Healthy Aging

What are three risks factors you have that will have a negative effect on your healthy aging?

Healthy aging according to certain survey is attaining the age of eighty five years without experiencing some of the diseases that are known to be chronic; this are heart diseases, stroke, cardiac arrest, any form of cancer or even diabetes. (Ferrini, 2008). Some of the risk factors, that I posses currently that can influence healthy aging are;

Alcohol consumption – consumption of excessive alcohol may be a threat since after some time leads to diseases such as liver cirrhosis which eats up the lungs and could also lead to high blood pressure. (Ferrini, 2008). To improve this I can reduce my alcohol intake or stop drinking generally.

Lack of Exercise – I don’t exercise regularly. This could be a problem because regular exercise makes the heart healthy and builds muscles and burns down excessive calories. To increase chances of healthy aging I could start going to the gym regularly.

Lack of a Matrimonial Spouse – According to a certain study done to the Japanese, those who had marital partners were seen to leave longer lives than those who were single divorced or widowed. (Ferrini, 2008).

Describe experiences about what older adults had to do to make the elderly hear and understand you?

Healthy Aging

My grand mother from my mother’s side is in an age care facility. She has lost her hearing partially and looses concentration very fast and her memory of the resent times is decreasing on a weekly basis. We go visit her once in a while and communication with her proves to be frustrating and a difficult task but with the correct verbal and non verbal communication strategies made effective by my parent effective communication is usually possible. When speaking to her patiently, with clarity and non verbal signs which are very important and often lead to effective communication. She has also been provided with a hearing aid which makes hearing more clear. My mother says that we should not be in a hurry, that we should not blame others, that we should give her time to speak, and do not overload the conversation, with hurting issues of the past.

Healthy Aging


Ferrini, & Ferrini (2008), Health in the Later Years (4th ed.), New York: McGraw-Hill.