INTERNATIONAL DAY OF OLDER PERSONS 2022: Older people are blessed with more wisdom, experience, gratitude, love and strength. They serve as an inspiration to family members and society as a whole, with their vast knowledge and experience of varied subjects. Instead of treating them with kindness, dignity and affection, and showing care, many older people are forgotten, ignored or sent to nursing homes by their families.
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In an effort to promote equal rights and freedoms for older persons, the United Nations (UN) established the International Day of Older Persons.
Staying in good physical and mental health is important for everyone. Regardless of age, everyone should take care of their health. However, an older person’s body needs extra care as it goes through many changes that can make them susceptible to getting sick, such as catching a cold or flu, pneumonia, bronchitis, asthma, diabetes , etc.
On the occasion of the International Day of Older Persons, here are some tips to help them stay healthy:
- To be active
Physical activity is good for the body and its immune system. You don’t have to engage in strenuous activities. Consider biking, walking, swimming, or low-impact aerobics for at least 20 to 30 minutes a day. Engage your muscles to strengthen them by lifting weights or doing yoga depending on your body’s ability.
As you age, doctors sometimes recommend supplements to ensure your body receives adequate nutrition. You may be advised to take calcium, vitamin D, B6 or B-12. All of these supplements and multivitamins boost your immune system to keep you healthy. Certain supplements help support a healthy immune system. Before taking any supplement, always ask your doctor if it is safe, especially if you are taking medication.
- Balanced diet
Limit your intake of fried foods and sugar. Be sure to include fresh, local fruits and vegetables in your diet as well as lean meats. The antioxidants in fruits and vegetables protect your cells from damage while the other nutrients in these foods will provide your body with the right nutrients.
- Frequent health checks
Schedule a routine or annual checkup for necessary health issues. Sometimes conditions such as diabetes and heart problems can go unnoticed. Therefore, regular checkup is important to catch any health issues at an early stage. Consult the doctor if you feel unwell or have cold and flu symptoms, because with age the immune system weakens and it can be more difficult to fight off these viruses.
- Rest properly
Getting enough sleep can lower your stress levels, give your body time to repair itself, and boost your immune system.
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