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Things Older People Can Do to Stay Healthy and Avoid Common Health Problems It was International Older Persons Day last week and it is staggering to think about the number of older persons in the world now. Are you aware that in the next 50 years the number of older persons will actually quadruple from 600 million to 2 billion? Studies show that one in every ten people is now 60 years of age or older. That figure will change to one in every five people in the year 2050. The advancement of medicine and the change in having a healthier lifestyle is what makes people have a longer life and it is also a way to fight against the major illnesses and disease. But us we get older our bodies is not immune from ageing and we would need to take good care of our bodies. Maintaining a healthy diet is difficult when we age. Here are some of the reasons why older people find it difficult to maintain a healthy diet:
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When you have been part of a family over many years and then you are suddenly on your own, you lose your appetite in eating and the thought of preparing food can lose its value. Mental Health: Some old people could have a form of dementia which could let them forget to eat. Physical disability: Physical disability can often prevent an older person from getting to the grocery to buy some food. Medication: Medication can affect any persons appetite. Finances Many older persons may not have sufficient money to be able to eat a healthy diet. Common health issues for older persons: Malnutrition Poor diet is the main cause of this disease. Micro nutrient deficiencies This is common to the elderly because they eat less which means they have less vitamin intake. Obesity When we have more energy in our body than using the energy we could be overweight. As people get older they have less activities so this could cause obesity. Mouth and Teeth The changes to the mouth and teeth may cause difficulties in chewing, mouth dryness and taste. The fitting of the dentures, the sensitivity of the taste buds is lower and enlargement of tongue. Swallowing Difficulties This is common to older people who suffered from a stroke. Constipation Constipation is caused by having a poor diet. This can be helped by increasing fluid intake and eating food that are rich in fiber. Muscle and Bone Disorders As we get older we lose mobility and manual dexterity. If you would like to prevent muscle and bone disorders you could eat food that are rich in calcium or drink milk and exercise everyday.