Healthy living in old age

Old manLiving healthy and safer in old age is a serious challenge for the aged, especially for those who are living alone and experiencing varying degrees of physical and mental decline. In addition to falls and choking hazards, there are a host of issues you have to cope with as you become old.

Aging is defined as progressive changes related to the passing of time. While physiological changes that occur with age may prevent life in your 70s, 80s and beyond from being what it was in your younger years, there is a lot you can do to improve your health and longevity and reduce risk for physical and mental disability as you get older. Researches reveal that these days a person is likely to live an average of about 10 years longer than his/her parents. Besides, you are also likely to live healthier for longer, too.

So, making the best out of the evening of your life is a major issue. Though you are not able to control every factor that affects health as you age, many are in your hands. Some  basic requirements for a long and healthy life include making healthful lifestyle choices like quitting smoking, having a healthy diet, practising good hygiene, reducing stress in  life, staying active as far as possible both physically and mentally, having regular medical checkups, and taking adequate precautions.

Keep in touch with people

One of the most important things you can do to stay healthy in your golden years is to maintain your sense of purpose by staying connected to people and things that matter to you. Of course, this is not always easy especially in a society that all-too-often views older people as a burden.

Spending time with at least one person, a family member, friend or neighbour every day, is good.

According to a journal on health, walking may help prevent physical disability later in life. In a large study of elders, researchers focused on sedentary men and women between the ages of 70 and 89 who either met twice a week for a supervised walk around a track and received instruction to walk or do balance and flexibility exercises 3 to 4 times a week at home. After an average of 2.6 years, the walkers were 28% less likely to have become persistently disabled physically than the non-walkers, suggesting that it is never too late to start.

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