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Aging Information - Effects on Your 5 Senses As You Age


We can try all the anti aging products and procedures that we want, but it is inevitable that age in the end will win out. So it's always a good idea that we try to at least understand some of the changes that take place as we begin to age. Just like the changes that happen to our bodies, we can also expect some sort of change in our five senses as well.

The first thing we need to understand that when there are changes in our senses it will also affect how we as people participate in socializing and outside activities. When the senses begin to show signs of decline people will begin to have to change the patterns of their life. When a person starts having problems seeing things at night they are more than likely going to have to change their activities so that they are during the day. This is why you see a lot of older people having to go to early matinees at the theater and you will see more seniors at things like early bird dinners. This also will affect their ability to drive in a safe manner as well.

When it comes to hearing, we all begin to lose some sort of hearing around the age of 30. By the time we are 40 or 50 years old it may start to be hard for some people to tell what sound is coming from close by and what sound is coming from a farther distance. Tones with higher pitches like kids and women can also become a little harder to hear.

Our sense of smell becomes less distinct as we get older as well. When we begin to age our ability to detect and figure out what certain odors are starts to decline. You can also begin to lose some of your sense of smell if you take certain medications and or smoke.

As we get older our ability to taste the intensity of some foods begins to diminish as well. Some older adults maintain the strong ability to taste things that are really sweet but will have a harder time tasting things that are salty, bitter and sour. Things besides aging that can affect this are dentures, certain types of medicines as well as smoking.

When we age, our skin begins to change and sometimes that will have an affect on how we respond to the sense of touch. This is because our circulation has been reduced due to aging. We can become a lot less sensitive to hot and cold water for instance. Things like opening up a jar or even handling silverware can become a challenge. Those who have diabetes, different types of arthritis even vascular diseases may find this even more challenging.

Our vision is probably one of the senses that can be most affected with the aging process and of course it is going to be the most noticeable one to each of us experiencing it. What happens in some people is that the pupils of the eyes will become a lot less responsive to the different changes in light which will make it extremely hard to see when it's dark. Also, the lens of a person's eye does eventually begin to thicken and even sometimes will yellow. The visual acuity will also begin to decline as well and a person's ability to notice details will be diminished. The retina a lot of times will get what is called Macular Degeneration and this is the deterioration of part of the retina which in turn make it hard to see small details, therefore the need for glasses.

There are many different diseases of the eyes one can get as well as we age. Some of those are cataracts, diabetic retinopathy as well as glaucoma. Those with diabetes are more prone to these types of diseases than others, although anyone can fall victim to them.

To help maintain your eyesight you can use the aid of reading glasses and other prescription glasses. There are also a variety of different medical treatments or surgeries that may help with correcting some of these disorders as well.



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