Growing old is inevitably – bringing with it wisdom through years of experience. But it also means pain in the joints, poor digestion and aching feet.
We have to realize that physical, psychological and mental aspects are involved in aging. Disorders of speech, sight and hearing are more frequent among older adults. Many parts of the body, such as the heart and lungs, do not function as efficiently as before. Our memory becomes poorer, our mobility restricted and we become more prone to depression and irritability.
Acknowledging this is the first step in dealing with growing old. How then do we grow old with dignity?
- STAY PHYSICALLY ACTIVE
Try daily Tai-Chi or walking. Even housework and gardening are good forms of exercise.
- KEEP MENTALLY ACTIVE
Keep your mind active by indulging in your hobby or perhaps taking on a new one.
- PROPER NUTRITION
As well-balanced diet and vitamin supplements are important, especially as you grow older.
- REGULAR MEDICAL CHECKS
Regular check-ups will allow early detection of problems and assist in treatment and recovery.
- BE HONEST ABOUT FEELINGS
Feelings of isolation and loneliness are very real in old age. Do not be afraid to share your feeling with family members and friends.
- ADJUST TO YOUR DIFFERENT ROLE
You may not be able to remains as head of the household, so enjoy sitting back. Let someone else take over the running of the home.
- PLAN EARLY FOR OLD AGE
Look forward to retirement, but plan well in advance. In realizing the fact that we will all retire at some point in time, plan now psychologically, socially and financially. Let the golden years bring value and rewards.