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Aging: What to Expect (part one)

Have you ever looked in the mirror and asked, “Who is that old guy?” Seeing a stranger standing there with gray hair and wrinkles can be surprising, though our bodies have been gradually headed this direction since birth.

Aging isn’t a picnic, but it is inevitable, according to scientists, so how do we make the best of the changes?

One way is to know what to expect. Another is to stay on top of changes by partnering with health care professionals—not only when you’re sick, but for regular wellness exams. (Don’t forget eye doctors and dentists). You may be slowing down but that doesn’t mean you can’t stay active. Your health is in your hands.

Aging isn't a matter of choice, but it is a personal process--everyone does it in their own way and time. A lot has to do with genes. But here are some general facts that apply to each person:

Though such changes may not make you want to shout “Hooray!” Please don’t get discouraged. There are plenty of things you can do to stay healthy, active and happy. Be sure to read part two of Aging: What to Expect, to find out exciting ways to adapt to your ever-changing body.

Dr. Scott, MD