Do people shrink with age

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Yes, people can lose centimetres in height as they age and their muscles can shrink too.

Do you ever visit an older relative and realise you have to stoop a little to give them a hug?

Or perhaps that top shelf of the pantry seems to be inching further from your fingertips as the years go by?

Could you be imagining it, or do we really shrink as we age?

It turns out age-related shrinking isn't a myth: people do tend to get shorter with age, says Professor Barbara Workman, Director of the Monash Ageing Research Centre (MON-ARC).