|Who is a Senior Member?|
The increase in life expectancy in Indonesia means that there are more senior citizens than ever before. Senior citizens defined as adults who have reached the age of sixty or above, and are limited in their mobility and activity.
Due to their physical, social and financial limitation, seniors need extra special attention from their immediate families and caregivers to help them to feel secure and comfortable. It is also important that they are treated equally without any discrimination.
The task to look after and care for seniors is not easy. It requires knowledge, patience, dedication and competence to be able to provide the best care for our elderly family members.
How Seniors Can Live a Healthy Life?
To encourage our seniors to live healthy, which include the following tasks:
- To exercise regularly, such as: walking or jogging in the morning.
- To ensure you are eating well with a balanced nutrition, by eating a lot of vegetables and fruits that are rich in fiber.
- Try not to smoke.
- To avoid stress and try to take it easy. Don't push yourself too hard and don't be afraid to ask for help.
- To try to plan ahead (make a list of activities) and find time to indulge in your hobbies.
How to Keep a Healthy Mind?
Healthy mind is also important for seniors. The following are just a few steps to maintain a healthy mind for seniors:
As we reach the age of 40, our brain decreases in weight. By the time we reach the age of 90, our brain will weigh approximately 60% less than when we were 30 years old. It doesn't have to mean that the quality should decreases too. According to Dr. Sudir Purba PhD, a Neuroendocrinologist, we can keep our brain healthy as long as we keep exercising it. As the old saying goes, you either "USE IT or LOSE IT"
- Always have positive thinking and a good sense of humor.
- Do activities that you enjoy.
- Share your thoughts with someone close.
- Exercise regularly, eat well, and have enough rest and sleep. Don't smoke or drink alcohol for relaxation.
- Try to relax and avoid stress by meditating, yoga and massage on your neck and back which are just some of the many ways to release stress.
As we grow older, our stress hormone also increases. However, this can be balanced out with regular social activities. Therefore, someone who maximizes the use of their brain in their later age are more likely to have higher self-confidence.
What To Do?
The best way to optimize brain function in late age is by maintaining a healthy life.
- Examine your blood pressure and blood sugar level regularly. Hypertension and diabetes are closely related to the brain's memory and its ability to function normally.
- Try to consume food with high antioxidant to increase the well-being of your brain and decrease your risk of developing Alzheimer. Antioxidant are highly useful in avoiding the effect of oxidation and free radicals, and to protect your brain cells.
- Fight any stress or depression and try to relax. When you get depressed, the cortizol hormone increases that can affect your brain, decreasing its memory and cognitive function.
- Don't stay put - try to be active! If you are active, your cardiovascular function and immunity system will improve which will affect your body to maximize its function.
- Continue to discover new things. Learning new skills and information in a late age can increase your cognitive function. If you have always wanted to learn music or arts, don't wait anymore. It's never too late to learn anything.