Be a Happy and Healthy Senior 

 

Conducted by: John Ng, Social Worker 

                        Dorothy Low, Social Worker 

Conducted on: 21 March 2015

 

The main objective of the workshop was to provide a platform for senior citizens in Potong Pasir to learn and discuss the different ways to live a happy and healthy lifestyle.

 

The workshop was attended by 35 participants, between 70 to 85 years of age. Here are some of the takeaways from the participants:

 

- Happiness is attainable by keeping strong and trusting relationships and sharing joy with friends and loved ones.

- Exhibit a caring and serving spirit towards our neighbours, it will improve the quality of life and interaction among our community.

- It important to express gratitude toward kind-hearted people who have spent some of their precious moments with us.

- It is essential to be forgiving and optimistic towards any setbacks or challenges in life.

- Participate in learning activities and volunteer to share our gifts and talents to make new friends.

- Make a conscious decision to enjoy life through interaction and communication with people around us.

 

Staying healthy and happy is a lifelong goal which can be challenging for senior citizens. A nutritious diet, exercises, regular health checks and proper disease management all contribute towards a healthy lifestyle.

 

Senior citizens should have a balanced diet consisting of different varieties of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. In particular, consume only foods low in fat, cholesterol, salt and artificial sugar products such as saccharin and flavourings. Regular exercise will reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease or other age-prone illnesses. Habits that are harmful to one’s health, such as indulging in alcohol and smoking, should be avoided as both increase the risks of chronic diseases.

 

Medical researchers have determined that while many chronic diseases show no symptom in the earlier stages, some diseases can be cured if detected in time. Early treatment can also prevent or delay more medical complications. Hence, it is important to schedule regular physical examinations and health screening with a medical doctor.

 

Chronic disease management should also be embraced as part and parcel of a healthy lifestyle for senior citizens. Regular health checks and proper management of illness during our senior years are key components to healthy living. Heed advice and follow instructions earnestly from the doctors.

 

Furthermore, compliancy with prescribed medications give senior citizens a better control of chronic diseases. 

Maintaining a positive, cheerful and optimistic approach can also help the elderly to reduce anxiety and increases the body's immune system, thus improving the overall quality of life.