Health Benefits of Walking for Older Cameroonians

As we grow older, we are most likely to feel like it’s a time to relax, not to increase our physical activity. However, for a healthier life, walking is one exercise we cannot toss away. From short walks around the neighbourhood to 30 minutes walks, walking has been known to be one of the best exercises for seniors. Besides being a great mood booster, walking has some great health benefits:

 

Improves cardiovascular health and function

Walking increases your heart rate strengthens your heart and increases blood circulation through your body.
Walking has the potential to play a key role in the primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular diseases.

 

Improves blood pressure, control your blood sugar and reduces your risk of diabetes

Older adults are at a higher risk of experiencing health issues relating to high blood pressure, high levels of cholesterol and heart disease in general. Walking daily can improve circulation and blood sugar levels, leading to lower risks of diabetes, strokes and cardiac arrest.

 

Boosts your immune system

People who walk regularly are less likely to get sick than those who do not exercise at all, research indicates. As the body ages, the immune system can weaken, but walking is one of the ways in which one can maintain a healthy and effective immune system and better protection against day-to-day illnesses.

 

Helps reduce arthritis pain

Walking reduces arthritis pain by lubricating knee and hip joints and strengthing the muscles surrounding those joints, which reduces the strain on them.

 

Reduces the risk of many chronic diseases

In addition to lowering your risk of heart attack and stroke, walking and other moderate exercises also help protect against dementia, peripheral artery disease, obesity, depression, colon cancer, and even erectile dysfunction. It may even lower the risk of breast cancer and other cancers.

 

Improve mental health

Walking outside, and being in nature allows you to decompress, get in touch with your thoughts, to understand what’s important and to relax. Walking can also improve self-esteem, decrease negative thoughts and improve overall mental well-being.

 

Improve mobility and balance

Weight-bearing exercises, including walking, increases lubrication and delivery of nutrition to your joints.

 

The benefits of walking are endless, we highly recommend that seniors should be as active as possible for a healthier lifestyle and longer lifespan. Therefore put on your walking shoes today and get walking today!

 

World Senior Citizen’s Day in Cameroon

It’s another August 21st and we are celebrating World Senior Citizen’s Day.

Also known as National Senior Citizen’s Day in some countries, the day is observed to commemorate the contributions of elderly people in human society and honour them. The day is also celebrated to bring attention to various issues and challenges that affect the elderly, such as health issues, loneliness, neglect and abuse. World Senior Citizen’s Day dates back to August 19 1988, when the then president of the United States of America, Ronald Reagan, first announced it. In a proclamation named proclamation 5847, Reagan put forth the achievements and importance of older people in families, communities and the nation, and how improved healthcare facilities had helped the elderly to lead with their experience. Today, the day is celebrated all over the world. In Africa, Reverence for our elders is a core value across African societies and so this day is a reminder to appreciate the grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles who have guided, inspired and made sacrifices for their families and communities.

Celebrated this year under the theme, “Digital equity for all citizens”, the day is expected to create awareness of the technological connection between younger and old age, to emphasize equal digital opportunities for the marginalized older people, because many seniors are missing out on access to health care and social engagement facilitated by technology. In Cameroon, despite the fact that the ageing population represents 11% of the total population, seniors continue to be a vulnerable group. Their interests, concerns and preferences are overlooked or sometimes assumed.

Africa’s elderly population is expected to triple from 54 million today to 163 million by 2050 (as noted by the World Health Organisation). With this growing population, it is of utmost importance to have an efficient system to address the well-being of the elderly in society.

One amazing way to celebrate the seniors in our lives is by providing them with the most personal and round-the-clock care, tailored to meet every individual’s needs.

Klarah is happy to partake in attending to the needs of the elderly ones of our society. With our state-of-the-art medical technology, coupled with experienced and trained nurses, the elderly people under our care may just have been introduced to a great digital life while receiving unrivalled care at home.

So today, we celebrate all seniors, we are delighted to have you here and will always value your presence. We also celebrate all stakeholders involved in senior care, from doctors, families, nurses, caregivers, home health aides, and all the admin/staff who have made a difference!

To honour a senior citizen in your life, why not offer them a 1 year healthcare voucher? Click here to subscribe.

 

Some Openly Known Secretes About Regular Healthcare

1. When you or your parents have regular health checks, your medical bills are significantly reduced in the long run.

2. Regular health checks makes it possible for potential dangerous illnesses to be stopped in their paths before they become life threatening to you.

3. You build a solid medical history for you and your family which is not currently available.

We created @safety watchers to give our communities a fighting chance of getting better access to healthcare.

For the Africans living abroad, level with me here. You have seen the access to quality healthcare you have either through the #NHS or your private medical insurance program. Every now and again, you get the call from home of your ailing parents. You rush off to western union or other similar services to transfer £500 here or $1000 there. Your parent is rushed to the hospital. This happens year after year.

There is a better way to care for your parents. Put them on your monthly expenses. By affording monthly home healthcare,

1. You avoid the need of sending money in bulk for medical purposes.

2. You free yourself from guilt as you know your parents are well looked after

3. Your parents live a longer healthy life in comfort.

The list is endless.

If you would like to enlist your parent or loved one back home to our healthcare program, click on the link below to join our early adopters waiting list.

#homecare #healthcare #nursing #nursingasaservice

The use of Clinical Nurse Leaders in Africa

Borrowing from its implementation at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), the Clinical Nurse Leader
(CNL) is a transformational leader who uses more than one style of leadership to get their employees to perform at a level of excellence.

This is a concept I have been struggling to bring within our local context for some time now. When executed properly, the value a CNL brings to patient outcome is quite significant.

We now have the opportunity to bring this best practice within our services at Safety Watchers. Have a Master level or higher to ensure they manage a microsystem of patients and monitor outcomes for each of them enables us to give the best quality care one could hope for within our local context.

To be a CNL with our startup, there are a few qualities we look for:

1. Technology awareness: You must be comfortable with digital applications.

2. Diversity mindset: You must be able to work with different people from different backgrounds.

3. Reasoned decision making: You must not only be able to make decisions in difficult situations but be able to back them up with sound research.

4. Embrace what we stand for: Quality and Safety.

5. Be a team player and leader: Working in a community means that we have to be role models even in our private lives. You don’t want to be the talk of the town in Sunday meetings.

6. Cope in a dynamic environment: the work we do is never the same from patient to patient. Outcomes may vary. You must be collective enough to ride the wave of change.

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