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old age people (senior citizen)

  • I truly believe the age - if you are a healthy-age is a just a number

    When Does a Person Become Old?

    “Old Age” is really a social category that is defined differently by various cultures. The traditional designation for old age—65 years—has no basis in biology. Many people are vigorous and active at 65. Others are sick and inactive at 40. People often wonder whether what they are experiencing, as they age, is normal or abnormal. Usual aging includes such unavoidable changes as muscle weakness, slowed movement, loss of balance, and memory loss. Age-related changes don’t begin at the same time nor do they all occur simultaneously. Changes as we age are normal and occur in all five senses. Typically, the beginnings of change in the five senses are as follows.
    • Hearing—the mid 40’s
    • Vision—the mid 50’s
    • Touch—the mid 50’s
    • Taste—the late 50’s
    • Smell—the mid 70’s
    • Age-related changes differ greatly from one individual to another in the same manner as each person differs from one another while moving from infancy to maturity.
    • No sharp differences occur either physically or psychologically when a person reaches 65 years of age. Absolutely no clinical evidence exists for selecting this chronological age as a retirement age.
    • Some impairments and deficiencies do occur as a person ages, but the person often finds ways of adjusting and compensating.
    The goals of healthy aging are maintaining physical and mental health, avoiding disorders, and remaining active and independent. Certain healthy habits have been shown to reduce the risk of developing several disorders that commonly occur as people age. These habits include following a nutritious diet, exercising regularly, and staying mentally active. Developing these habits is an important part of healthy aging. The sooner a person develops them, the better.
    Some Thoughts on Age and Aging
    “Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”
    —Satchel Paige
    “Grow old along with me!
    The best is yet to be.
    The last of life, for which the first was made.”
    —Robert Browning, “‘Rabbi Ben Ezra”
    “Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.”
    —Samuel Ullman
    The elderly are the major casualties of the break-up of the joint family system. Studies conducted recently among old people show that over 35 per cent of the elderly in urban areas and 32 per cent in rural areas live alone. In India, there has been a 285 per cent increase in the population of the aged in the past 50 years


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