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How to avoid disability by living well

Updated on October 29, 2011

Back in the Christmas of 1990 I was a university student at the Australian National University Canberra. During the School holidays I had the fortune to get a 2 week assignment from the Student Union It was looking after a quadriplegic during the Christmas Break. What I found was that this quadriplegic who was born that way had an incredible spirit which poured out to all the people he met. This incredible spirit enabled him to get his many needs to met as he garnered incredible friendship and support.

One of the things that really makes ordinary people disabled, is bad health. Now it is one thing to be disabled by causes with which one has little or no involvement such as being crippled at birth or developing some terrible disease which attacks your nervous system such as multiple sclerosis. It is another thing to be disabled by poor lifestyle choices. Choices that we know we can fix. When you ask a person in their sixties what causes them the most grief about their health is the state of their feet or their teeth. So in order to reduce the onset of age related condition of both your teeth and your feet regular ongoing maintenance is essential.

.We should by now all know the importance of maintaining good health. Well you look at older people closely some things may stand out for you. One Are they bad on their feet can they walk upright ? So we should look after our ,our legs by walking wearing good fitting shoes (sounds pedestrian doesn't it ?)


One of the things that has been found in maintain emotional and mental health is with connections. Connections with the community in the form of friends or groups which provide a framework for living.


Moderate exercise is important to health at all stages of life. Regularly cardiovascular exercise such as walking, cycling or swimming. Weight baring exercise using light weights ensurers that muscle loss and brittle bones are minimised.


The importance of a good diet cannot be underestimated. The saying " you are what you eat" is one of the most accurate of all quotations. Choosing healthy foods enables the body to repair itself after all activities.

Having something to live for

Going along with the notionof connection.  It is important to keep making goals for good mental emotional and as a consequence physical health.


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      sarah 5 years ago

      i need to know how can we avoid disability

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      Barry Rutherford 7 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Indeed it does Ethel but what we can for ourselves can help alot

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Yes occasionally it is all about choices. However sometimes life throws little choice