Mild memory changes go along with aging and can start as early as your 40s. It might take you longer to recall names or facts or remember why you went upstairs. But most cases of Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia don’t happen until after age 65.
Not everyone gets stiff joints when they get older. But your chances of getting osteoarthritis go up as you age. Men tend to get symptoms after age 45, and women after 55. There’s no cure, but you can slow its progress. As little as an hour of exercise a week might help. Do flexibility, strength-training, and aerobic exercises. If you’re new to exercise, see your doctor first.
After you hit your 40s, you’ll likely have trouble seeing things close-up, like reading a menu. It’s called presbyopia.
Your periods usually become less regular in your late 30s or early 40s. That’s perimenopause, the time leading up to menopause. Your body makes less estrogen. That means your periods may be lighter and shorter, or come less often.
You might find your hands have to work harder opening a jar, or your hold on the steering wheel isn’t as firm. Your grip strength usually starts to drop in your 50s. You can keep your hands strong by playing with clay, squishing a stress ball, or wringing water out of a washcloth. If you lose your grip strength early or suddenly, it could be a sign of arthritis, nerve damage, or another health issue.
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