Through the Years: Test Your Aging Knowledge
by Staff
Some people pay thousands of dollars to hide the physical effects of aging, but there's no stopping the many changes that affect our bodies as time passes. . Find out how much you know about the often unavoidable symptoms of aging in this quiz.

The progressive loss of bone that often accompanies aging is called:

  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • osteoarthritis
  • osteoporosis

Which of the following is not a contributing factor to bone loss?

  • exercise
  • menopause
  • smoking

What is a major contributor to wrinkles?

  • lotion
  • sun exposure
  • dry skin

Aging skin can lead to a deficiency in what vitamin?

  • vitamin A
  • vitamin B12
  • vitamin D

Excessive pressure inside the eyeball produces:

  • presbyopia
  • glaucoma
  • cataracts

Why do many older people have a decreased sense of taste?

  • because taste receptors break down
  • because the tongue loses elasticity
  • because the sense of smell weakens

What is the Use It and Lose It Theory?

  • a theory for how people age
  • a theory for how to lose weight
  • a theory for the onset of dementia

How many inches might people lose in height by the age of 80?

  • 1 inch (2.5 centimeters)
  • 2 inches (5 centimeters)
  • 3 inches (7.5 centimeters)

Pain and stiffness in the joints are referred to as:

  • arthritis
  • shin splints
  • osteoporosis

What can you do to reduce the natural decline of the kidneys that occurs with age?

  • eat sugary foods
  • drink plenty of fluids
  • lift weights