It seems, for the most part, the majority of people know what to expect when it comes to aging. Whether they keep up with the latest research or listen carefully to the wisdom of older generations, it seems aging is no longer a mystery.
That being said, with any phase of life, theirs is always something new to learn. These little heard of facts may surprise you, and even give you something else to look forward to! Discover the secret truths of aging:
- Say goodbye to migraines! Did you know that only 10% of women and 5% of men over 70 years old experience migraines? Even those who have suffered with migraines throughout their life report less pain.
- Reduced stress levels. The American Psychological Association reports that 9 out or 10 older adults have less stress than the younger generations.
- A change in senses. As we age, our sense of smell and taste can shift. This can be contributed to medications, illness, or even allergies.
- Chances are, you’ll shrink. Unfortunately, this isn’t a myth. After the age of 40, we typically lose almost half an inch every 10 years due to spinal discs compressing.
- Your body shape shifts. As we age, we retain more weight around our abdomen. As well, the loss of muscle tissue can cause your body to look different.
- The early bird gets the worm! Those who were once night owls or never early risers, suddenly find themselves waking up earlier than ever.
- Naps become more prevalent. While you may be waking up earlier, that doesn’t mean you need less sleep. Studies found that older adults average one to two short naps during the day.
- A difference in hair. Going grey, or even white, is not a surprise. What might be a surprise is the thinning of hair on your head and the increase in hair in new places. Due to hormonal changes, hair can gradually appear on face, ears, or chin.
- Less overall anger. Research shows that as we age there is a decrease in anger over the age of a 60. Many adults are more relaxed and comfortable later in life.
- More meaningful interactions. Older adults report an increasing ability to interact with those around them and connect in a deeper way.