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Turning 65 Years Old

Retired after 40 years in transport management, Ken has been married for 46 years. Ken and his wife have 3 children and 2 grandchildren.


When you hit 65, that's it. Are you the epitome of a senior citizen?

So, now that I'm actually a senior citizen, what does it mean? Do I have to apologize for my faulty memory ? Am I really a Golden Ager? Will I actually be wiser? Can I blame my being overweight on my metabolism slowing down? Can I prove that weight loss often becomes increasingly difficult when you turn 65?. Is it worth the IRS rewarding us who reach age 65 with some additionial tax breaks?

Reading glasses and wrinkles are here to stay.

Everyone ages differently, and our lifestyles will play a major role as well. However it is common for many of us that all those fine lines and wrinkles which started showing up in the past will become more noticeable; especially if you smoked or spent excessive time sunning or tanning in your younger years. You may have an increasing number of age spots.

Eye problems associated with age include cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration. Macular Degeneration is caused by the deterioration of the central portion of the retina. The retina’s central portion is responsible for focusing central vision in the eye, and it controls our ability to read, drive a car, recognize colors, and see objects in fine detail. Macular Degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss.


Nothing to joke about

Aging most often will introduce us to an era of new health considerations. Metabolism slows with every passing decade. Weight loss often becomes increasingly difficult. It would be wise to see your physician for a check-up and ask them to provide you with nutritional assessment and counseling.

Ask for your B-12 levels to be checked and begin taking a supplement if you’re low. B-12 deficiencies are common in older people. There are even B-12 injections that can be given in more extreme cases on the prescription of your doctor

Vitamin B12 benefits your mood, energy level, memory, heart, skin, hair, digestion and more. Vitamin B12 is also an essential vitamin for addressing multiple metabolic functions and maintaining healthy nervous and cardiovascular systems. 1

The best sources of B-12 found in foods are meat, poultry, fish, shell fish and eggs.



Physical Changes That Come With Aging

There are some important physical changes that are inevitable when you are turning 65 or thereabouts. I found in my research that according to the Johnson Memorial Hospital of Franklin, Indiana health blog, there are noticeable changes.

Most important is our heart. As you age, the blood vessels throughout our bodies lose their elasticity. We also experience changes in our arteries when fatty deposits build up against artery walls. These changes means that our hearts have to work harder at circulating blood through your body. This can lead to high blood pressure (hypertension) and atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). 1

We also will have problems with bones, muscles and joints. By nature, our bones lose some density and shrink in size. Our muscles and adjoining tendons and joints will lose both strength and flexibility. 2

Quoted right from this blog source comes the following..."Swallowing and digestive reflexes slow down as we age. Swallowing may become harder as the esophagus contracts less forcefully. The flow of secretions that help digest food in the stomach, liver, pancreas and small intestine may also be reduced. The reduced flow may result in digestive issues that weren’t present when you were younger." 3

We can experience changes with our brain. Just as with our physical body, our brain loses cells too. This is why we have varying degrees of memory loss. 4

Unfortunately the list goes on. Experiments in science have shown older people have difficulty hearing higher pitched voices and sounds. In most cases we will experience thinning or loss of hair. And if you don't cheat with your hairdresser, our hair will turn gray or even white.

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The Upside of Turning Older

Kidnappers are not very interested in you. In a hostage situation you are likely to be released first.

No one expects you to run into a burning building.

Things you buy now won't wear out.

You have a party and the neighbors don't even realize it.

You don't fully understand things. For example, I joined a health club last year and spent about 400 bucks. Haven't lost a pound. Apparently you have to actually go there.

I only wish I made up these jokes. But I will fully disclose and give 100% credit to There are even more hilarities found there.

On a serious note, by now you usually have your priorities in better order. If you played your cards right, you are wiser about the ways of the world. You are in a better position to give advice, if asked for. There should be more time to take part in activities with those around you and family members. If so blessed, you can be enjoying the pleasures of being a grandparent. There should be far less awkward social moments and far more taking pleasure in them. And you can now enjoy all the pleasures of Older Americans Month which takes place each year in May.

In my experience, you will get out of something what you put into it. A positive aging experience is no different. Be careful not to live in the past because you will surely miss out on a vibrant and exciting future. Be thankful for what you have. Don't hesitate to smile. Eliminate negative thoughts. Don't hold a grudge, at least for very long. And to quote an old saying...Stop and smell the flowers.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2018 Ken Ratajczak


Ken Ratajczak (author) from North Ridgeville, Ohio on July 16, 2021:

Thanks Peg. Appreciate your comments. I didn’t even include the likes of some of what you brought up.Yes arthritis for me, both knees totally replaced, ruptured Achilles’ tendon with broken heel bone, emergency gall bladder surgery, and mist recently, my right kneecap is fractured…. No reason why . Next month on August 14, I turn 68. My new saying? “. 68; can’t wait” Lol

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on July 16, 2021:

You've summarized many of the things we of a certain age are experiencing. For me, the cataracts have come to stay along with the osteoporosis and aching joints. For the hubby, he's already had a knee replacement and back fusion surgery. But luckily, we still feel young in our minds even if we're invisible to the younger set. Stay well.

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