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Senior Health care - Useful tips

July 25, 2012  by: ushakiran  Points: 12   Category: Health  Earning $0.80   Views: 1048

Here are some useful tips that help our senior citizens keep fit and smiling !

         

Senior citizens of a country are its precious treasure and they need to be given a lot of care and love.Having experienced life and gained wisdom ,they reach a stage in life when they are mentally at their best but physically not absolutely fit owing to many biological factors.The process of aging does have its negative impacts....

To overcome this negative impact, here are some useful tips that help our senior citizens keep fit and smiling !






1. Take care of your diet

It is a known fact that eating fish once a week could cut your risk of sudden cardiac death ! Good nutrition is more than consuming less fat. It’s also knowing the difference between good and bad fats, paying more attention to the variety and proportions of the foods one eats, and making good nutritional choices a habit which is the hard part for most people.
For example, even though eating five or more fruit and vegetable servings a day may cut overall cancer risk by 20 per cent, less than 40 per cent of older people do this. If you’ve had poor nutritional habits for a long time, you won’t be able to change it overnight, but you can succeed if you improve your diet gradually.

2. Get Moving

Physical inactivity is the most prevalent risk factor for premature death and disability for most people of all ages. According to the reports of Lifestyle and Fitness Institute, two-thirds of our population have dangerously inactive lifestyles. However, even modest amounts of exercise ( even 20 minutes a day) can do a world of good, especially if you are faithful to a regular routine and get the various forms of exercise you need to build your endurance, strength, balance and flexibility. Walking is the best fom of exercise for senior citizens.



3. Supplement ones Diet

It has been told that getting enough of the antioxidant vitamins C and E and beta-carotene is one of the best ways to slow the clock of aging ! But if you’re really serious about staying young, there are other supplements you should know about, too. Vitamin B12 is one of them, since deficiencies of this nutrient (common in most people over the age of 60) can result in dementia and memory loss. So is calcium, which not only guards against osteoporosis but may also help prevent the most common type of stroke.

4. Keep a close watch on your Weight

We all know that obesity can lead to serious health problems and shorten our life span. But, even 10 or 20 pounds of extra weight can pose an unnecessary risk, especially if it’s sitting mostly around the middle portion of your body . Your metabolism slows with age, so you’re not burning the calories you once did when you were active . That means you should be cutting down on how much you eat or stepping up your exercise, or ideally do both.

5. Take care of Your Bones

If you’re a woman, don’t wait until after menopause to address your risk of osteoporosis. You start losing bone density at least a decade before menopause, so you need to get enough calcium and vitamin D every day. It is highly recommended that one should stop smoking, and get regular weight-bearing exercise. When you approach menopause, discuss strategies to lower the risk of osteoporosis with your doctor.
And men to are not immune to osteoporosis but the risk is increasing more slowly than that of a woman’s. However, by seventies or eighties, it can be just as great. According to the Osteoporosis Society , there are some 175,000 hip fractures each year across the world . Seventy per cent of those are osteoporosis-related.

6. Visit your Doctor Regularly

Many people hate to see the doctor, but he or she can be your best friend when it comes to preventing health problems. Getting your blood pressure checked annually, for example, can help prevent serious cardiovascular and kidney problems. You can easily avoid pneumonia ,a leading killer of older people, by getting a pneumococcal vaccine, and yearly flu shots can ward off not only the flu but also the complications that one can come with it. And detecting cancer or diabetes early on definitely helps, when there’s still time to do something about it !

7. Limiting Alcohol is very beneficial

It’s true that one or two drinks a day may lower your risk of heart disease and stroke, but you shouldn’t start drinking to gain these benefits. Exercise and diet can help you achieve the same results.
Also, the older you get, the more alcohol affects you. Drinking two glasses of wine, might be one thing for a 40 year old , but it’s quite another thing for a 70 year old who metabolizes alcohol more slowly and may be more prone to falls. And taking too much alcohol increases a woman’s risk of breast cancer.

8. Quit Smoking

Heart disease, cancer and stroke account for at least one out of every two deaths today and smoking is clearly behind them all. If you still have this habit and you want to live, then quit before you think of doing anything else.
It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve tried to quit before, but the next time can work, if you get all the help you need. If you’re an older smoker, take into accountt the fact that your chances of staying smoke-free if you quit are greatest if you’re over 65. As for passive smoking, one has to realise that sitting in smoke-filled rooms will definitely shorten ones life.

9. Learn More About Your Medications

Most old people need to take a host of different drugs as they get older. The biggest problem with “ polypharmacy ”, as it is called, is the increased risk of interactions among drugs with food, alcohol and herbs.
Did you know that drinking alcohol when taking Tylenol can cause liver damage? Also, that one out of four cases of impotence may result from drug side effects? And as you age, you become more sensitive to drugs and may need lower doses? So, it is in your interest to know more about the drugs that you are consuming and its overall impact on your body.

10. Avoid Stress

As you get older, you tend to experience new types of stress. You may have more responsibility than ever on the job, or aging parents to look after. Perhaps retirement worries , since it may not be what you thought it would be, or you’re lonely after the death of your spouse! There ccould be any number of reasons that cause worry !
Chronic stress can compound ones risk of heart disease, cancer, and digestive problems, and it can even burn out your memory. Learning to manage it can actually help you live longer. In fact, people who have lived to 100 seem to have had better than average ways of dealing with stress. Several simple techniques like meditation and self analysis can help you cope with stress better .

11. Prevent Accidents

First of all take care while walking on the streets and drive safely wearing a seatbelt. If you’re a man aged 55 to 64, you’re twice as likely to die in an auto accident as a woman your age. Driving risks are bound to increase if you develop vision or hearing problems or have slower reflexes.

Around the house, you’re at higher risk for falls as you get older.Remove clutter around the house and also other hazards underfoot like a carpet that is not firm .Exercising regularly helps to improve your balance.

12. Think Young

To remain focused and energetic , you need to stay actively engaged in life and break out of old routines that pull you down. So find a passion or purpose and pursue it. Get involved in volunteer work. Try a new type of ethnic food, start taking interest in your surroundings and garden, adopt a pet.
It’s also important to challenge your faculties.It is been shown that learning new things can actually stimulate new connections in your brain. Playing bridge, doing challenging crossword puzzles, joining a book discussion group , all give a lot of stimulation to the brain. Take up pottery or learn to play an instrument or anything that you had wanted to do, which you could not because of family commitments.Let age not be a deterrent !

13. Take Care of Your Teeth

Once upon a time, as people got older, they got dentures.However, if you like to keep your teeth, dental checkups and cleaning should be done at least once or twice a year. Daily flossing and brushing are also an important part of your preventive health care. Gum disease can actually spread infection to your heart and take years off your life.So take good care of your teeth.

14.Get Enough Sleep

Restful, deep sleep can be more elusive than ever as you age. Yet adequate sleep is crucial to aging well.Sleep has been strongly linked to proper immune system functioning and also cardiovascular health. Learning more about your changing sleep patterns and how to preserve this precious restorative can add to the quality, and the quantity, of your life. It is also advisable to take short naps as and when you feel the need to do so !

15. Stay Socially Connected

Maintaining ties with family and friends both old and new, is much more important than we realise, according to the most recent medical research. In fact, having a social network has been clinically proven to contribute to a longer life and reduce the need for doctor visits and trips to the hospital.

If you have a good support system, you’re more likely to weather physical ailments, stress and emotional problems, and derive more enjoyment out of life. The more people you talk to daily or weekly, the better for you!




Comment(s)
Author: rekhas        
Posted Date: 07/31/2012    Points:4    

Very nice article Ushaji. As always, you mentioned all the key points for the topic. Senior health care- something that people in their old age neglect. They think that they did enough and old age does not need extra care. They are so wrong. In fact, this is when they should be more careful of their diet, fitness and good health. Instead of spending more on medical bills, they can maintain a good health by spending on good quality food and health care. They should not stop socializing. You are right about exercise and socializing at an older age.

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