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What to Expect as You Age: What’s Normal vs. What’s Not

Posted by The Brickmont Assisted Living Team on Mar 15, 2024 8:00:00 AM | 4 minute read


Aging is an inevitable part of life, bringing with it numerous changes. It's a journey filled with triumphs, trials, and transitions. As time ticks on, you may notice yourself moving a little slower, forgetting a bit more, and adapting to a new rhythm of life. 

But what's the norm? Understanding the natural aging process and distinguishing between normal aging effects and symptoms of potential medical conditions can help you maintain a high quality of life and seek timely medical attention when needed.

At Brickmont Assisted Living, our philosophy behind senior living in Atlanta is to embrace the changes that natural aging brings. However, we want to ensure that everyone has the resources needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Physical Changes

As we age, our bodies naturally undergo various physical changes. You might notice graying hair, wrinkles, or a decline in strength and stamina. These are expected signs of aging, not necessarily indicative of an underlying health problem. In fact, today’s older adults are living longer, healthier lives than ever before! However, it’s essential to maintain regular exercise and follow healthy lifestyle choices in order to achieve this longevity.

Regular physical activity can help to slow the progression of age-related changes and improve overall well-being. Whether you choose walking, swimming, or practicing yoga, find an activity you enjoy and incorporate it into your daily routine.

Cognitive Changes

Aging also impacts our cognitive abilities. It's normal to experience occasional forgetfulness or take longer to learn new things. However, significant memory loss or confusion could signal more serious issues, such as Alzheimer's disease. In fact, Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia affect at least 50 million people worldwide, with many of this number being diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s

To keep your mind sharp, consider embracing brain training games and mental stimulation. Crossword puzzles, reading, learning a new hobby, or even playing a musical instrument can all contribute to maintaining cognitive health.

Emotional Changes

Emotionally, aging can be a roller coaster ride. While it's normal to feel a sense of loss or change, persistent feelings of sadness, loneliness, or lack of motivation are not typical aspects of aging and should be addressed. Maintaining social connections is crucial for emotional health. 

Regular interaction with family and friends, participating in social activities, or even volunteering can lift your spirits and keep you emotionally balanced.

Lifestyle Changes

With age, daily tasks may become challenging, requiring you to adapt. This could involve anything from changing your diet to modifying your home for better safety and convenience. Simple changes like installing handrails in the bathroom, improving lighting, or keeping daily essentials within easy reach can make a significant difference in your comfort and safety.

Common Medical Conditions

While some changes are normal to aging, others might be signs of serious medical conditions. Conditions such as Alzheimer's, heart disease, osteoporosis, and arthritis are more common in older adults. Regular check-ups can help detect these conditions early and manage them effectively. 

Follow your doctor's advice for prevention and management, which may include medication, diet changes, or physical therapy.

The Role of Senior Living 

Senior living communities can play a critical role in promoting a healthy, fulfilling lifestyle as you age. They offer a secure environment adapted to the needs of older adults, promote social interaction, provide nutritious meals, and have staff trained to meet seniors' unique health and lifestyle needs. If you find maintaining your home or managing daily tasks becoming overwhelming, consider the benefits of a senior living community.

Aging is a journey; like any journey, it comes with its share of challenges and changes. Understanding what to expect as you age can help you navigate this journey gracefully and confidently. Remember, while physical, cognitive, and emotional changes are expected in aging, significant deviations from the norm warrant professional advice. 

Being proactive about your health and adapting to lifestyle changes can ensure that you can embrace the gift of longevity, seek joy each day, and discover new opportunities to live, learn, and grow!

To learn more about senior living in Atlanta, please contact our team at Brickmont Assisted Living today!

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