10 ways to care for the elderly to be healthy

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21 May 2024

10 ways to care for the elderly to be healthy

      With the declining birth rate of the world's population, the number of elderly people and those approaching old age is increasing. This is due to advancements in medical care and efficient healthcare. Thailand itself is undergoing a transition into a full-fledged elderly society. Taking care of the elderly has become a concern for many. Today, we have 10 ways to take care of the elderly for good health.

  • Choose appropriate and balanced diet : Since there are fewer activities that require energy each day, the elderly have reduced energy needs. Therefore, it is essential to reduce consumption of carbohydrates, sugars, and fats, including fried foods.
  • Try to control weight gain in the elderly : It is well known that obesity adversely affects health in all ages and genders, especially in the elderly. Therefore, it's important to control diet and exercise appropriately to help the elderly move agilely and reduce the risk of falls.



  • Encourage moderate exercise for the elderly : Elderly people need regular and moderate exercise. If they are not accustomed to exercising, caregivers should gradually introduce them to it, avoiding excessive intensity. If there are underlying health conditions, always consult a doctor first.
  • Provide a good environment and fresh air : Elderly people should live in a conducive environment with fresh air to help with mental health issues. Since most elderly people spend most of their time at home, the living environment should be free from unpleasant odors or hazards, with indoor plants and clean surroundings.



  • Engage the elderly in creative activities : Encourage elderly people to engage in activities or socialize with peers and relatives to combat loneliness and depression. Organize gatherings at home or take them out to visit friends.
  • Prevent accidents : Accidents and falls are common among the elderly due to mobility issues and declining eyesight. Therefore, it's crucial to ensure that their living environment is safe and minimize the risk of slips or falls.



  • Avoid inappropriate medication : Caregivers should control the elderly's medication intake as some may misunderstand or take excessive doses, leading to complications. 
  • Monitor for abnormal body symptoms : Since the elderly are prone to illness due to aging, it's essential to check for any abnormal symptoms regularly to prevent health issues from escalating.



  • Involve the elderly in decision-making : As they age, the elderly may feel marginalized and undervalued. It's important to involve them in decision-making to maintain their dignity and prevent feelings of neglect or depression.
  • Yearly health check-ups : Regular health check-ups are recommended to reduce the risk of diseases and detect illnesses early on, such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and cancer.


      Even though the elderly may have been strong individuals, as their bodies age, they require careful and compassionate care for overall physical and mental health. Regular doctor appointments and annual health check-ups are essential. Elderly care is all about love and understanding. If we can care for the elderly with love and understanding, it becomes easier, and they can live happily with us for a long time.


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