Getting older involves both positive and negative changes, but people can enjoy their aging if they understand what is going on with their body and take necessary steps to maintain health. Thus, the term healthy aging consists with development and maintenance of optimum mental, social and physical health or well being in older adults. It can be achieved while communities are safe, promote health and well-being, and use health services and community programs to prevent or minimize disease. The report is based upon what is happen with body according to the age. Furthermore, it is important to manage physical health as its a key of healthy aging.
CRC 1 – Consider the patient situation
In this scenario, an elderly patient whose name is Mr. X is suffering from diabetes and is unable to perform his daily activities in normal manner. He was found out to have depression after the death of his wife and was really upset with his life. His children were settled in abroad and were not able to contact them. He felt alone as there was nobody around him to whom he can talk. Due to diabetes and depression, he become very ill and feel hopeless. It kind of diseases make him weak physically and mentally because there is no one with whom he can share his feelings or things. Sometimes, Mr. X gets irritates due to environment in which he live because there is high noise pollution and no fresh air. Along with this, the person also feel uncomfortable to express his views among other and always keep silent. Mr. x was emotionally attached with his wife but now no one is there who can hear him. It results, high diabetes is increase day by day. All these aspects has a great hindrance on lifestyle of the person.
CRC 2 – Collect cues and information
By conducting this interview session, it is analysed that aging people cannot live their lifestyle properly. In evidence of Mr. X, the person is in dilemma and cannot recover from this situation. Although, the person has enough knowledge of healthy aging but he cannot live because there is lack of fresh air and other difficulties. The main symptoms of diabetes include - increased urine output, excessive thirst, weight loss, fatigue, skin problems, low healing wounds, yeast infections and tingling or numbness in the feet or toes. Therefore, blood glucose monitor is an excellent tool for managing diabetes (Garcia-Garcia and et. al., 2011). Although to control diabetes it is required to record blood glucose levels comes highly recommended. People also need to ensure they look after their feet properly as high levels of blood glucose can cause foot problems. This can stop nerves working so people might not feel when they have cut their feet or burned themselves.
The main symptoms of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes are:
- Urinating more often than usual, particularly at night - Excessive urination can be triggered by excess glucose in the blood which interferes with the kidney’s ability to concentrate urine (Rodrigue and et. al., 2012).
- Feeling thirsty - Kidneys have to work harder in people with type 2 diabetes. Puldisia is the term given to excessive thirst.
Precautions of diabetes: -
- Refined sugar - Sometimes even the natural form like honey can cause a sudden spike in the blood sugar levels. So, it's better to avoid refined sugar by all means if you are a diabetic (Mevel and et. al., 2011).
- Whole grains - Grains that have gluten in them should be avoided. Gluten is associated with diabetes as its intake can cause leaky gut leading to inflammation which in turn can lead to auto immune diseases.
- Alcohol - Diabetes is linked with consumption of heavy alcohol which is two to three glasses a day. Beer should especially be avoided as it has a lot of carbohydrates.
- Cow's milk - Just like whole grains, cow milk can trigger the immune system which can lead to inflammation. Conventional cow milk can be dangerous for you if you are suffering from diabetes (Stark and et. al., 2013).
- GMO foods - GMO foods have the capability to promote diabetes along with causing liver and kidney diseases. Go for products which are labelled as GMO-free.
CRC 3 – Process information
After assessing getting information about the diabetes there is required to put this information into human body. Although, by recording your levels you can start to build up a history of results and draw conclusions from results. As a aging person, sugar level of Mr. X get high or low at any time, in this manner the person should follow healthy blood glucose (or blood sugar) control includes steps like following a balanced meal plan, engaging in an active lifestyle with sufficient physical activity, and taking blood glucose-lowering medications as they need them over the years (Ejiogu and et. al., 2011). Mr. X can also intake other medications to control blood pressure and lipids (cholesterol). Furthermore, consider some additional lifestyle tips that can also help control blood sugar and improve overall health.
CRC 4 – Reflect on process and new learning
All these information or prescription is adopted by Mr. X so as to make his life better as the person has decide to overcome with the situation of high diabetes and depression. After this acquisition, the behaviour of Mr. X get totally changed, now the person lives happy life and meet others and express his views to them. In addition, he also join yoga and meditation classes so as to reduce stress and it develop positive thoughts in person's mind which helps him to overcome with all kind of dilemma (Bacsu and et. al., 2012).
From the above mentioned report it get concluded that healthy aging plays a vital role in individual's life. People can stay physically active with regular exercise; they should eat healthy, well balanced diet as dump the junk food in favour of fibre rich, proteins etc. that are beneficial for human body. Along with this, it is essential for individuals to maintain their health and well being so as to live healthy in old age. In this age, people get attached with various diseases or stress problems which can affect their health in adverse manner and reduce their life processes.
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