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How And Why People Should Prepare For Old Age Problems - A Healthier Path And Best Methods To Turning Old

Updated on May 13, 2019
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Shazwellyn has studied at degree level 5 health, social welfare and psychology.

This article teaches best methods to turning old and looks at how and why people should prepare for old age problems by finding a healthier pathway into a time where we are all getting older.

Every moment of every day is a step nearer toward age problems. We fear that as people getting old, this could result in loneliness, pain, depression and suffering. The ‘living alone elderly’ have probably gone through most of their life with someone and when that partner passes, they feel they have lost half of themselves.

Getting old, therefore, isn’t funny among aged people and this hub is an attempt to highlight the importance of planning for a future positively - whilst you are still young enough to learn from the pit falls that older people have experienced.

My aim here is to help you get to an age with as much health and social welfare prevention as possible. This is to enable you to improve the quality of your life and live to a healthy old age.

From My Observations and Experience...

I volunteer for the Red Cross and the Ambulance Service. I support and drive vulnerable people to their appointments with my own car. I do not get paid for this, just a modest expense. Driving cancer patients to Oncology for the Radiotherapy treatment is the predominant activity with the Red Cross and I invariably take one person for a fixed time.

My role with the Ambulance service involves driving people to their appointments. This is on an ‘as and when required’ basis. Most of these patients are older and infirm who can’t negotiate buses or afford taxis. They often need escorting. It is the example of this client group that I want to focus on.

Wear and Tear Can Be Irrepairable - Be Healthy, Old and Happy!

These people suffer a lot of wear and tear on their bodies and, although the mind is just as good as when they were young, the body can lead to lots of frustration, suffering and dependency. Can you imagine what it must be like to be in a body that is broken but with a mind as good as it is today?

Well, if you can just take a moment to think about it, you might have some insight as to how many older people feel. Can you imagine what it must be like to be petrified of the next walking step… for fear of falling and breaking a hip? Then you might have some realisation how some older people live their lives. We, able people, take our health for granted. Many older people can’t.

The wisdom of the patients that I have driven has taught me not to take my health for granted. I no longer ‘push myself to the limit’ with exercise – the wear and tear can be irreparable when you are older. If you look after yourself whilst you are young and fit, then your body will last longer. This will lead to a better quality of life.

Among Aged People, How Many Do You Know Still Smoke Post 70?

Moderate exercise like walking and swimming is fine but, by pushing yourself to the limit, the damage to the knees, hips and spine can be debilitating. For example, you will find that the activity of jogging whilst young – kills the knees! The consistent road pounding of this activity is the cause.

Younger people who have allowed themselves to get consistently wet in the rain – they may not wear a coat, for example, end up with arthritis when they get old. Prepare for old age by wearing a coat. Look after yourself. Arthritis is not funny, it is crippling and debilitating, so heed the advice of our older people and keep yourself dry.

Eat healthily - plenty of fruit, vegetables and low fat meat. Avoid processed foods. Older people that suffer with digestive problems, cancers, strokes and heart problems have done so because they have spent a life-time eating fried, high fat, high sugared convenience foods. I have seen the affects in older people and most don’t live longer than their late 60’s, especially if they smoke! Scary eh?

Umm, smoking… thinking about the older people around the age of 70 + years, that I have taken, not one smoked. This really is a sure way of killing yourself and will guarantee that you don’t make old bones!

Plan for Aging and Longivity - Keep Independent For Longer! Have you considered a Living Will?

Now, I’m not saying that old age won’t get the better of you. What I am saying is that you can stack the odds in your favour to a more independent life for longer. No one wants to lose his or her independents and neither do we like to think of ourselves in terms of becoming old. However, we must plan for this. Prevention is better than cure.

None of us want health and social welfare agencies to step in because of crisis intervention. Other’s taking charge of our needs looses our right to choice.

I have come across lots of older people who have had decisions on their lives stripped from them. Health and Social Welfare agencies think they know best. Being older sometimes means that you don’t have a voice. You become disempowered.

This is why a living will is important, for example, because it is a clear guideline to our wishes when we can’t express those wishes ourselves. Click here for more information on a living will.

What is a living Will and How Can I Make One?

As you can see from the above link, there are more in depth details on living wills. This is a legal written document that states how you would like your care package to be implemented should you are no longer are capable of stating this for yourself.

For example, you might want legal representation, rentingi your home to help with care costs instead of selling your home or simply a glass of beer with your evening meal.

It is a positive way of expressing yourself and taking the responsibility away from the decision making process from your loved ones or next of kin.

I have made my living will and posted it online - so it is easily accessible! However, you can make a living will with the aid of a lawyer or by writing with one of these recommended packages.

The good thing about using these methods is that you know you can't go wrong and all angles are covered!

Live Longer, Live Better: Taking Care of Your Health After 50 (The Best Half of Life)

‘Live Longer, Live Better: Taking Care of Your Health After 50 (The Best Half of Life) (Paperback)’ is a very exciting read. Peter Gott, physician, writes a brilliant overall view of health. Aimed for people in the USA for any age, it is written with prevention in mind rather than cure in a simple layperson terminology. Some of the issues he covers are:

  • Hypertension,
  • Anxiety and depression,
  • Sex,
  • Diabetes,
  • Stroke,
  • Cholesterol,
  • Osteoporosis,
  • Memory loss,
  • Senility and dementia,
  • And much more

I have read this brilliant book and recommend it, but don’t take my word for it… see the many 5 star reviews it has achieved!

Women getting old, men getting old.. we all get old in the end!

From my experiences with older people, as the body becomes weaker, so does our ability to look after house, home, garden and ourselves.

It is important that we live in a place that is easy to maintain, peaceful and with systems set up before we become too feeble to organise it for ourselves.

This, again, is about maintaining independence for as long as possible.

I have come across older people that are too unwell to move from their home. They may be living in an area with limited amenities like shops, for example.

This situation then becomes a crisis and they ultimately lose their independence and, sometimes, their lives.

If they had prepared, they would be able to live more independently for longer.

I have learned from the mistakes of our older people. It is like having an old head on young shoulders.

Now I have written this, I hope you have learned too.

So, why should us younger people prepare for becoming old?

  • To best prepare and increase the chances of a quality of life for longer when we achieve old age. This can be achieved through moderate exercise and a healthy diet.
  • We don’t want our age to become a subject of crisis intervention for health and social welfare agencies to take charge. This could take away our independence and our right to choice.
  • We want to keep control over our lives as best we can for as long as we can.
  • We need to best express our needs in the form of guidelines when and if we can’t speak for ourselves.
  • Life is for living, with quality and with minimal suffering.

If you know of an older person and you want further information on best services on offer to help with keeping them independent, search Age UK. Here you will find lots of practical advice that can be used for all parts of the Western World.

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      8 years ago

      We accustomed to get on top of life but of late I've built up any level of resistance.

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Great Britain

      It is better to plan than deal with things as a crisis, Maralexa. Independent living is a gift when you are older because everyday things that younger people take for granted can be challenging.

      We are still the same people whether we are older or younger - it is only the packaging that changes!

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      Marilyn Alexander 

      8 years ago from Vancouver, Canada

      Absolutely great article about living life fully NOW and aging gracefully. I appreciate the reminder that as we age our body gets older but our brain seems to get younger, or at least it seems to remain young.

      Also,thanks for the great resources.

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Great Britain

      truckshop... thanks for your nice words, bless you.

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Great Britain

      Right on time... I thought it was grand dad! Anyway, he doesn't look too good on it, conformist or not. Thanks for your eloquent observations however :)

    • Truckstop Sally profile image

      Truckstop Sally 

      10 years ago

      Thanks for some great reminders. Kudos to you for your volunteer work with Red Cross and Ambulance services. You are an angel!

    • Right On Time profile image

      Right On Time 

      10 years ago from Australia

      The gran smoking the cigarette is a non-conformist and I like that...

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Great Britain

      Thank you denden - we hope that our brain's get wiser!

    • denden mangubat profile image

      denden mangubat 

      10 years ago from liloan, cebu, philippines

      only our physical gets old but our brain gets more wisdom

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Great Britain

      NCBler - Keep those joints working but not with wear and tear. Yes, you dont have to run yourself ragged to be fit and healthy! Glad it was a good reminder - good luck!

    • NCBIer profile image


      10 years ago

      I appreciate your taking time to look at aging from this perspective. For the last few years I have been trying to balance keeping fit with "slowing down" and your article is a timely warning not to overdo it. Thanks!

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Great Britain

      Thank you msms. If you check the title it is why people should prepare for old age PROBLEMS - a healthier path to turning old. It is not about age but the problems ASSOCIATED with age. It is about awareness and planning for problems associated with age. Keeping healthy and looking after yourself.

      You might have a fifty year old with arthritis, just as you might have a 90 year old with the same thing. The message here is look after yourself now and prepare for a time when one might not be able to have such an informed choice. Don't go through life blinded - prepare for old age problems as a prevention now, rather than a cure in the future.

      I hope I have made myself clear.

      Thank you for commenting.

    • msms profile image


      10 years ago

      Who is an old person? 80+ or 70+ or 60+ 0r 50+ But even people who are young 40+ start saying that they feel out dated .. compared to the new generation of their children ...So the life appears to be mostly in old age ... upto 18-20 you are just starting to be young and by 30 matured and start 40 you feel out dated ... is this the start of old ..??

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago from Great Britain

      @Online Scam... face reality but live life now!

      I met a lady at the Glastonbury festival a couple of years ago. She was 85 with a hip replacement but she was still rocking and rolling! I want to be like her!!!! I guess I have to look after myself very well. Thanks for taking the time to comment x

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago from Great Britain

      Miss Maudie.. I am actually actively looking out for 70 plus people who smoke... I have met 1 - I think he is 70 plus.. he certainly looks it!

      Its scary to think how easy it is to slip into the psychology of complacency... take nothing for granted - plan for the worst and hope for the best. Thanks for reading x

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago from Great Britain

      Thank you Green Lotus & resspenser.

      Now Mike, my dear friend! There is only one for it... keep young and beautiful! Easy eh? lol.. Its ok, there is a rich fountain of life for the learning and where we lose in gaining age, we gain in wisdom! Thanks for reading! x

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      online scam check 

      11 years ago from United Kingdom

      This hub tells us that life is about facing reality. Great!

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      11 years ago from Brittany, France

      I work now and then as a live in carer for elderly people and most of them never leave their home. Nobody I've stayed with has smoked. If we start to think about it now before we actually get there, we can, like you say, make a difference to the quality of life we will lead later on. Great hub.

    • Mike Lickteig profile image

      Mike Lickteig 

      11 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      My father is 90 and ten years older than my mother. He relies on her a great deal, and while she is a vigorous 80, she's still 80 years old. (Both did much better before the death of my brother to cancer, several years ago--it was very hard on them).

      I get a look at what a long life inside an infirm body can mean, and I've tried to stay fit without breaking down my body. The struggle to take care of ourselves never ends, but I can't help and think how lonely it must be for the elderly, who are dependent on others for most of their activities?

      Your suggestions are wise, as always. Thanks.


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      Ronnie Sowell 

      11 years ago from South Carolina

      I'd like to leave a long, involved comment but i have to run to Wal-greens. I am out of Geritol!

    • Green Lotus profile image


      11 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Thanks for this important and very wise information. You've included some great resources too!


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