By Olawale Abdul-Fatah
The wife of the Ondo State Governor, Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, has advised the elderly in the State to eat balanced diet at all times and exercise occasionally in order to reduce diseases associated with aging.
Harping on good nutrition, the wife of the Governor appealed to the elders to reduce their intake of carbohydrates because it affects their health.
Anyanwu-Akeredolu, who gave the advice during this year’s Elders People Summit organised by Hope Alliance International held in Akure, on Monday, stressed that the elderly should often balance their food with lots of vegetables and fruits to achieve good health.
The First Lady who assured the elders of her support and love, lauded the organisers of the programme for thinking through to put together such an event to celebrate and encourage the elderly, appealed to all in the society to make the care of octogenarians a priority.
Earlier in his lecture, Prof Oluwole Omosuyi who spoke on Effective Sleep Tips To Older Adults, explained the importance of healthy sleeping habit to the general well being of elderly.
Expounding on the topic, Omosuyi stated that as one grows older, the hours of sleep at night reduces, he also advised on habits to imbibe to achieve good sleep such as not eating late at night, sleeping in a well conditioned room, avoiding mental stress among others.
Highlighting the benefits of good sleep, he maintained that good sleep is important to the elderly as it helps to improve their concentration, allow the body to repair damaged body system, help build the immune system among other benefits .
One of the founder of the association, Moses Adedipe, who spoke on the title “Why We Are Here” revealed that the passion for less privilege in the country started in America after discovering that many Nigerians needed assistance.
“We have diverse group of Africans partnering with us and the aim is to meet the basic needs of the poor, widow, orphan, homeless and the less privilege.To eradicate poverty in the society without depending on the government because government cannot provide every need of the citizens.That is why we are partnering with people, companies organisations who can build schools, hospitals, repair our roads so that we can team up to bring good life to our people.”
Adedipe described the organisation as Non Governmental Association (NGO) apolitical and non religious organization that only work with people who can assist to eradicate poverty and give good life to the masses.
The co-founder further appealed to Nigerians to be patriotic and stop maligning the image of the country as he added that Nigerians occupy most top positions in America hence, the need to promote our nation. Award was later presented to Akeredolu for her efforts at empowering women across the State.