One of the pitfalls of aging is that our senses begin to dull. It’s not an easy thing to cope with, especially when you’ve spent your entire life with eyes as sharp as birds and hearing that can pick up even the slightest rustle. Some senses slow down as we age, and others we lose entirely. The loss of our senses can be frustrating, and depending on the reason for the loss, can cause depression, anxiety and can lead to injury. Being in tune with your body isn’t enough if you’re paying attention too late, so you need to work out how you can keep your senses about you. It starts with taking care of them from a young age, noticing any changes and acting upon them as soon as you realize that something is wrong. Some sensory loss can be entirely avoided, and while it can be comical when you’re dealing with being unable to hear properly, this isn’t a movie, it’s real life, and you have to be able to cope. So, now you know that some sensory loss can be avoided entirely, you can start doing things to help your senses early. Let’s go through it.
Some people need glasses and help to see from childhood, but if you’ve had perfect 20-20 vision your whole life, it can be disconcerting to get to forty and suddenly find that you’re squinting to read the newspaper. The flexibility in the lens of your eye can change to become more rigid, which makes it harder to see up close. You can protect your eyesight by:
- Using the proper lighting to do things.
- Taking regular breaks from staring at a screen.
- Wearing prescribed glasses when required.
- Eating the right ‘sight’ foods, such as foods with vitamin C and E.
- Keep an eye on your blood pressure; too much pressure can put a strain on the eyes.
Quite a lot of things can affect your hearing as you age, including exposure to a lot of noise, illness and infection and a head injury. There are now a lot of hearing devices on the market that can help you to hear, and you can learn more about keeping those healthy, too. The aim is to protect your ears, and you can do that in these ways:
- Any signs of pain or hearing loss should be checked straight away.
- Keep the noise down; the louder it gets, the more you’ll damage the fine hair inside the ears.
- Maintain a healthy diet.
Smell & Taste.
These can diminish as we get older, particularly because we lose taste buds as we age. The nerves in the nose break down as we age, and when you spend years of your life dealing with sinus issues and allergies, you notice the difference when you start to lose your senses. If anything changes with your taste and sense of smell, get some help. Neurological diseases can indicate a change in these. If you’re a smoker, it’s time to quit and while you’re there, cut down on the amount of salt that you’re eating.
The changes that our skin and nerves go through over time can impact the sensitivity of the skin, which affects the way that we experience touch. We can minimize the changes as they occur by:
- Implementing a good exercise routine.
- Having proper nutrition.
- Taking care of your skin with a good routine.
- Being mindful of the sun.
The five senses do more than help us with our day to day sensory experiences. Hearing helps us to balance. Touch affects our pain threshold. Our sense of smell will help us to tell the difference between whether there is a gas leak in the house or not. There is a huge decrease in quality of life if we aren’t taking care of our senses and looking after our health, which is why you have to stay vigilant about what is healthy for you. Adapting to the changes that our bodies throw at us as we age isn’t always easy, but it’s something that must be done if you want to have hold of all your senses for longer as you age. Not doing so will lead to degeneration faster and also increase the risk of injury and falls. Don’t take your senses for granted; they’ve been hanging around long enough and contrary to popular belief, you’re not going to suddenly gain Spiderman-like senses just because you lose one of them. Take care of your health, and you can avoid any issues.