In India, the percentage of elders is constantly increasing. Let’s take a look at the statistics below that showcases how the percentage of elder men and women has been on a constant rise :
Naturally, with one-fifth of the Indian population above the age of 60 years till 2055, the propensity to fall ill or become hospitalized will increase tremendously.
One of the most critical ailments that elders suffer from are related to their kidneys and can be the source of tremendous pain and expenditure for them.
This article explores how we as family members can contribute in helping the elderly to take better care of themselves and their bodies:
● Ask them to have plenty of water:
This is the simplest. If you notice that the elderly person at your home has issues with constipation, just give him/her a glass of water every waking hour. This will keep him/her hydrated throughout the day. If you don’t have the time, you can always fall back on YouCare’s caregivers.
● Give them the right foods:
From green leafy vegetables to an onion, cabbage, garlic, broccoli and all kinds of fruits rich in fibre are excellent options. Make sure that your parents or the elderly person remain healthy both from inside and outside through meditation, Reiki or other alternative therapies for emotional and psychological well-being.
● Don’t give medicines without doctor’s consultation:
If you see any issues dealing in pain or inflammation, take your parents to the doctor first. Don’t ever give medicines without consultation. It will only harm them. Common medicines like paracetamol, brufen and zero dol contain salts which might upset the chemical balance in your parents` bodies leading to stroke, dizziness or hysteria.
● No smoking, no substances:
Our bodies get most affected by smoking or drinking regularly. If you want your parents to live a healthy life, you need to limit the consumption of all the substances.
Keeping the body moving is the mantra for a healthy life. You can help your parent/uncle/aunt start with a stroll around your block (you can also take YouCare’s elderly care help). And gradually increase to a mile jog to a few miles running every day. The idea is to keep their muscles active. Exercise helps the blood reach every vital organ and sweating helps you maintain the body pH level.
Take the elderly to the doctor every 3 months. A thorough checkup would help them deal with any kidney disease with ease.
With these simple yet effective techniques, not only can we be instrumental in assisting our elderly in living a healthy and peaceful life but can also ensure that we are prepared to live a long and healthy life ourselves in our old age.