Knowing the Unexpected Side Effects of Aging Makes Life Easier

Getting older is never easy. And try as we may it seems we’re never ready for the side effects of aging. With age comes much higher risks for a large number of serious health issues ranging from cancer and diabetes to heart disease and Alzheimer’s. However, as scary as these issues are, most people are either prepared for or informed about them by the time they hit 55. Plus many of these conditions are either caused or aggravated by life choices we make. That means if we “take care” of ourselves—eat right, exercise, etc.—we can diminish the risk or avoid the problems altogether.

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However, there are a number of lesser-known issues that present themselves as we age—many of which most people never even consider. As Doctor Susan Levy notes, “. . . the body we had at 55 will be a very different body than the one we have at 75.” Dr. Levy, Vice President of Medical Affairs at Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center in Baltimore, urges seniors and caregivers to be aware of all the health issues that present themselves to aging individuals, not just the newsmakers we all see in the headlines every day.

Unexpected Side Effects of Aging

Physical changes that can have a dramatic effect on the health of an aging individual include:

  1. Slowed Reaction Time this can affect everything from the ability to drive to getting around inside one’s own home.

  2. Thinner Skin can lead to cuts and bruising—devastating for individuals on blood thinners or those with weakened immune systems.

  3. Depressed Immune Response can make fighting off even something as simple as the common cold extremely difficult.