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Keeping Fit Interview and Essay

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Aging
is inescapable and everyone has to go through the aging process.

I
interviewed my grandfather for this essay and having his interview was great. I
started by asking him questions about changes in his appearance of face and he
told me that fine lines and wrinkles on his hands and face appeared slowly
which began near age of 40. He feels that his skin has become drier over the
last few years. He said that he noticed his hair reduction near age of 52 and
that he already had white hair when he was in his 20’s because of hereditary
and now they have all turned grey.

Muscle
tissues and strength decreases with age along with decreasing levels of growth
hormones and that also reduces muscle mass and affects the body weight
directly. He told that his height has remained the same since he was 30 but his
weight has been decreasing gradually but with his exercises, it seems to him as
if he is gaining a little of his muscle mass again. He is mentally active and
the reason I believe is that because he works out, he is healthy so, the change
in mental functioning is minimal. He stated that he had no problem with his
sleeping patterns ever instead, now he feels more relaxed and even takes nap in
the afternoon. He suffers from hyperopia and stated that he regularly spends 20
minutes for eye exercise early morning. He experienced a knee replacement
surgery when he was 67 years old and after that he has been exercising more in
order to keep his joints and muscles working. He can lift pretty heavy things
but his strength is not as durable as it was way back. Sometimes when he does
not work out for some days and then performs some tasks then his body aches and
gets stiff very quickly. Although, by this age, bones become less dense because
of lack of calcium along with decrease in level of vitamin D but still his
other joints of the body are flexible and he said he has had no problem of
joints after that.

He
is 72 years old and he said that he feels younger than his age. He told me that
when I come across people of his age, he notices that they look much older than
him in terms of physical activity, mental alertness and the way they perform
things. He has been working out throughout his life since he was a teenager, he
used to go to the gym till the age of 56. Then he started to work out at home
and doing other physical activities like cycling, jogging, treadmill, lifting
dumbbells. But at this age, he goes for a walk and spends only 15 minutes
bicycling which is relatively less as compared to 1 hour when he was young. The
only disadvantage of doing more than this is that he feels he is done for rest
of his day and just want to lay back on his bed. Other than that, he also
attends yoga classes in order to restore his strength, flexibility, increase
balance and stability. According to him, he would definitely like to recommend
others about his routine of exercise so that they can remain fit, stronger,
flexible, active and sharp for an extended period of life. Along with that he
mentioned to have good and a balanced diet. His diet includes bread, rice,
pasta, eggs, cereal, boiled vegetables, fruits, nuts, yogurt, chicken and fish.

He told me that he drinks plenty of water and even starts his day with a glass
of lukewarm water and lemon as it helps ease his digestion and stimulates his
immune system. He does drink occasionally but has never smoked throughout his
life.

 At this age the cells of immune system work
slowly and vaccines are proved to be less protective in older people. He suffered
from pancreatic cancer so he takes care of his diet and keeps track of
nutrients that he takes in his food. His sodium level in body is high so he
restricts his sodium intake every day. He takes minimal sugar and fatty foods
as he does not want to get obese at this age. He stated that if he will eat
healthy and balanced diet then his body will be more active and will have less
risk of chronic diseases in future. By knowing his diet and exercise routine, I
personally believe that patterns are in compliance with the health promotion
guidelines.

According
to him, the best age in life is childhood and the first reason he gave was that
childhood is the only time when no one judges us on anything and there are no
responsibilities at all. Other reasons given by him were about money that in
childhood a child needs money for a new toy or candy, also we get to sleep as
much as we want and there are no worries about getting a job, family
responsibility or any other stress in that age period.

National
Council of Aging (ncoa), helps older people and their caregiver’s tools and
resources that help them stay independent and to enjoy their lives as they
want. They provide programs like Fall prevention, aging mastery program that
helps old people learn how to age well, hunger and nutrition program, chronic
disease management that helps them with management of diseases and also
provides blogs for healthy aging. Along with that it helps them find benefits
that pay for their food, medicine and other utilities, helps them in making
most out of their money and avoids scams, tells them ways to maximize their
medical benefits and also have special workshops for veterans. Another
association associated with health promotion programs for old is National
Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) which provides aging programs  in every place across the nation providing
services to more than 7 million older people every year. Some of the programs
that they deliver are Chronic disease self-management program, a matter of
balance, programs for diabetes self-management, and also Tai Chai moving for
better balance. They also provide health insurance assistance to older adults.

I
am glad that I interviewed my grandfather for this essay and learnt a lot of
new things regarding aging process and how to keep body fit. I realized that
doing exercise is not only for maintaining a good body shape but also has
lifelong benefits of weight control, disease prevention and it can also delay
aging process. I now believe that if we start having a balanced, nutritive diet
along with physical activity and make it a routine then it can improve our life
even when we are in old age.

https://www.ncoa.org/older-adults-caregivers/

https://www.n4a.org/aaastitlevi

http://www.merckmanuals.com/home/older-people%E2%80%99s-health-issues/the-aging-body/changes-in-the-body-with-aging

https://www.scribd.com/document/2001995/Health-and-Human-Services-compendium-2006

 

 

 

 

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