“KNOW YOUR NUMBERS”
….Celebrating World Hypertension Day 2018
By Dr. Uche Enumah @ NNPC/DPR RETIRED STAFF ASSOCIATION, LAGOS BRANCH.
Health is the ever-changing process of achieving
individual potential in the physical, emotional, social, mental, spiritual, and environmental dimensions.
World health organization (who) definition of health – the state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease…WHO 1950
Wellness is the achievement of the highest level of health possible in each dimension of health
WORLD HYPERTENSION DAY (WHD)
Step/process towards blood pressure management plan
Obtain a high-quality home blood pressure monitor.
Check blood pressure twice a day, every day of the week.
Make an up-to-date list of all current medications.
List the lifestyle approaches to lowering BP that you are following (or interested in).
DIET AND EATING
There are three main abnormalities:
Make an appointment to discuss blood pressure management with your usual doctor
Plan to follow-up on any changes to the plan
KNOW YOUR (LIFE) NUMBERS
Do you know your numbers? Prevention is better that cure.
Analyzing Business ideas and openings for Retired Staff of NNPC/DPR
By virtue of being a retired staff of NNPC/DPR you are a senior citizen and a bundle of talent. Then you should start considering ways to make additional income and avoid being idle. Public speaking in form of public lecture presentation or training is a lucrative ground to consider, your deeper knowledge in the industry allows you to share your ideas and knowledge with the younger generation, while doing this you are engaged and possibly getting paid in return. You can also consider sharing tips in form of public writings or book writing. Here you can share life journey, experiences and things you have learnt over the long period of your working career, your writing can also include advice to young ones on leadership, parenting tips, choosing a career path etc. Another alternative is to become a freelance writer, you could make money from writing web content, copywriting or guest blogging. Also related to this is to set up a school or become a part-time or full-time teacher depending on how much time you have got to spare. You could even start an after-school tutoring business for school children, you might also engage some few hands.
In a fast growing economy like ours, experience is usually very important. Retired staff of NNPC/DPR can go into consulting in large scale. You can offer your services as a business consultant to Private or government owned business establishments. Your experience in NNPC is enough to equip you with tricks of the business that you can teach people. You can also by so doing help younger generation with some relevant business ideas.
AS a senior citizen of Nigeria, you can decide to focus on major area of training; this can come in form of coaching Centre. Pick a certain area of concentration like Life coach, marital training, business coaching etc. Any or all of these will most definitely keep you busy and earn you extra income. Have you also consider Pet and babysitting. It is interesting to know that Children and pet loves being around elderly persons. I will therefore recommend strongly that you set up a baby and/or pet sitting school. It is very much lucrative and rewarding, it might however require hiring extra hand.
Let us also look at Property management and other related services. You can start this by helping neighbor, friends and colleagues to rent or lease their vacant properties, you could also invest your retirement savings into building or buying houses for resale. You could also set up a bed and breakfast hotel. Here, you do not necessarily need to purchase a property or have millions in your savings, if you have a room or two in your home that is currently vacant, all you need do is to convert it to a suitable space where visitors can pay to relax and spend a night. Again, this is a business that can be done conveniently from home.
Depending on where your SBUs was while in service, those that retired in Operation, Account/Finance, Admin etc can set up a consultancy service to helping Gas station, filling station or other related business to run well the business, since you retired and learnt from the apex body in the industry.
Cooking/catering and Event planning is also very lucrative, of course, there would be a lot of recipes the younger generation could learn from you.
There is no one best solution to how to escape being idle or out of cash dilemma, but one thing is certain, venturing into any of the above wisely will guarantee you a lively living and an extra income.
SENIOR ADMIN OFFICER
NNPC/DPR RETIRED STAFF ASSOCIATION, LAGOS BRANCH.
VERIFICATION EXERCISE IN LAGOS
Lessons and its health experiences by G.C Uche Okoye
Lagos Branch verification exercise that took place on the 29th August to 2nd September, 2016 was held in two places. The first two days, 29th – 30th August was at the Directorate of Petroleum Resources (DPR) Ikoyi. And the remaining two days, 31st August to 2nd September, 2016 was conducted at Westown Hotel, Ikeja.
The huge success recorded was due to the concised efforts by the branch to reach out to members, including many that have left Lagos to their various home town and outside the country.
A situation where a member was bedridden, arrangement was made to reach them for the verification on their sick bed. All these culminated to the success of the exercise in Lagos branch.
LESSONS AND HEALTH EXPERIENCES
The verification exercise was also an opportunity where old friends met each other, yet a lot remained to be learnt as members trooped in to avoid unverified.
With keen observation most members came exuding in good health, while some where frail and in clutches or in wheel chairs. Men especially were more affected, hardly some of these members could be recognized except by their names. The question is, could it be old age?
Having good surveillance, one may conclude that it is not. Because many were noticed to have aged gracefully, still looking good while others aged very fast due to ill health that remained the major factor that lead to rapid deterioration of their physical outlooks. The question again is, could this be due to the way we may have lived our life in the past both physically and spiritually?
The way we think and do things and what we eat and drink also go a long way to tell more of our health. But how much do we listen to our body to avoid degenerating occurrences by visiting the hospital or clinic, like the proverbial saying, “A stitch in time saves nine”.
Although, natural or accidental death could occur due to unforeseen circumstances in life. Such situation could be designated as fate. In any case, if there should be any infirmity found in our body, it could be traced as a result of our life style.
The excessive cholesterol in the blood stream, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart diseases, loss of memory, blindness, bone decease, strokes, etc are sicknesses that creeps in as we grow older. They become critical, consuming the whole body system if they are not attended to from the beginning.
AS WE GET OLDER
“Staying healthy and feeling your best is important at any age, it does not change because you have grey hairs.
As we grow older, we experience changes, such as children leaving home, loss of loved ones, and physical changes.
How we handle these phenomenons depend on the level of our understanding. Coping with change is difficult, no matter how old we are. The particular challenge for adults over 50 years is the sheer number of changes and transitions that starts to occur, including children moving away, the loss of parent, friends and other loved ones, changes that occur at the end of one’s career, declining health, and even loss of independence.
But if that sense of loss is balanced with positive understanding, then you have got a formula for staying healthy as you age.”
Healthy aging means to continually reinventing yourself as you pass through landmark ages such as 60,70, 80 and beyond. It means finding new things you enjoy, learning to adapt to change, staying physically and socially active, and feeling connected to your community and loved ones.
MYTHS ABOUT AGING
Unfortunately for many, aging brings anxiety and fear instead. Thoughts of how will I take care of myself late in life? What if I lose my spouse? What is going to happen to my mind? However, many of these fears stem from story about aging that are exaggerated by the media are simply untrue. The truth is that you are stronger and more resilient than you may think.
SOME OF THE MYTHS ABOUT AGING AND HEALTH ARE AS FOLLOWS.
WHAT WE EAT FOR NOURISHMENT
Let us examine what goes into our body and how they affect us. They are from raw, cooked, processed, baked and fried foods, the water/liquid we drink matters also. The raw foods are from fruits/vegetable, eating of it regenerates our organic body harmoniously.
HOW THEY AFFECT US
We are made to know that when we eat raw fruits/vegetable or drink its juice for three days without injecting cooked or processed meal, it will automatically cleans the metabolic system, making the body to be refreshed. When it is taking for five days, it will build up your body defensive system and begin to destroy existing bacterial in the body. And when the dieting of it continues for ten days, it will fortify the immune system, preventing further bacterial from entering the body. This remedy is not only nourishing but rebuilds the organic body and cures all kinds of sicknesses if it is diligently flowed. This could be done with the assistance of medical treatment to facilitate healing.
There was a woman who was said to have suffered from breast cancer and how she ate fresh banana for 12 (twelve) months and was wonderfully cured of the decease. Certainly, eating of raw fruits is helpful to our health because they are fresh and alive, and naturally heals the body holistically without side effect.
COOKED/FRIED, BAKED AND PROCESSED FOODS
This is a well known practice by all living beings. Our foods are either cooked, fried, baked or processed for nourishing our body. Some even add artificial flavor and sweetener to give taste. But we have also been advised that when food is over cooked, baked, fried or over processed it become relatively chaff and will not constitute any nutrient value to the body. If it does, very minimal of percentage than the damage it does to the body. Hence the various deceases/sicknesses we see today, ranging from constipation, blood clotting, metabolic disorderliness, not being able to pass feaces well leading to pollution of the blood system, malfunctioning of the organs and a total breakdown of the body system, etc.
This eventually leads to untimely death or part of the body collapsing and not being able to do the things we do in the past if not well managed, you will see such persons either overbloated or shrinked or gets older than his/her age.
A well balance diet is achievable from cooked, fried, baked or processed meal. (Please goggle nutrition/balance dieting and see what it gives) your input to this family talk would be helpful. Remember to meditate always on divine Love; he that dwelleth in Love dwelleth in God, and God in him /John 4:16 Do not take matters so strong without letting it go, because what we think or do affects us positively or negatively. In Philippians 4:4, it says, “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again, I say rejoice, “because God in His divine Love created you in His image and after His likeness, Genesis 1:26.
PUBLICITY SECRETARY, NNPC RSA LAGOS BRANCH