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How can Aged Population have an Independent Living?

Updated on May 18, 2020
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I am a physiotherapist and healthcare has always been a major domain for me. I love sharing my knowledge to create awareness on healthcare.

Being independent is being self-reliant. Independence with respect to making decisions, finance and most importantly health. If we are independent with respect to health, that is when we have truly won! And importance of independence can be experienced the most by aged population because they are the ones who have to depend on people around them. Somewhere their ill health and lifestyle do not allow them to live life their own way. So I would like to narrate some great tips that older population can pursue for an independent physical and mental well-being.

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1) Relaxation techniques

If you are unable to relax yourself physically and mentally, how will you be able to be active? Relaxation is very important and one of the very first steps towards an independent living. Here are some ways for relaxation.

  • Inhaling deeply by nose and blowing the air out slowly by mouth is a breathing technique that helps reducing anxiety, stress issues and promotes relaxation.
  • Taking a warm water bath, putting up a hot water bag or towel on your back relaxes the muscles around that region.
  • Meditation and listening to mild music are also helpful in destressing the mind.

2) Simple mobility exercises

Exercising is another important steps for an independent lifestyle. Exercises and movement are the keys to the same. Exercises helps your body muscles to activate and prevents you from having any physical ailments.

  • Walking at your own pace in your compound or at home.
  • Easy leg and arm movements without stressing them much.
  • Mini squats and mini with support of wall at the back.
  • There are many geriatric clubs around that conduct exercise programmes for older population. Also online group exercise sessions work wonders.

Age is not a disability, but a natural process

3) Handling Memory issues

Dementia (loss of memory) is one of the most common problem in geriatrics. And it is one of the reasons as to why the older population have to depend others for their daily living. So here are few techniques you can use to compensate with your memory issues.

  • Write a diary of day to day things happening with you at the end of the day and try to recall each one of them while writing.
  • When you have to remember an activity, tie a knot on your handkerchief or window curtain where you sit by. When you look at the knot it will help you remember what did you tie it for.
  • Create an activity table.

4) Art and hobbies

Many elder ladies are fond of weaving, embroidery, cooking and much more. Such hobbies are helpful in keeping you busy and stress free and also gives more of an independent lifestyle. Reading, singing and many a times teaching kids helps you keep yourself self sufficient on terms of your mental health. Your hobbies can actually help you earn sitting at home and once you become aware of using internet technology, there are multiple ways you can earn online. This will also help you to be financially independent.

5) Laughter groups, senior citizens group

There are numerous geriatric groups which help you relieve stress and also pose a great companionship for you. Joining such groups specially for elder people gives sense of encouragement, relieves your daily stresses, helps you make friends with many people and most importantly improves your physical health. There are multiple benefits of such groups. Many of them do conduct online sessions where they target different aspects of mental health.

An independent living makes you feel confident about yourself and gives you a sense of self-sufficiency

I hope I could convey in my best way about how the issues of elderlies can be tackled. Never forget that one day you too are going to be in their shoes and you are going to age one day. It is important that we need to make them self-reliant so that they don’t have to depend on others for the rest of their lives. It will help them reduce their physical and mental health problems. You can devise your own ways on how to be independent when you age.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Natasha Tungare

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    • hmkrishna profile image

      Halemane Muralikrishna 

      10 months ago from South India

      The concern which you have shown to the age old people is really a thing which everyone should learn with social commitment. According to me probably the disability technology tools and software will be helpful for the age old people also to have a sustainable living. In order to make it effective some of the socially committed youth have to spend some time with the elderly people. One thing is sure that your article has thrown some insight for the future policy makers to think about, Ms Natasha.

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      MG Singh emge 

      10 months ago from Singapore

      Nice article, in my view an aged population can have an independent living only in a welfare state like Canada, certainly not India which cannot even give elementary facilities of sustenance to aged people who end up being dependent on their children. The culprit here is the population which was 330 million in 1947 and has now burgeoned to 1.3 billion.

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      POONAM MALIK 

      11 months ago from Faridabad

      Being an elderly myself, it it heart-warming to receive attention from the younger generation. That is the oil that oils our worn-out tattered wheels and paves the way for an easy exit. All people reading this article should ensure their elders are practicing what you say. Keep sharing such useful ideas.

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      Prantika Samanta 

      11 months ago from Kolkata, India

      Thank you for sharing an excellent article. I strongly believe in self-reliance and your tips will help me stay mentally and physically healthy when I grow old.

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      Swati Khandelwal 

      11 months ago from Nainital

      Hi Natasha, your article reminds me of how much pain it is to be an elderly person. My mother is also 65 years old and living independently alone. I will surely mail this to my mom so that she might be benefitted. Thank you for a wonderfully written article.

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      Natasha Tungare 

      11 months ago from India

      Thank you so much @Liz Westwood!! You are one of those who consistently read my writeups! Thanks a ton for such a wonderful support! Glad to connect with you

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      Liz Westwood 

      11 months ago from UK

      You make some interesting points. I shall file these tips away for a few years time.

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