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[Summary]Physical Changes With Aging Exercise programs that are more strenuous than walking may include any combination of 4 types of exercise: endurance, muscle strengthening, balance training (eg, tai chi), and flexibility. The combination of exercises reco

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Physical Changes With Aging

Exercise programs that are more strenuous than walking may include any combination of 4 types of exercise: endurance, muscle strengthening, balance training (eg, tai chi), and flexibility. The combination of exercises recommended depends on the patient’s medical condition and fitness level. For example, a seated exercise program that uses cuff weights for strength training and repeated movements for endurance training may be useful for patients who have difficulty standing and walking. An aquatics exercise program may be suggested for patients with arthritis. Patients should be able to select activities they enjoy but should be encouraged to include all 4 types of exercise. Of all types of exercise, endurance exercises (eg, walking, cycling, dancing, swimming, low-impact aerobics) have the most well-documented health benefits for the elderly.

Biology of Aging | National Institute on Aging

In the broadest sense, aging reflects all the changes that occur over the course of life. You grow. You develop. You reach maturity. To the young, aging is exciting—it leads to later bedtimes and curfews, and more independence. By middle age, another candle seems to fill up the top of the birthday cake. It’s hard not to notice some harmless cosmetic changes like gray hair and wrinkles. Middle age also is the time when people begin to notice a fair amount of physical decline. Even the most athletically fit cannot escape these changes. Take marathon runners, for example. An NIA-funded study found that their record times increased with age—aging literally slowed down the runners. Although some physical decline may be a normal result of aging, the reasons for these changes are of particular interest to gerontologists.

Aging: What to expect - Mayo Clinic

Physiological Changes in the Elderly

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Psychological Changes In The Elderly

Deterioration : Vision and hearing deteriorate with age. Bones get weaker. Balance and gait (walking) can worsen. Kidneys might not work as well, the list is extensive! it is important to get regular followup with a doctor especially as you get older. Get your eyes/hearing checked. Make sure you get your immunizations and any age-appropriate cancer screenings. Take calcium and vitamin d to strength bones, etc. ...Read more

Healthy, Normal Aging: Physical Changes in Seniors

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Bones. Throughout adulthood, men and women gradually lose some of the mineral content in their bones. The bones get less dense and strong. You can slow natural bone loss and reduce your risk of osteoporosis by getting regular, weight-bearing exercise (such as walking), getting enough calcium and vitamin D, and avoiding lifestyle choices that weaken bones (such as smoking). Your doctor may also recommend a bone-protecting medicine. For more information, see the topic Osteoporosis.

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