Janet Dolores. Vlha, MD
- internal medicine
Location and Office HoursDouglas Clough
400 W Culvert
Zelienople, PA 16063
- tuesday: 12:00PM - 5:00PM
- thursday: 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Why do my aging parents lose their belongings so often?
Shelley Webb, Nursing, answeredAging adults with dementia often find the need to hide items away in order to protect them or keep them for future use. This action is referred to as hoarding. It is generally harmless but can be exasperating if the hidden item is one that is important (car keys, jewelry, credit cards) or if it causes them to be concerned or agitated when he or she cannot find the item again. Hiding an item is said to make an aging adult feel more secure. It probably relates back to early mankind when people hunted and gathered our food and stored it away for future use. Some people just keep things because they have always had the tendency to collect things. If this action does make your aging parent or loved one feel less anxious, it's probably fine to let them do so.
How does normal aging affect memory?
Majid Fotuhi, MD, PhD, Neurology, answeredThe part of the brain that controls memory is called the hippocampus; it's very fragile and tends to shrink as we age, depending on different lifestyle factors. In this video, neurologist Majid Fotuhi, MD/PhD, explains how aging can affect memory.
What changes in physical appearance can I expect with aging?
Harris McIlwain, MD, Pain Medicine, answered
Skin changes happen with a decrease in the number of pigment cells in the skin after age 30. Since these cells allow tanning, there may be a difference in the ability to tan as evenly as before. And harmless spots made up of remaining pigment cells may appear. Skin may become thinner and may bruise more easily. Changes in the fibers and thickness of the skin can result in wrinkles and looser skin, especially in the face and neck.
The size of the abdomen may gradually increase after age 35 to 45. This is in part because of more fat deposits in the abdomen fat storage sites, even though the total body weight may not increase. After age 40 to 50, some of the fat tissue under the skin may disappear and over years bony prominences such as the spine, shoulder blades, and facial bones may become more apparent.
Graying of hair is another change you may notice in appearance. It is the result of loss of pigment cells which give hair its color. Graying is usually gradual and may begin in the 20s. More than half the population over age 50 has graying of the hair over the scalp. While hair loss is usually preceded by graying, thinning of the hair is another common change in aging men and women. In men the hair loss usually begins in the front of the scalp and gradually extends to cover the crown and top of the scalp. Men usually do not lose hair along the fringe of the scalp. In fact, this hair is usually a great source for transplanting to other areas of the scalp. Hair loss under the arms (axillary hair) also occurs normally in aging. The central hairs remain and are often grayer and thinner. Loss of axillary hair is common after age 60. Pubic hair and hair on the arms and legs may also decrease in the aging process.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
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