The Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, has educated aged Nigerians on secrets that keep him fit and makes him have a befitting older age. Obasanjo explained older people who desire to live long should prioritize communal society and shun a life of isolation.
Obasanjo disclosed at Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library in Abeokuta when he received the senior citizens under the aegis of Toyin Anini Varieties Centres of University College Hospital, Ibadan on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, that communal society has been one of the secrets to his fitness and has also given him a befitting older age
Obasanjo advised aged people to adopt the habit of a balanced diet, have a good rest with regular exercise, continuous medical checks, and social interaction.
He said: “We haven’t been taken proper care of our aged and there are reasons for that, our culture and tradition is that we should be with our children and take care of our grandchildren but where are our children today, they have all traveled abroad. When things changed we have to change with it, once our age is getting older they should have Social Clubs that they can relate with.
“There are five important things to have a good life as an aged person, which the acronym is (DREMS) Diet, Rest, Exercise, medical checkups, and Social Interaction.”
He added that it is necessary to have special and proper treatment for aged people. Speaking at the event, the President of the elders club of Toyin Anini Varieties Center UCH Ibadan, Dr. Kunmi Idowu, decried the lack of proper attention for the aged people by politicians.
He also emphasized the importance of having special and proper treatment for aged people, while taking a swipe at politicians over their self-centered beliefs which he pointed out had prevented them from taking care of aged people in the country.