Anti aging guide

Health in Retirement



Living a healthy life during retirement by way of prevention and maintaining good habits

Health becomes increasingly vulnerable with increasing age. The combination of progressive degenerative changes, aging, and reduced resistance to infection, make a breakdown in health more likely. The best tactics to adopt in this battle remain prevention, early detection, early intervention, and active rehabilitation.

Prevention in the form of leading a healthy life-style is a lifelong need. Good habits should be started early and maintained throughout life. Even if your compliance to advice in earlier years has been poor, it is still worthwhile mending your ways in retirement. For example, it is beneficial to give up smoking at any age! Remember, the fitter you are the less likely you are to fall ill.

Early detection and early intervention are closely linked. They depend on having a healthy awareness of your body, noticing any persistent changes, deterioration, or abnormality in function or structure (for example, lumps). You also need to be able to feel free to approach your doctor when you are worried. An enduring relationship with a particular doctor or general practice is a valuable asset. It is essential that you find it easy to relate to your medical adviser and have confidence that your worries and problems will be taken seriously. If you feel a need to change your doctor in later life – and a relocation of your home may make this unavoidable – you should seek out a practitioner with a reputation for empathy with older patients. A doctor who possesses the Diploma in Geriatric Medicine is well qualified to help and advise you. By working for this extra examination he will have indicated his special interest and skills in the health problems of older people.

Active rehabilitation depends mainly on a positive and determined approach to overcome disability. The desire to return to a previously active and enjoyable life acts as a very powerful motivator. Any general fitness you acquire before the onset of illness and disability will help to ensure the best possible recovery. Time and energy invested in fitness and life satisfaction before an illness will pay dividends after a change in health status.

Posted by Carol Hudgens - March 26, 2012 at 4:31 pm