This is when you may start to worry about memory loss and mental functioning. True, the speed at which your brain processes information does slow down as you age and it’s common to forget where you left your keys. But if you find yourself getting frequently confused – for example, not recognising where you are, even though you are in a place you know well – then you might want to talk to your GP. If you have the early signs of dementia, there is medication that can help to keep the symptoms at bay. Take steps to stay as mentally sharp as possible, for example do puzzles and learn new things (like a language).
You may have noticed changes in your vision. Visit your optometrist regularly and make sure you are tested for glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration, which can lead to blindness. Dry eyes can be a problem – to avoid this, drink plenty of fluids and cut down on your TV watching and computer screen time.
If you have difficulty hearing people on the phone or when there is a lot of background noise, it may be time for a hearing test. There are lots of amazing hearing aids available these days.