Now you have hit your forties you may be wondering what comes next for your body as you move through middle age toward retirement. Most of what you are about to read comes a long way down the line, yet some of it may already be happening. Life as an older person doesn’t have to be any less fun or any less functional than it is now. You may need to change one or two things in life to keep up with those in your family who are a couple of generations younger. Generally speaking, life in your sixties and seventies needn’t be much different to how it is now. Here’s how:

Energy – Your body’s metabolism will change as you get older. You may already be noticing that your fat stores have moved from legs and buttocks to your tummy. Now the kids have grown up, you are already doing less, but once they have moved out altogether, your activity levels may fall off altogether. Start increasing your activity now with exercises that you would be happy to carry on for the next twenty to thirty years. Once you quit work, you will need to fill that time with even more activities.

Skin – Your skin will lose its elasticity and wrinkles will appear more prominent. You may even have some brown ‘age’ spots. An excellent diet will slow this degeneration down, and a good skin care routine including moisturizing will also help. Circulation is key to your skin’s appearance, so keep up the moderate exercise daily.

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 Hearing – The ongoing joke about you going deaf can get a little bit painful after a while. The truth is, you may be starting to notice some degradation to your hearing. Struggling to focus on a quiet conversation is a nuisance and can get quite stressful when it is regularly happening. There are some great new hearing aids out there, like the Starkey Hearing Technologies, so book yourself in for a hearing check now to see what kind you may need. By catching it early, you can save your hearing ability for the future.

Mental abilities – Most of us fear dementia and Alzheimer’s. They are to be feared because they strip us of our dignity in many ways and cause a lot of heartache for our loved ones. Start preventing it now, by ensuring you are drinking plenty of water, and keeping your brain active. There are many ways to keep your brain ticking over. Puzzles that require mental agility such as crosswords and number puzzles are excellent. Some say singing helps keep you in the here and now too. If you are worried about early-onset, see your doctor today.

Physical impairments – We all worry our bodies will stop working. Keeping them moderately active every day for the rest of our lives is key to preventing that happening. The old saying “If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it” could well be true. Find activities and exercises that use every limb in every way. Stretches, movement, and moderate cardiovascular exercises are essential.