What is ageing exactly? Well, generally it’s the changes that happen to our bodies over time.
For many of us, getting older is exciting! It’s a chance for greater freedom, later curfews and more allowance. You begin to mature and adults begin taking you more seriously.
However, as you age, you begin to realize that your grandparents are also changing-maybe they don’t want to play as much or they forget things really quickly. You may notice more wrinkles that seem to appear and that they find reading harder than before. These, and more, are signs of ageing and though it may seem different, many of these are normal.
However, not all changes are normal. You may also notice your grandparents changing personalities in an instant (for example being happy for one minute and crying the next), or suddenly forgetting the names of close family members. Maybe they have to move to a nursing home so that other people can take care of them. They may have health threats that are not normally a part of ageing and by understanding them, you may be able to help make their lives easier.
So how old do you have to be to be an elderly or older person? There is no set age, however for most people, it's 65+ years old.
On this website, there is information on the different consequences of ageing.
These are split into normal and abnormal changes to ageing and in those categories:
1. Physical ageing (changes that happen to the body)
2. Mental ageing (changes about how the person feels and acts)
3. Psychosocial ageing (feelings which affect the person’s relationships with other people).