None of us like to admit that we are aging. Personally, it’s hard for me to believe I have children who have graduated from college — I feel like I just graduated myself.
According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, however, even college students have begun the aging process. I’ve summarized the key findings of this article below:
- In our 30’s: Age related hearing starts to decrease around age 25. Wear protective gear if you know you’re going to be exposed to loud noises for an extended period of time.
- In our 40’s: Muscle strength starts to decline in the late 30s or early 40s. Be sure to have a comprehensive exercise program that includes strength training and weight-bearing exercise.
- In our 50’s: Balance and lower-body strength start to decline as well as bone mass in women during menopause. Yoga, Pilates and Tai chi can all help with balance and core strength.
- In our 60’s: Whether or not you wear glasses, the eyes become an issue. Treatment might be needed for cataracts and glaucoma. But, to help prevent age-related macular degeneration, a diet of dark leafy greens and other healthy foods is recommended.