Ageing and What to Expect in your 50’s

What to expect in your 50’s is the 1st part of a series of 3 articles that looks at the changes you can expect to see and feel in your mind and body with each decade past your 40’s. As we all know, with each decade that passes by after our 40’s, we start to notice more changes and in this series of articles from WebMD,  they explain what to expect in your 50’s, 60’s, 70’s

Brain Health

You’ll go into your 50s with more brain function than you had when you were 25. While it may dip a little around age 55, don’t dwell on that. Some experts believe that thinking you’ll mentally slow down as you age may make it so. One way to help preserve your brain power (and memory) is to follow a Mediterranean diet that’s rich in fruits, veggies, whole grains, and healthy fats like olive and canola oils.

Mental Health

Nearly 95% of people who are 50 or older say they’re “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with their lives. But in women, the hormone shift of menopause can cause changes in mood. And illness and heavy alcohol use can make you more likely to be depressed. A simple strategy to boost your mood: Sit less and move more. Your chances of mental health issues are higher if you sit more than 7 hours a day or don’t exercise.

Immune System

This can be slower to go after viruses and other outside threats. It’s also more likely to attack itself by accident. And your body no longer makes as many “fighter” cells to destroy infections as it used to. Because of all this, you’re more likely to get sick with the flu, pneumonia, or tetanus, so make sure you’re up to date on your vaccines.

Hearing

Up to 40% of people over the age of 50 have some hearing loss. Aside from natural aging, your genes can play a part, and some health issues — like high blood pressure, heart problems, and diabetes — can affect your hearing over time. If you have concerns, ask your doctor about a hearing test. People who don’t hear well are more likely to cut themselves off from loved ones and be depressed.

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