Signs of Aging Not to Ignore

Do you think that constant exhaustion, achy joints, and forgetfulness are all part of getting old? Think again. While some changes can be chalked up to our age, other signs may be cause for concern.

As you get older, it’s important to know what’s part of healthy aging and what isn’t. Some changes could be warning signs of mental and/or physical medical issues.

Here are some signs of aging that you don’t want to ignore.

 

Severe joint pain

Achy joints and bones are common in our later years. This is often attributed to weaker bones and less cartilage between the joints. However, if you experience severe joint pain, you may have osteoarthritis (OA).

OA is extremely common in the hip and knees but can occur anywhere in the body. Severe joint pain is a telltale sign of OA. Instead of brushing it off as an inevitable part of getting older, make an appointment to pinpoint the cause.

Joint pain can be caused by all sorts of conditions, including OA and lupus, as well as an underlying injury such as a strained tendon or ligament.

 

Constant exhaustion

Growing old does have a way of slowing us down a bit. But this doesn’t mean that you should constantly feel tired and exhausted. Fatigue can signal many health conditions. In older adults, it’s a common sign of undiagnosed anemia.

Anemia can be triggered by chronic infections and kidney problems. Other possible causes include:

  • Certain medications, such as blood pressure medications and antibiotics
  • Nutritional shortages caused by a lack of iron, vitamin B12, and folate
  • Internal bleeding

If you’re feeling worn out and a good night’s sleep doesn’t seem to remedy the issue, schedule an appointment with your doctor.

 

Mood swings

Everyone has heard of the stereotypical grumpy, old person. While you may not be as patient as you once were in your older years, personality changes are a cause for concern.

Conditions such as anxiety, depression, delirium, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease all cause mood swings and other personality changes. If you’re feeling down and out, seek mental health services to get the care and support you need.

 

Too many senior moments

Mild cognitive changes are a common part of getting older. But if you experience memory and cognitive issues that interfere with daily life, dementia or depression could be to blame.

Both conditions have very similar symptoms and are often interconnected. Depression may be a sign of dementia. It may also put seniors at a higher risk of it.

The good news is that treatment is available for both conditions.

 

Bladder issues

Aging causes the bladder to become less elastic. This means that it can’t stretch and hold as much urine easily. Getting older also weakens the bladder muscles. Incontinence doesn’t have to mark your older years.

There are many treatment options, such as lifestyle changes and Kegel exercises, to improve bladder muscle strength and function.

 

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