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04 Nov 2019

Maintaining Health at Old Age

Medan Merdeka Selatan, Jakarta - Increasing age, surely the body undergoes various changes. The existence of these changes makes elderly people need to maintain their health so that they become healthy, independent, active, productive and quality. This was conveyed by Physiotherapist Sri Widayat Ismiyati, in Elderly Counseling with the theme of Maintaining Health at Old Age which was held by general collection service field of National Library on Monday (11/4).

It is said, aging is a natural process of the body and can be lived well if we understand the changes that occur in the body as well as steps to maintain the health of elderly. "At the time of the elderly, there are several physiological changes including vision, hearing, taste and smell, nervous system, respiratory system, and kidney system. In addition, the elderly is also encouraged to exercise, no need to be heavy, for example walking," she explained.

Other speaker, Dra Pudjiati, SKp, Mkes explained the care and prevention of diabetes for elderly. According to her, diabetes is a set of symptoms due to high blood sugar. Symptoms of diabetics include easy thirst, easy hunger, frequent tingling in the legs, weight loss for no apparent reason, fatigue and drowsiness.

"Diabetes is usually a hereditary disease. But it could also be due to unhealthy lifestyles, such as lack of exercise, obesity, and eating a lot, especially foods that contain uncontrolled sugar," she said.

Meanwhile, Ns. Omi Haryanti, S. Sos., Skep, MKM said the elderly as a period of biological degeneration accompanied by various sufferings such as several diseases. Elderly people usually have chronic disease tendencies.

"One of them is hypertension, which is a silent killer because it is a deadly disease without obvious symptoms. This disease becomes serious because its effects can be fatal, such as stroke, coronary heart disease, and kidney disorders," she said.

Omi reminded the elderly to exercise regularly, a low salt diet and also live a reasonable lifestyle. "Pay attention to food intake, and don't forget to exercise, at least walk," she said.

In this counselling event, followed by hundreds of elderly people consisting of various elderly communities in Jakarta area. After the event, the elderly people were invited to do elderly gymnastic and free health checks.

Reporter: Wara Merdekawati
Photographer: Ahmad Kemal Nasution/Basma Sartika



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