After puberty we stop growing. Actually the adult body begins to shrink in length/height, but grows wider/thicker in the chest and waist area. Height loss is even greater after age 70 years.
The auricle is the part of the body made of cartilage cell that continue to divide, grow, mature and die throughout life, according to Heiner Muller-Arneck’s study. Not the same with bones and cartilage in other parts of the aging body.
There is a shape change as the body ages. At age 60 – 69 years of age, the chest and waist are on average four inches wider than at age 20 – 29 years of age. The body length shrinks up to 3 inches. That would mean at 69 years old a person would be more comfortable in a wider chair, but a wider chair is not needed by the same person at age 29. The conclusion is with aging – the body shrinks in height, and gets heavier around the chest and waist area. The body is not as flexible or pliable.
The industry needs to rethink their products, and adapt them to the aging body. Copier machines must be better suited to older persons. Smaller buttons and keyboard are inappropriate as the aging hand grows broader.
By 2050 the number of people over 65 years will be over 20 million, 10 million of those will be over 80 years of age. They must be able to use TVs and mobile phones.