STOP BEING HONORABLE AND STAND FOR BEING AN ASSHOLE ON PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
You think offering your seat to the elderly (AKA old folks) on public transportation is a considerate and honorable thing to do, but you are wrong, it’s killing them! Experts have found out why doing so is actually hurting their health as they get older. A Clinical adviser agrees, elderly people need to be encouraged to stand up more and discouraged from taking a seat in order to keep themselves in good fitness for a more independent life.
CLINICAL ADVISER AGREES
Sir Muir Gray, clinical adviser to Public Health England, has spoken out to say the elderly should try to walk for ten minutes a day and relatives should encourage to take the stairs instead of a lift or escalator. Even standing on public transportation helps with core muscles that are otherwise disengaged. “We need to be encouraging activity as we age not telling people to put their feet up,” he told UK’s The Sun. “Don’t get a stairlift for your ageing parents, put in a second banister. “And think twice before giving up your seat on the bus or train to an older person. Standing up is great exercise for them.”
ELDERLY SHOULD STAND ON PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION IS THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG
The clinical adviser believes that an effort to encourage older people to stay active and will help them live a longer and more independent life. Having them stand on public transportation is just one remedy. But the larger impact may lessen the need for social care, further experts argue in a report in The British Medical Journal.
EXERCISE CAN LEAD TO A LONGER, AND MORE INDEPENDENT LIFE AND SLOW AGEING
Scarlett McNally, an orthopedic surgeon claims that “exercise can reverse the decline and keep a person above the threshold for needing increased care.” Experts say the effects of ageing are often confused with loss of physical fitness, but it’s the loss of fitness that increases the ageing. This can lead to longer and a more independent life for the elderly.
In fact, evidence shows that middle aged and older people “can increase their fitness level to that of an average person a decade younger by regular exercise.”
What’s more, studies have also shown that keeping fit can improve cognitive ability and reduce the risk of dementia.