As we men approach the ‘silver’ or even the
‘golden’ years of 50s, 60s, 70s and beyond, it’s a great opportunity for us to
take stock of our wellbeing and start living life at our own pace again. With
the stresses of home and family life hopefully beginning to ease somewhat, now is
a great time to shake off any bad lifestyle habits you may have picked up along
the way and to ensure that you can continue living happily, healthily and
independently for many years to come.
By taking control of our health as we get on in years, we can keep at bay some of the illnesses and conditions that become more common in our 50s, 60s and 70s. It is so important to stay active, eat a healthy and balanced diet, keep our drinking under control and stay in regular contact with our GP. Taking these simple and positive steps will reduce our risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, arthritis and more.
Positive steps for taking care of our health
- Only thirty minutes of moderate physical activity per day, for 5 days of the week can help to keep our bodies trim, fit and healthy. A brisk walk, a swim or a bicycle ride are all simple ways to do this. It’s never too late to start, and it’s fine to work at your own pace. It’s not a competition.
- We should stay sharp and alert by challenging our brains; learning new things, reading books, taking up new hobbies, or just doing crossword or sudoku puzzles, and staying in touch with people whose company we enjoy. Banter is brilliant!
- We all need to stay connected with friends and family members. We must not allow ourselves to become isolated. Many older men find men’s sheds the ideal place to make new friends, pass on skills and fill their days with laughter and good company.
- We all need to schedule regular appointments with our GP. This will allow us to have certainty regarding our health, as well as to review any conditions we may have developed and any medications and vaccinations we might require.
- Many of us enjoy a drink or two, and the camaraderie and the craic in the pub is almost part of our heritage it seems, but it’s important that if we drink, that we do so moderately, and allow three alcohol-free days every week.
- The importance of sleep cannot be over emphasised. It is vitally important that we all get enough sleep. Sleeping patterns can often change as we get older, but good sleep is vital for good health, and that’s not just for us older guys, that’s for everyone.
Don’t forget, our local pharmacists are also healthcare professionals, and in many cases can assist us very quickly with many of our health concerns. They can offer information about treatments, explanations on medications as well as a range of services such as flu vaccinations etc.
Our Men’s Shed group meets weekly at 11.30 on Friday mornings in the Edmond Rice Centre, and we welcome new members.
If you would like more information you can contact us by email at:[email protected]
or have a look at our website: www.midletonmensshed.com
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