With rising population of the elderly world over, it has become necessary that some steps be taken in order to improve their lifestyles so as to make sur that they lead a healthy lifestyle and to ensure that the disease burden on this age group population does not increase and become somewhat of a crisis. and for this to happen we must make sure that certain measure are put into place and the elderly population are well aware of what these measures are.
Connect with people
Help the older person to find ways to be in contact with other people, helping them to avoid social isolation and loneliness. And this is where socialization becomes very critical. Especially with people in your age group, people who can relate to you and what you have to say. And maybe this is the reason that some elderly people prefer to be living in elderly home care, because this aspect of socialization is fulfilled. Evidence shows that we need both depth and breadth in our relationships for optimum health at any age.
Being active is critical
Encourage physical activity that is enjoyable. Incorporate exercise into daily routines as much as possible. A slow walk to the toilet is better than a commode by the bedside. Exercise and home therapy services facilitates the achievement of the other ways to wellbeing and increases the likelihood of successful self-care, as well as being of key importance for maintaining and improving the health of cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems.
Taking notice is of utmost importance
Facilitate the older person’s interest in current affairs and local news, as well as their immediate surroundings. Meditation and/or relaxation techniques to manage anxiety are of value at any age and help people to live in the present moment rather than being disabled by past fears and worries or anxiety about the future. They can be taught in hospital by occupational therapists/physiotherapists, psychologists and some specialist nurses and physicians, and education can be maintained on discharge by community resources.
Keep learning something
Encourage the older person to try something new. There is accumulating evidence that continuing to learn new skills or maintain learning in established interests is good for mental health, possibly slows cognitive decline and helps with symptom control (distraction).
Feel good about yourself
Doing things for others is rewarding. Encourage the older person to see themselves as worthwhile, valuable contributors in their own communities, however small that might be. Evidence shows that altruism is good for mental health and the palliative care literature demonstrates that even the very ill welcome opportunities to be involved in work that helps others.