What to Expect in Your 60s?
Your lifestyle and health condition strongly influence transformations that may occur in this decade. Here are some changes you may start noticing on the outside and the inside.
- Skin Changes: As we age, our skin loses elasticity as the first two layers of the skin (the epidermis and dermis) begin thinning and flattening out. As a result, you may start noticing deeper creases and wrinkles. The age spots and bruises on your skin may also become more visible.
- Sleep Quality: In general, 60-year-olds need 7-9 hours of sleep each night. However, as we age, our brains release lesser amounts of melatonin (the sleep hormone). Therefore, you may experience trouble falling and staying asleep during the night as you reach the 60s.
- Immunity: The older we get, the weaker our immune system becomes because our bodies stop producing T cells responsible for finding and destroying germs and viruses. So, in your 60s, you are less able to avoid infections. It also takes longer to recover after an illness.
- Joints and Bones: As you age, your mobility may decrease or become limited, which can make your body stiffer and more fragile. According to the CDC’s reports, nearly half of the US population aged 65 years or older have doctor-diagnosed arthritis. Arthritis is a condition that causes swelling, inflammation, and pain in one or more joints. The two main types of arthritis – rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis damage joints in different ways. Severe arthritis may impair your ability to sit or walk comfortably or carry out ADLs.
- Vision: By age 65, many people have chances of developing eye conditions such as dry eye, eye cataracts, age-related macular degeneration, or glaucoma. Such conditions can damage your vision but can be treated if noticed early. So make sure to have your eyes checked regularly.
- Hearing: Research shows that four out of ten Americans develop hearing troubles or hearing loss in their 60s due to various illnesses and the natural aging process. However, a hearing aid can help continue with your regular routine, so make sure to talk to your doctor if you experience trouble hearing in your 60s.
- Weight Issues: Obesity is not a normal part of getting old. Still, our metabolism slows down as we age, making it more difficult for our bodies to burn calories. However, a nutritious diet and regular physical activity can help keep a healthy weight and stay well.