FACTORS WHICH INFLUENCE AGEING

BY REBECCA SAICH

Factors of ageing

Exercise is this most important factor. Physical activity aids cardiovascular and respiratory functions, slows the loss of muscular strength, increase bone mass, aids digestion and bowel functions, promotes sound sleep, and prevents depression.

Nutrition can also influence ageing because drinking plenty of water. Experts suggest that eating a low fat diet with a minimum of 5 servings of fruits and vegetables and 2 to 4 servings of low - fat dairy products each day.

Factors of ageing

Avoidance of drinking excessive amounts of alcohol can reduce the risk of liver disease and certain cancers. Stress and anxiety reduction help to strengthen the immune system. Social interaction and support have been found to reduce stress, help cognitive functioning and prevent depression. Finally challenging the mind and learning new skills and regular mental activity promote healthy mental functioning.

Influences on ageing

Social relationships, older people who maintain social contact, whether it be with a partner, with friends, or through outside interests have fewer health problems.

Finances poverty is more common among older people because some older people do not have adequate health insurance and have difficulty paying for health care that is not covered, including drugs. Response to age-related changes older people may have difficulty coping with the many changes that occur with ageing, such as retirement, loss of loved ones, and development of disorders.

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