4 Common Conditions of Aging and How to Handle Them

Age can catch up with us a lot quicker than we anticipate and can often catch us off-guard. Being prepared for certain age-related changes can really help with the stress and anxiety of aging and definitely prevent us from getting bogged down with ailments and conditions.

So without further ado, here are 4 common age-related conditions and how you can effortlessly sail through them with the right products, treatments and care.

1. Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis basically means weakening of the bones to the point where they can become brittle. This usually happens because our body’s ability to absorb vitamin D slowly reduces as we age. Osteoporosis generally affects people over the age of 40 and is very commonly found in women.

As for every age related condition, if you do your due diligence before you reach the “aged” stage, you can easily avoid or prolong the onset of many conditions. Eating well, getting enough rest, getting a good amount of early morning sunlight and staying relatively active can keep bone and joint ailments at bay in later years.

Tips for care:

  • Wear good quality shoes that support your entire leg right from your heels to your knees.
  • Do low impact cardio/aerobic exercises
  • Incorporate a lot of green leafy vegetables and broth in your weekly meals.

2. Adult Incontinence

Adult incontinence is an embarrassing yet common condition that affects 51% of people over the age of 651. As we age our bladder muscles become weaker and don’t contract as well as they should. This leads to urine leaks and accidents that are beyond our physical control.

Staying fit and exercising regularly, especially after child birth will help strengthen your pelvic muscles and keep them working well for longer.

Tips for care:

  • Do Kegel exercises a few times a day.
  • Use adult diapers and other incontinence products.
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Don’t avoid water to avoid accidents.

3. Digestion

As we age, we become more susceptible to gastrointestinal problems. Indigestion, acidity, irregular bowel movements, etc. are a few symptoms of deeper age-related digestive problems.

Digestive issues are also something that can be kept at bay by being mindful of our diets and getting plenty of exercise and rest. Acidity becomes a problem when eating and sleeping routines are erratic.

Tips for care:

  • Eat light, nutritious food.
  • Avoid eating too much dairy.
  • Incorporate a good level of probiotics in your diet.
  • Drink plenty of water.

4. Teeth, Vision and Hearing

It stands to reason that our hearing and vision begin to deteriorate as we grow older. With so many years of food chewing, you are bound to collect some plaque as well! But we can always keep our teeth, eyes and hearing in good working condition with a little bit of care.

Brushing twice a day and flossing after meals can help our teeth stay healthy for longer. Reducing screen time after dark, reading in ample lighting and not listening to loud music for prolonged periods of time can help you keep your eyes and ears in good working condition.

Tips for care:

  • If you need glasses, always wear them when needed. Don’t try to squint your way through a paragraph or a sentence!
  • Use a hearing aid if you feel like you need it. (after consulting a doctor of course)
  • There are no shortcuts in dental care. Establish a proper morning and bedtime routine for dental care and stick to it.

Different conditions affect different people in different ways. Not everyone will fall prey to incontinence or osteoporosis when they cross 50. Many of these conditions are brought on due to neglect in early years. Our jobs and lifestyles tend to get in the way. So it is important to take better care of ourselves keeping in mind the long run.

It is also beneficial to invest in products that will make your aging more comfortable.If you already battle with these problems, don’t hesitate to buy comfortable shoes, or adult diapers. There is no shame in being comfortable!

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