As the adage goes “Health is Wealth”, staying healthy is critical for everyone at any age in order for you to live life to the fullest. Elderly should prioritise on health as their immune system decrease with age. They are more susceptible to chronic disease, natural healing abilities decrease,and their physical health deteriorate, for example muscle mass and bone density decrease with age.
Healthy aging is key for every elderly at any age because it helps the elderly handle the changes in their life and lead a purposely life.Below are some tips for the elderly to embrace healthy aging and age well.
Learning to Cope with Changes
The elderly will encounter different changes at the different stages – at the age of 60,70,80. Changes include physical and emotional ones, which lead to higher stress.Some of these changes may be life disrupting, for example loss of a loved one or even loss of independence.
Hence, it is important for elderly to have a better understanding of their physical and emotional changes that take place when they age, so that they are better prepared and able to cope with these changes. Better coping results in less stress and happier life.
They will also take up activities as preventive measures to maintain their current physical and mental health and slow down the aging process. These activities include exercising, meditation and ensuring a proper and nutritious diet.
The elderly’s family and friends can support the elderly by taking part in these activities with them or buying the elderly birthday gifts which help them stay healthy.
Finding New Activities to Enjoy
It is important for elderly to partake in activities for them to stay physically, socially and mentally active. The elderly will stay healthier if they take part in more activities. It also makes their days more meaningful and well spent through these enjoyable activities.
To ensure that the elderly always stay active , they must continuously find new activities to enjoy.Having a great support group or interest group is one way to motivate one another to explore and try out new activities.
Staying Physically Active
Staying physically active provides the foundation to the elderly’s well-being. From the physical aspect, a physically active elderly is less susceptible to injury and has reduced risk of contracting diseases. From the emotional and mental aspect, the elderly is also reducing the risk of getting depression and dementia.
The physical activities should include activities that can help the elderly improve balance and strengthen their muscles. The types of physical activities that the elderly can take up depends on the elderly’s ability and preference. These physical activities include walking, dance, and swimming.
Staying Socially Active
As social beings, staying socially active helps the elderly lead a more meaningful and satisfying life. Staying connected with family and friends make them feel less isolated and prevent mental and emotional related health problems.
To stay socially active, the elderly can consider volunteer activities to do good together with fellow volunteers. They elderly can join interest group or activities offered at social centres to bond with like-minded friends.
The above tips can help the elderly lead a more fulfilling and healthy life.