Every stage of life comes with some difficulty. However, none is quite so progressive and irreversible as the process of aging. Degenerative diseases affect the function of every part of the body. Living a healthy lifestyle, avoiding stress and avoiding negative environmental factors may slow this complicated process but their is no cure for aging.
Depression is a "hidden" risk for developing osteoporosis. Cortisol is a stress-related hormone related to depression that depletes the bones of minerals. Studies have shown that women with depression have lower bone density in their spines and hips. So, if you're feeling down, see your doctor to find out if you have depression.
If we want to age well we need to keep our weight at proper levels. Our body is designed to support certain weights and when we are extremely overweight, it can have a toll on our bones, joints, and ligaments. If we are the proper weight, the amount of wears that happens within the body; and will not age as quickly. Right?
Many older adults suffer with unsteadiness which is a normal part of aging. This can be caused by deterioration of connections between the nerves and muscles. Pick up loose rugs from the floors, wipe up spills or shower water quickly and try walking with a cane.
Throughout life, the body replaces and repairs itself. As we age, the body's ability to heal itself slows. Many people begin to feel the effects of aging as early as 40 but the generally accepted age when individuals become 'aged' is the age of retirement, 65. Despite this, many elderly individuals remain independent and free of serious disease.