It is always quite noticeable when you see an older gentleman or lady stooped over, shuffling along, trying to keep pace with the rest of the world and having difficulty not only keeping up, but getting going in the first place. Part of the slowdown is the change in posture that tends to take place slightly in many aging adults and attacks others in a more severe fashion. Sometimes, as I have been writing about for the past week or two, is that part of this ‘stooping’ can be avoided by the lifestyle choices that your elderly clients or you, on their behalf, make.
Our bodies consist of fat, lean tissue (which is our muscles and organs), bones and water. Lean tissue can begin to dissipate right after we hit the ripe old age of 30; yes, I did type that correctly….I said 30!
Our muscles, liver, kidney and a multitude of other organs have a tendency to lose some of their cells; termed atrophy. As I have been filling you in on, bones tend to lose minerals and become dense. In the initial stages, this is called osteopenia, but as it progresses, it is the osteoporosis I have recently covered in this blog.
Water is even more important as we age since our body tissue liberates itself, thus reducing the amount of water in our bodies. To make matters worse, the amount of body fat steadily increases and could rise as much as 30% or more after age 30.
As the NIH (National Institute of Health) claims, that fat tissue tends to build up in the middle of our bodies – especially around our internal organs while the subcutaneous fat, or the layer of fat under our skin seems to dissipate. (This is probably why we look so see-through the older we get!)
This week I will continue this discussion about body shape changes. For now, keep in mind that exercise, healthy foods and cleanliness will certainly help your clients to become healthier or maintain their health. This is displaying for them that you know that With Age Comes Respect.