Healthy Living in Old Age

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Some of the most important things that matter in life only idealizeduring late adulthood. The writer is right by providing thatfriendship, social networks, and physical activities are imperativeto one`s mental, emotional and physical health. However, people donot appreciate them until during their later years (Baruth et al.,2011). In their early years if life, people are busy in theiroccupations, and they have little time for developing socialnetworks, engaging in physical activities or spending quality timeswith friends.

However, when people retire, they find out that they a lot of freetime. The effects of unfulfilled behavioral activities start showingafter retirement. The increased number of elderly people increasesthe burden of taking care of their health. Individuals who did nottake time to create social networks or engage in physical activitiessuffer from complications that are not intense with those who tooktheir health and friendships seriously. Strong social networkssupport individuals’ mental health and improve the quality of life.Persons who embrace physical activities do not find it difficult tocontinue with the behavior after retirement (Rezende et al., 2014).They may significantly reduce the government’s burden to cater fortheir health.

Some of the behaviors that people do no develop in their early yearsbecome difficult to acquire after retirement. Most of the elderlypeople who participate in physical activities only do as arecommendation from their doctors and not out of free will (Rezendeet al., 2014). It is also very difficult for individuals to developquality social networks in old age. It is unfortunate that suchmotives develop out of necessity and after recommendation rather thanout of the realization of their positive effects in life. With theincreasing number of elderly people, people should embrace healthsupporting behavior during their early years of life.


Baruth, M.,Wilcox, S., Wegley, S., Buchner, D. M., Ory, M. G., Phillips, A., &ampBazzarre, T. L. (2011). Changes in physical functioning in the activeliving every day program of the active for life initiative.International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 18(3), 199-208.

Rezende, L. F. M.D., Rey-López, J. P., Matsudo, V. K. R., &amp Luiz, O. D. C.(2014). Sedentary behavior and health outcomes among older adults: Asystematic review. BMC Public Health, 14, 333.

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