The website, 'MedlinePlus' featured an article titled: "Aging changes in the bones — muscles -joints" (https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/004015.htm). Among the many facts presented are these: "The spine is made up of bones called vertebrae. Between each bone is a gel-like cushion (called a disk). The middle of the body (trunk) becomes shorter as the disks gradually lose fluid and become thinner.
Vertebrae also lose some of their mineral content, making each bone thinner. The spinal column becomes curved and compressed. Bone spurs caused by aging and overall use of the spine may also form on the vertebrae.”
One of the most dangerous things caused by aging is the ‘foot dragging syndrome.’ Instead of lifting the feet a few inches up when taking each step, the feet are kind of dragged along the surface of the ground, which makes it easy to be tripped if a piece of sidewalk concrete is lifted up a few inches by tree roots.
This sign of aging can be easily fixed. Go for a special walk in which you concentrate intensely on ‘marching’ your feet—-lifting each foot at least six inches up with each step. It may take a while for the foot lifting to become a habit as you walk, but practice makes perfect here. Anything you can do to prevent a fall is good practice. Practice a lot and your ability to avoid a fall will become much closer to perfect than it is now.
Wina Sturgeon is an active 55+ based in Salt Lake City, who offers news on the science of anti-aging and staying youthful at: adventuresportsweekly.com. She skates, bikes and lifts weights to stay in shape.