“One of the great challenges of modern societies is to achieve an active and healthy aging of its population. This does not mean that older adults are free of diseases and conditions, but that they have them under control in such a way that they do not affect their well-being and autonomy”, explains Dr. Monty Calle, geriatrician of our clinic, who gives us valuable recommendations to be an active, independent and energetic older adult:
- Eat well. A varied and balanced diet is essential. Fruits and vegetables are the best allies. Foods with a high percentage of fat and sugar should be consumed in moderation.
- Take care of your body. Regular medical check-ups are important for optimal health maintenance, as well as for early detection of possible irregularities.
- Keep your mind active. Avoid stressful situations as much as possible or learn to control them. Have an optimistic attitude toward life.
- Avoid risks. Tobacco and alcohol abuse are not in your favor, reduce your consumption or eliminate it.
- Keep learning. Never lose your curiosity. Read books or magazines, participate in discussions, or even learn how to use the Internet or get started with social networks.
- Exercise. Moderate, consistent physical activity promotes long-term mobility. Daily walks are one of the best activities, always respecting the capacity of each person.
- Take care of the house and adapt it. Changing the bathtub for a shower tray or adapting the height of household appliances such as the washing machine can prevent muscle injuries.
- Socialize. Getting out of the house, interacting, getting information, meeting new things and people will expand your social circle. Visiting museums, going to the theater, or out to dinner will help you to have a positive attitude and other aspirations.
- Accept and enjoy your position in the family. If your children are grown up or you are retired, take advantage of it. You no longer have to take care of everything, enjoy this well-deserved rest and take advantage of it to do the things you always wanted to do.
- Accept aging and enjoy it. Not being young doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy yourself. Old age is one more step in life where experience and wisdom come to the surface, accept this new role and try to make the most of it.
Dr. Monty Calle
Geriatrician at Clínica Ricardo Palma