Madrid, May 8, 2023.
The European Institute of Health and Social Welfare, chaired by Dr. Manuel de la Peña, turns the presentation of the book 'Active old age', held on May 4, into an alliance of feelings to help older people create their project vital, to reinvent themselves to live actively and with the highest quality of life
Ignacio Buqueras y Bach, businessman and academic, has coordinated this admirable book, getting a cast of 18 renowned personalities to write a chapter and 24 priests to provide their testimonies on the essential aspects for an active old age. Buqueras stressed that "in Spain there are more Out of three million people over the age of 80, retirement opens a life expectancy of thirty or forty years. The risk of loneliness must be avoided, adopting routines, healthy styles and actively participating in recreational activities". Dr. Manuel de la Peña , academic and professor of cardiology, reflected on the importance of a healthy diet with organic products and the practice of daily physical exercise. In addition, he recommended dance schools as a place for socialization and physical and mental maintenance. De la Peña stressed that many older people are mistakenly labeled with Alzheimer's, when in fact they have poor circulation problems due to micro-infarcts, which can be avoided by controlling high blood pressure and high cholesterol. "It is very useful to follow this book to the letter, using it as a true tutorial, since wise advice is reflected," he points out. In the prologue, two eminent psychiatrists, such as Dr. Enrique Rojas and Dr. They affirm that happiness consists of having health and a bad memory. Being able to forget the negative things of the past is mental health. "You get old when you trade your illusions for your memories. You have to live with projects, something to fight for and something to aspire to." José Manuel Canales, professor of Political Science, considers that a "key aspect is the government of emotions" and Ángel Lafuente, president of the Instituto de Técnicas Verbales highlights "the importance of recovering dialogue. Dialogue demands courage and involves exchanging ideas with an aptitude open to the discovery of a more outlined truth". Renowned jurist Antonio Garrigues Walker considers of singular relevance "the right not to be deceived and the importance of the truth, given the increase in the society of the empire of lies". Garrigues stresses that "older people should not stop doing things, especially intellectual things, that make them think and keep the brain active." In the urban area, the architect Carlos Lamela points out that "the recipe will always be the same: security and comfort, and transmit tranquility and calm to the elderly". Father Ángel, founder of Messengers of Peace, is in favor of "keeping unwanted loneliness at bay" and for this he launched the initiative "The golden telephone ", to take care of the emotional health of people at risk of loneliness, and the results are frankly satisfactory. Likewise, Gregorio Marañón, president of the Teatro Real, considers that "the sense of social solidarity should always prevail", which he practices. And, on the other hand, for Ambassador Raimundo Bassols "active old age is not a sacrifice, it is a free vocation". , since the values that we leave to future generations will be the benchmarks for reshaping the future every day". Rafael Anson, founder of the Royal Academy of Gastronomy, points out that the key to successfully overcoming 80 years is "not to lose illusion", is to continue having "dreams, illusions and projects" and "not looking to the past, but to the future, trying to project oneself in new activities, walking eight thousand steps a day and of course eating well". And, for this reason, the kitchen and the cooks are important. Laura Rojas-Marcos, a doctor in clinical psychology, points out that "people who have learned to take care of their health are happier, suffering fewer illnesses and having a better quality of life. Those who take care of their diet, carry out physical exercise, maintain good oral health, avoid substance abuse and consume medications correctly, live longer and better." People who focus on their present show a higher level of health and well-being than those who focus on the past. In short, it is a book that collects wise stories to keep us active and has the support of the Institute European Health and Social Welfare, an institution that is leading a current of opinion on longevity.
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