We all know now that things will change as you grow older. Your body will look differently. Talk about grey hair, wrinkles, and all the likes. These are the common signs that we see as we age. But there are a few other signs that we don’t often talk about. Aging also affects your heart, sexuality, and even teeth. The effects of aging indeed cut across all areas of your life and health. So what changes should you expect as aging progresses? What’s normal and what’s not? What are the normal signs of aging at 60? How can you maintain good health, even as you age into your 60s? We will consider these in this article as you read on.
If you are in your 60s already, you sure would have many things to say about how aging has taken its toll on you. The effects range from your eyesight to your skin; even to your strength levels and so on. But then, are you sure that all the things you attribute to aging are true, normal aging signs. To be honest, many aging people attribute certain things to aging that aging has nothing to do about. You can also manage certain aging signs so that it doesn’t affect you too much. So don’t be too quick to blame everything on aging. That is not to say that aging will not come with some peculiar challenges. In this article, we will be talking about these normal signs.
A Brief Overview of Aging
Some aging signs are quite obvious. We mentioned gray hair and wrinkles earlier, as well as a few others. Your posture may also be stooped, and your memory may become less accurate. Many people refer to this as senior moments.
What is the reason behind all of these things? Why do they happen? What is the aging process all about? Let’s have a brief overview of this process.
Your body consists of many cells. Experts tell us there are about 13 trillion cells in all. The organs and tissues of your body are collections of cells.
From conception through birth and as you grow, each of these cells age gradually. As such, your organs and tissues also age with time. But aging does not produce visible effects in early life.
In early life, your cells are aging already. But the effects are not visible because more new cells are forming, and your cells are constantly multiplying. So what we see at this point are growth and development.
However, around your 30s, there will be a shift. At that point, you have stopped growing. So then, the rate of cell regeneration reduces. As such, the signs of aging become more visible. You can see these signs in all areas, including your vital signs, skin, joints, and even bones.
Aging will affect all of your body systems. It will affect your digestive, nervous, and cardiovascular systems, among others. So you are likely to see a general drop in your metabolism. Sometimes these signs even start in the late 20s.
But then, in the early stages of aging, it does not have severe effects or impacts your living quality. But as aging progresses into your 50s, you may experience more aging signs, such as hearing changes. If you experience earing changes before your 50s, it may be due to other causes apart from normal aging.
We are yet to understand the full process of aging and its contributing factors. But then, it is clear that some of the factors contributing to aging include genetics, exercise, diet, and illness. But beyond these, there are still many other factors.
Normal Signs of Aging at 60
We will show you what normal aging will look like in your 60s. The effects are as follows:
- The tissues, organs, and cells of your body will regenerate less often. And the telomeres (end parts of your cells’ chromosomes) will get shorter and shorter. When telomeres become too short, the cell would die.
- Waste products will accumulate because your body will no longer be able to clear them out as effectively as before.
- The connective tissues between your cells may become stiffer
- The organs of your body, especially vital organs, will have a lesser functional capacity. Your heart, as well as blood vessels, will also feel the impact of aging. Your cardiac wall will get thicker and your cardiac muscle would be less efficient. And your aorta (which is the main artery in your body) will also become stiffer, less flexible, and thicker. These mean your heart would need to work harder.
- Many arteries in your body, including those supplying your brain and heart, may gradually develop atherosclerosis. This is, however, not going to become a severe condition in certain individuals.
- Your vital signs will also be affected. Your body will find it harder to keep its temperature in check. It will also take longer for your heart rate to go back to normal when you exercise.
- Your bones may start to thin out and become gradually weaker. Your joints will become less flexible. And even the cartilage supporting the joints will begin to weaken.
- You will lose some muscle tissue. So your muscles may not be as strong and bulky as in your youthful years.
- Your digestive system will also experience certain changes. For instance, food will move at a slower pace through your digestive system. Your stomach, pancreas, liver, and guts will also be making lesser digestive juices than before.
- As regards your nervous system, your brain cells will reduce in number. Nerve cells will also decrease in your spinal cord. Furthermore, there will be fewer connections between your nerve cells. Some abnormal structures may also form in your brain. Experts call these tangles and plaques.
- In your 60s, your ears and eyes may also suffer some damage. Your retinas will get thinner and your irises may get stiffer. Your lenses may also not be as clear as before. In addition to this, your eardrums will become thicker. Making earing more difficult. The walls of your ear canal will also get thinner.
- We all know that your skin, hair, and nails will change as you age. Your skin will be thinner and become less elastic. Your sweat glands will not produce as much sweat. Hairs would get grey and may become scanty. Your nails will also grow at a slower pace.
We have presented the general signs that normal aging will produce in your 60s. But remember that we are not all the same. So aging will not occur at the same rates, or to the same degree in everyone. However, the normal signs of aging at 60 we shared above are the common things you can expect in your 60s.