1. Our hair may begin to thin in our 20s. Grey hair appears in our 30s or 40s. By our 70s, our hair is usually completely grey.
2. Weight appears in all the wrong places.
3. In our 40s, our skin begins to sag and lose its elasticity. Wrinkles become more prominent.
4. Flexibility begins to decline in our mid-20s, and muscle strength declines after our late 30s or early 40s. We notice we’re sore and stiff from gardening or weekend games. As muscle mass and strength decline, we burn calories less efficiently and store food as far more easily. Mobility may be a problem.
5. The eye lens changes shape, becoming thicker and less pliable, makes it more difficult to see close object. By age 50, nearly everyone requires glasses to read the newspaper or use a telephone book.
6. Our sense of taste diminishes as we age.
7. Our mouths and eyes may become dryer.
8. Our bones lose calcium and become more brittle. Women more than men, lose bone density, especially after menopause.
9. In our 70s we lose height when thinning vertebrae shrink.
Although we cannot prevent aging, we can control the pace of
these changes with exercise and nutrition.