture, behavior (lifestyle), and environment. Older people differ so much that the reader will be aware of plenty of exceptions to the general descriptions offered here. Death almost always comes from some readily recognizable disease or trauma rather than old age itself.

Our behavior and looks give others a good indication of our age; they can estimate it to within five or ten years. The quality of the skin, greying and loss of the body hair, changes in body contours, and the stance and facility of movement are obvious clues. Elderly people tend to stand with the knees and hips slightly flexed and with a little stoop. There is an increased tendency to sway because of less effective postural support responses. Walking is characteristically slowed, with shorter, broader-based steps and reduced arm swing. More time is spent in ‘double support’ (both feet in contact with the ground) as gait velocity is reduced. When there is much anxiety or the going becomes more difficult, as on rough or slippery ground, stairs, or in congested places, movement becomes especially hesitant.

Posted by Carol Hudgens - April 25, 2012 at 4:48 pm