Health Tips For The Elderly

Having checked with my dictionary elderly is described as old or ageing. It sets no boundaries so to offer advice becomes extremely difficult because of the lack of a precise definition. Medical and other physical ailments also tend to widen the disparity when comparing age and support that the individual might need.

I know many people who at sixty plus years would not consider themselves - elderly and would see themselves as still having a long lifetime to negotiate. These people are active, involved with family matters or community affairs and do not seem to fit the mould.

It's true then that we are as old as we feel and any quest for a fits-all solution is rather futile. All we can perhaps offer is a number of suggestions that may be useful and for individuals to select any one or more that may be of current interest.

One thing that is constant is the attention that must be paid to their regular nutritional intake. The diet must contain fruits and vegetables, carbohydrates and especially calcium. There is no need to adopt any restrictions but to be balanced and moderate, especially with regard to red meats.

Smoking, never a harbinger of good health, becomes even more of a risk in old age, that can result in circulation problems in the lower extremities. It's never too late to quit. Equally alcoholic beverages should be taken in moderation.

Stay active. Involvement with family and community matters provides access to mental stimulation which is the enemy of intellectual deterioration. This is seen as an area of huge growth, being described as diabetes 3 that will involve increasing numbers and rising health care costs.

Get regular health check ups. Not only will this make you aware of your existing physical condition but will also determine any changes that may occur providing early warnings of symptoms that may allow early diagnosis and treatment.

Maintain activities such as gardening which provide direction and require planning and execution.

These could be recommendations for any age group. Choices that can be made to promote health improvements through making appropriate decisions but exercising brings one back to the wide disparity in individual capability.

Therefore, consult with your doctor about what exercises can be done. Always set a warming up period and although the recommended daily period may be thirty minutes it is perhaps advisable to limit this to three sessions of ten minutes with rests in between.

Walking is the most popular choice and fits well within the thirty minute recommendation. Another great exercise is swimming which stretches the joints and improves energy levels. Also, water aerobics using the natural buoyancy of the water can also be very effective especially in relation to persons with restricted movement.

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