Health tips for elderly during Covid-19

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15th April, 2020 02:11:30 printer

Health tips for elderly during Covid-19

Older generations face a potentially life-threatening risk if infected with the novel coronavirus. People over 60, and especially over 80, are particularly vulnerable to the life threatening virus especially, the ones who suffer from co-morbidities like diabetes, hypertension, chronic kidney disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases.

Tips to survive the Joint & Back Pains

Brisk walking, Stretching, Yoga are essential exercises to keep the muscles intact and in the correct position. Yoga has been practiced for ages and is the best recommended form of exercise for stretching and muscle building at the same time.

One should include a diet rich in Vitamin D, Vitamin C . Eggs Yolks, Mushrooms, Fortified Milk are rich sources of Vitamin D. Broccoli, cauliflower, Green and red peppers, Spinach, cabbage, turnip greens, and other leafy greens are rich in Vitamin C and should be taken in adequate amounts. The daily diet should comprise a portion of green leafy vegetables, fruits, Salads and a good amount of water.

Mental Health Tips

• Avoid information that causes you anxiety or distress. Do not listen to rumours or disinformation.

• Keep regular routines and schedules as much as possible and maintain regular contact with loved ones.

• Older adults, especially in isolation and those with cognitive decline/dementia may become more anxious, angry, stressed, agitated and withdrawn during the outbreak or while in quarantine. Providing practical and emotional support is required.

Other Precautionary Tips

DO’s

• Ensure proper nutrition through home-cooked meals, hydrate frequently and take fresh juices to boost immunity.

• Exercise and meditate regularly

• Do not miss your daily prescribed medicines dosage

• Keep yourself involved through reading, gardening etc.

DON’TS

• Don’t go near affected/ sick people.

• Don’t self-medicate.

• Do not go to hospital for routine check-up or follow up. As far as possible make tele-consultation with your healthcare provider.

• Don’t go to crowded places like parks, markets and religious places.

 


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