Changes Related to Aging

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Contrary to popular belief, most American seniors live independently while maintaining strong relationships with family and friends. Their personalities remain relatively stable throughout their lives. Depression occurs less in uninstitutionalized seniors than among young adults.
Normal age related changes do occur. These may include:

  • Hearing impairment
  • Failing vision
  • Osteoporosis
  • Increased likelihood of arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension

Mental process changes

  • speed at which information is processed
  • speed of responding to changes in the environment
  • long term memory decline
  • word finding ability declines

Visual decline

  • decreased reading speed
  • seeing acuity in dim light
  • reading fine print
  • sensing peripheral changes

These changes may lead to difficulties in interacting with one’s living environment. These include:

  • Decreased mobility and dexterity
  • Decreased strength and stamina
  • Reduced sensory acuity: vision, hearing, thermal sensitivity, touch, smell

However some functions tend to remain the same with advancing age and changes differ between people. While seniors tend to process new information slower, daily social and occupational functioning ability remains stable. Most language related skills also tend to remain stable with age. Most notably, creativity and wisdom continue at strong levels.

In addition to physical changes, seniors experience social changes that may be disruptive. These include: isolation from family and friends, loss of peers children living far away and a changing neighborhood.  The majority of seniors learn to adapt to their changing situations and lead happy and productive lives.


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