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Aging With Grace May Be Beyond What We Can Currently Imagine

 

Longevity Secrets: Aging With Grace May Be More Than We Can Imagine

With anti-aging skin cream, hand cream, and supplements high on demand these days, topics on Longevity give us much to ponder about our future quality of life.

Most of us would love to age with grace and dignity. Researcher are beginning to understand some of the causes of aging and aging with grace may be more than what we could once imagine.

The following article offers tips for elders with special needs or those who are recovering from an illness who are considering taking a holiday.

By Rajgopal Nidamboor

Travel Tips After Recovery

Well, there is no reason why senior citizens who have recovered from a major illness cannot have a welcome break, or a nice holiday. All one needs to do is a bit of planning — to make the vacation a very refreshing, rejuvenating experience.

There is nothing like a holiday, or vacation, to beat stress and/or a long “bored-to-the-bone” feeling. Think of a majestic get-away — or, just solitude. Or, a time to read a good book, listen to your favourite haunting melodies, or follow a much-loved hobby.

You could think of any kind of vacation, provided it brings you rest and relaxation, novel experiences and energy. It should not be a source of stress and tension. This is one important factor that people with heart conditions, not necessarily disease, should consider. These people could certainly have fun, but they need to plan their vacation. Also, they should avoid climates with elevated temperatures and too much direct sunlight. The two make a dangerous combination on an aging skin! There are several high quality, natural, anti-aging skin care products that will provide climate control.

If you have had a heart attack or bypass surgery, you need a minimum of six to eight weeks, before you plan a vacation. Also, you need your doctor’s okay on your condition. Your chances are brighter for a holiday, if you have gone through a cardiac rehabilitation program, and are doing physical exercises. However, seek your doctor’s advice on what you can do, or not do, during your vacation, especially if you fancy going on a hike, or climbing a hill!

You need to build patience. Train or flight delays, car breakdowns, bad weather etc., are stressful. So also prepare for cancellations, at the last minute. As for those with health affections, more so heart problems, they should make certain that there are competent medical personnel and facilities available at the destination. Carry your prescription and important health/medical reports with you — if your doctor knows someone in the same specialty in the town, or resort, so much the better. Have a note from your doctor in place. Also, include your insurance information and carry your pacemaker [if you have one implanted] emergency card that mentions the type of equipment and other details.

You have to build strength and also save your energy for having an enjoyable vacation. You should instruct the travel agent to arrange for a wheelchair, including special meals that take care of your dietary limitations.

Also, never ever discard heart-healthy eating habits — vacation is no excuse to invite risks!

Never forget to carry and take your medications and supplements at the appropriate time daily. Be sure and use luggage with wheels so that you have little to carry. Ask for a cart/trolley, if you need one — and, avoid lifting baggage without assistance.

Most importantly, use your common sense — and, make the best out of your vacation. Allow it to be a real period of rest and a refreshing experience — not a stressful consequence!

About Francesca Stregapede

After pursuing a degree in Psychology, I further explored the relationship between neurochemistry and behaviour in a Masters in Brain Imaging and Cognitive neuroscience. I write about various areas of Psychology as well as articles at the interface between Neuroscience and Nutrition as I believe that nutrition has a huge impact not only on our physical wellbeing but also on our psychological states.

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