Tips on Healthy Ageing With Personal Healthcare
With Singapore becoming an increasingly ageing society, it is important to take care of one’s health as we age so that we can still enjoy life in our senior years. Even if you’re currently enjoying your senior years, our following tips will still help you to live your life to the fullest!
Some may love it, others may hate it but physical activity is key to healthy ageing. A study of adults 40 years and above found that taking 8,000 steps or more per day, compared to only taking 4,000 steps, was associated with a 51% lower risk of death from all causes.
So get moving by doing activities such as gardening, walking the dog or taking the stairs instead of the lift. Make sure that you know how much you’ve walked through wearables such as BUZUD’s New Generation Smart Lifestyle Watch T12, which is able to track your steps together with your heart rate, blood oxygen, blood pressure (etc.) so that you can hit your targets while ensuring that you do not strain your heart.
The key is to find ways to get motivated to be more active, and soon you’ll start to feel more energised and refreshed after exercising!
Make smarter food choices
As with exercise, diet is essential to healthy ageing and one should not confuse a healthy diet to one’s weight. Moreover, as we move towards each stage of life, our dietary requirements (and therefore, recommendations) also changes. It can be confusing with so many ‘experts’ out there giving various diet tips but the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans provide a good benchmark to then adjust to an Asian palette. Nonetheless, the general rule of eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats and lean protein still hold true.
To ensure that your diet is sustainable, try starting with small changes by adopting one or two healthier options such as eating more fish instead of chicken or pork, or increasing the portion of green leafy vegetables with each meal.
If you have medical conditions such as diabetes or gout, then remember to test your blood sugar and uric acid levels with devices such as our Safe AQ UG Blood Glucose and Uric Acid Monitoring System to ensure that any changes in your diet is still within your safe zones.
Getting a good night’s sleep
Even though older adults need the same seven to nine hours of sleep a day, most often don’t get enough. Doesn’t help that certain medications may also keep you awake. As a result of not getting enough quality sleep, you can be irritable, depressed, forgetful and more likely to have falls or other accidents. One study of about 8,000 people showed that those in their 50s and 60s who got six hours of sleep or less a night were at a higher risk of developing dementia later in life.
If you have trouble falling asleep, you may want to try out some tips on how to create a conducive environment in your bedroom here. Moreover, if you are wearing a smartwatch as mentioned earlier, you can also track whether your breathing throughout the night and therefore detect whether you have sleep apnea, as this can also affect your sleep quality and overall health.
Visit the doctor regularly
Going for regular health screenings is essential when one grows older as it helps doctors catch chronic diseases early and therefore help patients reduce risk factors for diseases, such as high blood pressure and cholesterol.
It is great if you have personal healthcare equipment such as Blood Pressure Monitor and the above mentioned products, which can enable you to track your own health and spot any significant changes so that you can immediately report it to your doctor. This is why BUZUD’s devices are made such that all data can be easily downloaded and sent to your doctor for them to analyse and diagnose.
Take care of mental health
We’ve talked about the physical but people often forget that mental health also plays a part in healthy ageing. Stress is a natural part of life but studies have shown that the stress hormone cortisol increases in a person’s body after middle-age, and this age-related increase in stress may rewire the brain that impacts memory, decision-making and mood.
As such, healthy ageing also means finding ways to lower stress and increase emotional stability. This can be done through meditation, exercise, music or spending more time with your family and friends as well as hobbies. Go out to perhaps an event, try a new restaurant, visit a museum or learn how to play a musical instrument!
Taking care of your physical and mental health is important for healthy ageing and personal healthcare products can support you – no matter what your current age and health status is.
With Grandparents’ Day happening this 26 November, why not give your favourite senior the gift of personal healthcare to help them age healthily!
All information presented herein serves as a general guideline, and is not intended as dispensing any medical advice(s). User(s) should consult their doctor to seek further clarification for any doubt. It is recommended to refer to this guide with sole discretion, thereby we shall not be held responsible for any part of the information as presented.
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