The secret of ageing
The UN tell us some facts about how our elderly populations are growing in number:
Over the next three decades, the number of older persons worldwide is projected to more than double, reaching more than 1.5 billion persons in 2050，and 80% of them will be living in low- and middle-income countries.
How can we age healthily?
Although we can’t prevent all illness, there are things we can do to better protect our wellbeing in the future.
Age UK and the NHS have an online practical guide to healthy ageing that lists various tips, including:
- Taking care of our feet, eyes and mouths
- Making our homes safer
- Practising small amounts of exercise regularly
- Having medication reviewed and getting vaccinations
The benefits of getting older
We all too often hear about the downsides of being an OAP but there is much to be said for the up sides!
According to BBC Women’s Hour getting older can mean you are more able to live in the moment, you have more confidence to say it like it is, you can learn new things from younger people and you have built long-lasting quality friendships.
To that, I would add having more time to pursue hobbies and spend time with loved ones, the wisdom of lived experience and the joy of a free bus pass
This UN video speaks with older people to ask them about their experiences and thoughts about ageing and the benefits its brought.
Over to you:
- What have you enjoyed about getting older?
- How do you think you have changed as a person over time?
- What tips do you have for keeping well?
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