The elderly have been charged to pay more attention to the changes in health and lifestyle. Mr. Abdulsalam Shuaibu, a Physiotherapist at the Sports Medicine Department, Federal Ministry of Sports Development, gave the advice on Sunday in Abuja at a medical outreach organised for a senior citizens group by Axios Senior Citizens Foundation, a non-governmental organisation.
At the medical outreach, Shuiabu stated that paying attention to the changes in lifestyle would enable senior citizens to avoid illnesses that may set in at old age.
He said that one can prevent a lot of things including sicknesses at old age if much emphasis was paid to the changes in lifestyle, while calling on the elderly to start such practices from this moment on.
Shuaibu said, “The concept now is to pay emphasis mostly on lifestyle changes, normally when we are aging a lot of things come down in our body, you don’t stress the organ when you know that their workings are going down. You must know when to watch the do’s and don’ts required by the body.”
He stated that as elders, certain things will present themselves as problems and that things as simple as hydration, and taking of water might be of help to the elderly. “Taking water can prevent certain illnesses that disturb the elderly, so old age illnesses can be prevented if you do things right. My advice for the elders is to watch what they eat, watch how they grow, they should try and be active instead of sitting down alone in just one place” he added.
Shuaibu advised that they should try and do some basic exercises, watch their diet and rest when necessary.
Dr. Ohida Onimisi, a Family Physician, at Asokoro Hospital, advised the senior citizens to study their body systems, adding,” Disease management is beyond given medication.”
According to him, paying attention to lifestyle will help the elderly to prevent complications that follow disease conditions, adding, “Health education will help them to know much about lifestyle modification. We are happy to be here as usual, it is an annual event, before we had this exercise we had a meeting to have the assessment of what patients are going to come in with today and we were able to do that successfully.
“We have quite a lot of disease conditions, most of which are age-related illnesses, chronic conditions which we attended to all. We have over 200 cases that came in today, they all had free tests and were administered by various specialist doctors and the physiotherapists on ground.
“Those that needed to see the dentist were referred to the section, and those for the eye clinic were also referred to the place, we have a whole number of specialists that attend to these sets of elderly people.”
Earlier in an address of welcome, the founder of the foundation, Mrs Murjanatu Habibu, admonished the senior citizens not to be discouraged by their status of old age. She said that the foundation would continue to advocate the rights and well-being of senior citizens and move the vision across different communities by supporting them to live a fulfilling life.
Habibu said that the foundation aspired to create a future where every senior citizen can age actively, feel cherished, valued, and be part of the community.