DIP2017: Workshop 02 Design for the Elders: Understanding physical and mental health (Part 1) (TH/EN)

The Designing Impact Program 2017’s second peer review workshop was conducted in a lecture format giving participants a better understanding of the “users”, particularly in terms of physical and mental health. The knowledge gained will form a basis for the development of a product that can effect change.

In the session DIP2017: Workshop 02 Design for the Elderly: Understanding physical and mental health (Part 1) Asst. Prof. Chalerm Chaiwatcharaporn gave a lecture titled 100-Year-Old Elderly: How to live a fulfilling life.

Key Insight:

  • For older adults to live a happy fulfilling life, the right exercise and looking good while doing it is a key. Senior exercise has two purposes: to prevent illness and to heal existing conditions.
  • Exercise helps keep the body healthy in many ways. For example, the senses can help neurons grow, resulting in good memory. A healthy brain can be achieved by neurobics exercise.

Neurobics exercise keeps the brain healthy and alive by activating different parts of the brain with physical senses, enabling neurons to grow and make connections when new learning occurs, which makes the neurons stronger.

Body, Heart, and Mind: Proper exercise for a happy fulfilling life by Asst. Prof. Chalerm Chaiwatcharaporn, Past Dean of Faculty of Sports Science, Chulalongkorn University

Accumulated stress in daily life releases cortisol, which constricts blood vessels and elevates blood pressure. In the past, these conditions are common among older adults; but now they can also be found in the younger population. The side effects include absent mind, mistakes in familiar tasks, or even unable to recall your best friend’s name.

These symptoms can be treated with “exercise of the body, heart, and mind”. Food and nutrition should be calculated and monitored. Body Mass Index (BMI) should be calculated based on the body weight and kept at an appropriate level. Eating food that gives more energy than the body uses result in overweight, without regular exercise, this can lead to heart diseases and blocked arteries to the brain or the heart, resulting in paralysis, obesity, and even death

Looking at ASEAN statistics, the average life expectancy in Singapore is 83.1 years, followed by Brunei at 77 years, and Vietnam at 76 years, Malaysia comes fourth at 75 years and Thailand in the fifth place at 74.9 years (ranking 71st in the world). The Philippines ranks sixth with the average life expectancy of 68 years.

For older adults to live a happy fulfilling life, the right exercise and looking good while doing it is a key. Senior exercise then has two purposes: 1) to prevent illness and 2) to heal existing conditions. Everyone can start exercising despite having no health problems because it has other benefits such as boosting brain power – preventing Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, and extending lifespan by 5 years. Exercise helps you get stronger in many ways, including slower heart rate, more blood pumped to the brain making it more efficient, lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, lower risk of muscle injuries, enhancing muscle strength, especially large muscles used to perform functions such as sitting, standing, and walking, to respond effectively to accidents that may happen in daily life (for example, having the energy to grab handrails when falling), faster responding nervous system, and more neurons resulting in good memory. A healthy brain can be achieved by neurobics (neuro + aerobics), stimulating the nervous system to be responsive to stimuli and increasing hormones and sexual performance.

Rules for Proper and Safe Workout 

1) Intensity: calculated based on this formula: 220 – Age = maximum heart rate. The average heart rate is 72 beats per minute. Senior should exercise at 55 – 85% of the maximum heart rate

2) Frequency: 2 times per week

3) Duration: at least 15 minutes


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