Yes, unfortunately muscle mass will decline with age. Peak muscle fiber size occurs around age 20 for sedentary individuals before beginning to decline. However, physically active adults maintain fiber size until roughly age 60. Research shows the size of Type II fibers (fibers responsible for fast, powerful contractions) decreases with age. This is a primary reason why so many older adults are at risk for sustaining accidental falls. Following systematic and progressive resistance training programs as described by NASM muscle mass decline can be slowed.
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Will my muscle mass decline with age?
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Why should I ask for help if I want to maintain my independence as I age?
UCLA Health answeredAlthough it seems counterintuitive, getting help when you need it can help you maintain your independence as you age. Frequently, maintaining one’s independence means accepting some help, whether it’s hiring a driver or a full-time caregiver. Life changes may require difficult adjustments, but it’s important to recognize that they are designed to keep you functioning as independently, yet safely, as possible.
Do we become wiser as we grow older?
It's not all bad news in terms of cognitive function as we get older -- our levels of wisdom increase as we age. The concept of wisdom is somewhat difficult to define, however. There are many definitions of wisdom. Essentially though, it's the concept of learning to be empathic regarding others, learning not to be reactive and learning to have an understanding of other perspectives.
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