Daily Healthcare Tips for Senior Citizens

Senior Citizens in the age group of 65+ require special attention to their health is no secret. Getting older shouldn’t mean illnesses, ailments and a poor quality of life.

Senior Citizens in the age group of 65+ require special attention to their health is no secret. Getting older shouldn’t mean illnesses, ailments and a poor quality of life. It is seen that young people with healthy habits age well, thus it is always good to start early. But understanding that it’s never late to start living healthy is also important. With old age comes decline in both physical and mental health. With age there will be changes in skin, bones, brain, teeth, eyes and much more of a person. Thus it becomes doubly important for senior citizens to take extra care of themselves. Firstly it’s extremely vital for a senior citizen to take control of his or her health. Some basic healthcare tips related to diet, activities and lifestyle for senior citizens are mentioned below:

Staying Active

Adequate amount of daily or regular physical activity will go a long way in keeping senior citizens both healthy and happy. This also helps fight a number of lifestyle diseases such as heart diseases, diabetes, colon cancer and more. Depending upon one’s age, likes and current health condition one can decide upon various activities. Formulating a sensible routine or exercise program is important. One can always seek professional help of a doctor or of a health professional. Also it’s important to understand the significance of maintaining appropriate intensity levels and heightened importance of safety from any physical injury in case of senior citizens. Any sign of discomfort or pain however mild shouldn’t be ignored. For senior citizens it’s best to take it slow; always take appropriate time for warm-up and to cool off, stay hydrated and wear appropriate shoes and clothing. Other physical and leisure activities such as brisk walking, sports like badminton, water aerobics, dancing, dog walking, Yoga and more are also recommended. One must try and include varied exercises that will help improve flexibility, balance and build strength and stamina. Indulging in regular physical activity also has a positive impact on the mental health of senior citizens. It can help improve memory, keep the person mentally alert and active and helps fight depression.

Lifestyle Changes and Regular Medical Check-ups

Bad lifestyle choices such as consumption of alcohol or smoking have heighted negative effects for senior citizens. Thus quitting or at least cutting down on alcohol and smoking will help immensely in maintaining good health.(more)

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Loneliness may be a greater public health hazard than obesity: Study

Loneliness and isolation may actually lead to early death, researches say

Loneliness may be a greater public health hazard than obesity, according to a study which found that social isolation may put people at an increased risk of early death.

“Being connected to others socially is widely considered a fundamental human need – crucial to both well-being and survival,” said Julianne Holt-Lunstad, professor at Brigham Young University in the US.

“Extreme examples show infants in custodial care who lack human contact fail to thrive and often die, and indeed, social isolation or solitary confinement has been used as a form of punishment,” said Holt-Lunstad.

“Yet an increasing portion of the USPopulation now experiences isolation regularly,” she said.

To illustrate the influence of social isolation and loneliness on the risk for premature mortality, Holt-Lunstad presented data from two research reviews.

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The first involved 148 studies, representing more than 300,000 participants, and found that greater social connection is associated with a 50 per cent reduced risk of early death.

The second study, involving 70 studies representing more than 3.4 million individuals from North America, Europe, Asia and Australia, examined the role that social isolation, loneliness or living alone might have on mortality.

Researchers found that all three had a significant and equal effect on the risk of premature death, one that was equal to or exceeded the effect of other well-accepted risk factors such as obesity.

“There is robust evidence that social isolation and loneliness significantly increase risk for premature mortality, and the magnitude of the risk exceeds that of many leading health indicators,” said Holt-Lunstad.

Mediterranean diet for healthy brain

Latest News : A Mediterranean diet, comprising fruits, vegetables, olive oil and fish, may help older adults to retain more brain volume, researchers have found.

The Mediterranean diet also includes beans and cereal grains such as wheat and rice, moderate amounts of fish, dairy and wine and limited red meat and poultry.

“As we age, the brain shrinks and we lose brain cells which can affect learning and memory. This study adds to the body of evidence that suggests the Mediterranean diet has a positive impact on brain health,” said Michelle Luciano from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

For the study, researchers gathered information on the eating habits of 967 Scottish people aged around 70 who did not have dementia.

The findings showed that people who did not follow as closely to the Mediterranean diet were more likely to have a higher loss of total brain volume over three years than those who followed the diet more closely.

The difference in diet explained 0.5 per cent of the variation in total brain volume, an effect that was half the size of that due to normal ageing.

The results were the same when adjusted for other factors that could affect brain volume such as age, education and having diabetes or high blood pressure, the researchers said.

In addition, consuming fish and meat were not related to brain changes, they said. This is contrary to earlier studies.(more)

New Year ‘detox’ may put your life at risk: experts

Health – New Year ‘detox’ may put your life at risk: experts

Breaking News : New Year ‘detox’ may do more harm than good, warn doctors after a woman in the UK who was drinking lots of fluids and taking various herbal remedies developed a potentially life-threatening complication.

Doctors from Milton Keynes Hospital in the UK said that patients should be advised of the potential harm of undertaking a New Year ‘detox’, especially if it involves consuming excessive amounts of fluid or alternative remedies.

The previously fit and well 47-year-old woman had been consuming more fluids and herbal medicines than usual, including valerian root, over the New Year period.

She was admitted to hospital following a brief period of confusion and repetitive behaviour, such as teeth grinding, which lasted for an hour. She then collapsed and suffered a seizure.

Her family said that she had increased thirst over the past few days and had been drinking more water and tea as a result, but they did not note this to be excessive.

She had also been taking herbal remedies for various minor symptoms and was regularly consuming milk thistle, molkosan, l-theanine, glutamine, vitamin B compound, vervain, sage tea, green tea and valerian root. (more)