Preventative Medicine and Healthy Living for Senior Citizens
Society’s seniors are considered to be the most significant group of members for whom both preventive medicine and healthy living are very effective. It has been proven from the older days to the last days that “prevention is better than cure”. Preventive medicines are responsible for preventing any cause of disease while aiming to cure the disease. On the other hand, healthy living represents the natural measures and procedures that must be followed and maintained by these people.
Preventive medicines can be described as a set of measures or practices undertaken to prevent the onset of disease in the elderly while promoting health. In this regard, some of the procedures may be termed blood pressure, cholesterol, depression, diabetes, autism, hearing, vision, and so on. Healthy living has become one of the most important factors for all seniors. This is due to the wider range of sick people within society (Ghany et al. 2018). There are serious diseases that appear due to increasing junk food consumption and bad eating habits. A healthy lifestyle in seniors with preventative measures and medication can encourage them to easily get rid of several diseases before they are attacked.
Preventive medication requires preventive care, which includes three main types: primary prevention, secondary prevention, and tertiary prevention. Primary prevention involves reducing risk factors before an injury or illness occurs, as mandated when purchasing tobacco for both youth and seniors. Adolescent tobacco use also affects seniors when these people are around. Secondary prevention involves detecting the disease before the problem or problem becomes more severe, such as: B. measuring blood pressure. In contrast, tertiary prevention involves preventing serious complications of these diseases, including physical therapy or rehabilitation after a stroke. These preventive measures benefit seniors, with breast cancer screening, colorectal cancer screening and diabetes screening being mainly carried out because these diseases are common among them.
In order to live a healthy life, these people need to follow some healthy lifestyle measures along with preventative medications. Some of the measures can be mentioned below:
Balanced nutrition– At every meal, proper nutrition consisting of minerals, vitamins and other essential nutrients proves essential for body and mind.
Frequent health checks– Tracking the health records will show the mistakes and improvements made in the senior’s body. It contains the benefits of detecting life-threatening problems, extending lifespan, as well as being acquainted with innovative medical technologies (Sutipan & Intarakamhang, 2017).
Ensuring adequate rest and sleep– Improper sleep and rest can affect the state of health more; However, it is recommended to sleep 7 to 9 hours a night to maintain both physical and mental health.
Physical activities– Indulging in games, yoga, exercises and other physical activities will help these elderly to be physically fit and improve mental health as well.
More socializing– Social interactions are important for seniors to keep their bodies and minds fit and free from any stress. Sharing views and talking to others helps relieve tension and stress.
Seniors face the problem of not being properly cured with medications to which these two options strictly apply. Both preventative medication and a healthy lifestyle are required to keep the mind and body fresh. This in turn reduces the stress levels in these elderly people and increases their energy within themselves.
Thanks to Victor O Adedara