According to data published by the World Health Organization (WHO) on the International Day of the Elderly, currently, 700 million people are over 60, a figure that will rapidly increase to 2 billion by 2050, which will account for 20% of the world’s population.
The fact that human beings come to live at such advanced ages is, undoubtly, a success originated by the development of our health systems, the improvement of our diets and the increase of quality of life but also it is a challenge for our societies. Therefore, it is important to be aware of the need to plan our ageing, ensuring that we can live independently, safely and healthy.
Beyond having a pension plan to enable us to feel financially independent when we get old, we must take into acount our body and our mind in order to have an active ageing that allows us to remain independent at an advanced age.
There is not a magic formula for being young forever, but there are a series of habits that will help us to get older in a better way, such as a healthy diet, exercise at least three times a week, sleep well and maintain an active social life that will make us communicate and keep our intellectual capacities exercised. Without forgetting our health check-ups. All this will help us to reach an advanced age in better conditions.
Remaining independent at a certain age and with a reduction of some of our abilities, may involve the use of technology, which will allow us to live in our home safely without increasing our relatives’ workload. That is why, telecare services are a great tool because, beyond the typical alarm system, they usually provide us with a whole series of peripherals that keep us safe from all kinds of accidents at home, such as fires, domestic floods, gas leaks and so on.