22nd September, 2022
By Adejoke Adeleye, Abeokuta
Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has shared the secret why he is still alive and and living a healthy life style.
Obasanjo said the word DREAMS is very important for people at the age of 60 years and above and must that they engage in good diets that are nutritious and balanced in addition to getting enough rest.
He gave the advice while hosting the Ogun and Oyo States Senior Citizens at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Abeokuta.
Obasanjo advised the senior citizens to embrace a lifestyle devoid of unhealthy habits and loneliness, saying anyone who has attained the age of 60 should Diet, Rest, Exercise, Medical Attention And Social Interaction, with the acronym (DREAMS), as those things that elderly people needed to practice to live their old age in good health.
Obasanjo, who lamented that the government in Nigeria did not have any adequate care programme for the aged and elderly, counselled the senior citizens to engage themselves in daily physical exercise; get a checkup every 6-months intervals, as well as socialise to kill boredom and loneliness.
“Once we get old, our culture requires that we take care of our grand-children whether they are in Nigeria or abroad but when things turn around it becomes problem hence for the Senior Citizen Club,” he said.
However, the former president also advised the elders to be spiritually minded.