Contributed by Dr. Santhosh Atmanand Revankar, Consultant Internal Medicine, Columbia Asia Referral Hospital Yeshwanthpur
How many times have you thought when you wake up that you need extra sleep rest, perks of having another holiday in a week, or have an extra person who can help you out for daily household chores. Well, for people above their 50’s these are the common thoughts that linger around their head. The sense of having someone to help them out is a relief for people in their late 50’s, it not only gives them a sense of security but also it assures that they have an extra pair of hands to reduce their mental and physical burden.
The one’s who were very active and fast few years ago, why do they have to depend on someone to do their things? Well the real answer for this is your age. Ageing is a process that keeps happening throughout your lifespan, this process neither can be stopped nor paused for a while. The immunity built when your young and the energy you used to have reduces when a person reaches to their late 50’s. Adding to this, a person’s quality of health reduces as they age. Health issues like arthritis, blood pressure, diabetes and other health issues are common among this age group.
Why is this so? There is a direct relation between human ageing and susceptibility of infections that they are prone to. Ageing is a progressive process which involves degeneration of tissues, which effects the structure of the vital organs, increasing the risk of health issues in a person. The immune system slows down putting older ones at a greater risk of catching infections and health related complications.
But there are ways to strengthen senior immunity system with few changes in the lifestyle choices and practices that can support a healthy body. Also, with so many different diseases breaking out daily, it’s very important to build a perfect immunity system which with stands new diseases in air. But why do people above 50’s have to go through this change in their life. Let us explore the choices seniors can make to develop their immunity system
As age keeps increasing think that your body is a single process, which works with multiple networks putting together. When one system is down, it effects the whole body. Take a pro-active approach to keep yourself happy and stress free. Take all the measures which is needed to boost or build a healthy you. This will always favour the person to fight against all kinds of flu and other emerging diseases. Contributed by Dr. Santhosh Atmanand Revankar, Consultant Internal Medicine, Columbia Asia Referral Hospital Yeshwanthpur