An eminent psychologist has stressed the need for making changes in lifestyle to combat stress in old age, as the elderly population is expected to increase four-fold in the next four decades.
"Growing older cannot be prevented... however, some of the effects of aging like stress can be slowed down and even prevented by various activities, including life-style based changes," G.P. Thakur, president of Indian School Psychology Association, said at the 100th Indian Science Congress here Friday.
According to Thakur, life-style based changes like creating personal space, making time for rest and relaxation, getting enough sleep and anger management are some of the changes the senior citizens need to make to beat stress.
"Enhancing self-esteem is an important step in old age as it builds an optimistic attitude, keeps one motivated and opens up new opportunities and challenges," said Thakur, who is also the chairman of Manjushree Mental Health Care and Cure Society, Delhi.
According to the expert, the goal should be to maintain function, vitality and quality of life in old age.