It’s Normal For Your Body To Change As You Age

Many Functional Changes Are A Normal Part Of Aging

  1. Eyes take longer to adjust from dark to light

  2. Eyes become more sensitive to glare

  3. Your depth perception declines

  4. You begin losing peripheral vision

  5. The clarity of colors diminishes (e.g. pastels, shades of blue)

  6. You lose hearing acuity

  7. Your ability to distinguish sounds amid background noise diminishes

  8. Your taste buds become less sensitive and saliva deceases

  9. Your skin becomes thinner and drier

  10. Your sensitivity to heat, pain and sensation is reduced

  11. Your sense of smell diminishes

  12. Your heart, immune system & other systems become less efficient

  13. Cell loss in certain areas reduces your ability to smell, hear and feel

  14. Brain cells tend to degenerate

  15. Blood flow to the brain slowly decreases

  16. The quality of your sleep decreases

Changes In Everyday Functioning

  1. Your ability to concentrate slowly decreases

  2. It takes longer to process information

  3. Your reaction time decreases 

  4. Your learning ability however, remains unchanged


When It’s Right To Be Concerned About Aging

Some changes are not a normal part of aging and should be looked into more carefully by a health or medical professional.

  1. Depression that interferes with usual daily functioning

  2.  Confusion, whether intermittent or continuous

  3.  Delusions or hallucinations (e.g. paranoia, hearing or seeing things)

  4.  Changes in personality and/or severe mood swings

  5.  Changes in basic intelligence

Warning Signs of a Possible Medical Condition

Look For Noticeable Changes In:

  1. Perception

     - Decreased good judgement or ability to make good choices 

     - Diminished problem solving abilities

     - Inability to reason things through to a proper conclusion

  1. Memory

     - Excessive forgetfulness

     - Increasing lapses in short-term or long-term memories

  1. Language

    - Diminished ability to speak or carry on an extended conversation

  1. Attention

    - Diminishing ability to focus or concentrate for long periods of time

  1. Sleep Patterns

     - Increased fatigue

     - Sleeping too little or too much

  1. Movement

     - Stiff joints

     - Pain in the extremities fingers, or toes

  1. Diet

     - Change in eating habits (eating significantly more or less)

     - Excessive thirst

  1. Eyesight

     - Squinting in order to be able to see

     - Holding a book or magazine far away while reading

     - Blurred vision

  1. Memory

     - Excessive forgetfulness

     - Increasing lapses in short-term or long-term memories

  1. Hygiene

     - Decline in personal hygiene

     - Not bathing regularly

     - Not brushing teeth regularly

     - Wearing the same clothes day after day

  1. Bathroom Habits

     - More frequent bathroom visits

     - Less frequent bathroom visits

     - Inability to successfully make it to the bathroom

  1. Skin

     - Skin color change

     - More sensitive skin (appearance is red, dry and flaky)

  1. Hearing

     - Difficulty hearing

     - Earaches

     - Ringing in the ears

  1. Headaches

     - Recurrent headaches

     - Migraines

These are only some red flags experienced by elders that need to be taken seriously by healthcare providers, caregivers and families. 

If you or someone you care for or know is experiencing recurrent symptoms of any of the items listed above, it is important to have a medical professional evaluate the individual for these conditions and help address his or her changing needs.

Depression, confusion, memory lapses or changes in personality may be signs of a serious medical condition that needs attention.

Increasing joint pains and pain in extremities may need a visit to the doctor.

An increase in forgetfulness, confusion and lapses in short-term or long-term memories may indicate a more serious condition.

Recurring headaches and migraine headaches may be a warning sign that of a medical condition that is becoming more serious and needs a doctor’s attention.  Provides Free, Reliable Senior Information and Resources

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