“Whether you’re concerned about weight gain, sex drive or chronic diseases, the key to healthy aging is a healthy lifestyle”.1

Umbrella
What may the Healthy Aging Umbrella include?

Depending on the Source (DotS) this Umbrella may include:

  • Aging
  • Healthy Aging
  • Later Life
  • Older Adults Health
  • Seniors
  • Seniors Health

Definition

What is healthy aging?

DotS the definition of healthy aging may vary. The World Health Organization’s (WHO) definition is:

“WHO defines Healthy Ageing “as the process of developing and maintaining the functional ability that enables wellbeing in older age”. Functional ability is about having the capabilities that enable all people to be and do what they have reason to value. This includes a person’s ability to:

  • Meet their basic needs
  • To learn, grow and make decisions
  • To be mobile
  • To build and maintain relationships; and
  • To contribute to society”.2

Key

What may be the key to healthy aging?

In Healthy Aging: Basics – Health Aging: Beyond 50 the (United States) Mayo Clinic elaborate on:

“Healthy aging is a hot topic. Whether you’re concerned about weight gain, sex drive or chronic diseases, the key to healthy aging is a healthy lifestyle. Eating a variety of nutritious foods, practicing portion control and including physical activity in your daily routine can go a long way toward promoting healthy aging”.3

Menopause

Is there an association between menopause and aging?

The International Menopause Society (IMS) explain:

“Each woman is unique and must make her own informed decisions about her health. The number of women age 50 and above is increasing around the world. Life expectancy is rising. Women can expect to live greater portions of their lives postmenopausal. Proactively managing menopause is an opportunity for women to prevent disease and improve their long-term health and quality of life”.4

Postmenopause

Is there an association between postmenopause and aging?

On page four in Maintaining Health and Preventing Disease After the Menopause the IMS explain their Top 10 Prevention Tips for Chronic Disease In Later Life:

“The first 10 years post menopause is an important window for intervention and is where preventative measures can be most effective:

  1. Smoking cessation
  2. Reduction of alcohol consumption
  3. Regular aerobic exercise
  4. Healthy diet
  5. Control of body weight
  6. Healthy AgingParticipation in mentally stimulating activities
  7. Regular screening for cancer
  8. Consideration of MHT in women younger than age 60, not only to help manage hot flushes and other symptoms of the menopause transition but also potentially, to help prevent CHD
  9. Consideration of specific prevention therapies for other diseases if you are at higher risk because of family history or other personal risk factor
  10. Be sure to discuss your options and prevention strategies with your healthcare professional”.5

Health Care Provider

What if I would like help with healthy aging?

If you would like help with healthy aging, it may be in your best interest to choose to talk to your health care provider about this. Together you can discuss your options and if required, agree on who may be the most appropriate health care provider to help you.

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  1. Healthy Aging – Basics: Healthy Aging: Beyond 50. 11 May 2019. Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/healthy-aging/basics/healthy-aging-over-50/hlv-20049407 Accessed: 02 January 2020
  2. Aging and Life-Course: What Is Healthy Aging? Healthy Aging and Functional Ability. World Health Organization https://www.who.int/ageing/healthy-ageing/en/ Accessed: 02 January 2020
  3. Healthy Aging – Basics: Healthy Aging: Beyond 50. 11 May 2019. Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/healthy-aging/basics/healthy-aging-over-50/hlv-20049407 Accessed: 02 January 2020
  4. Women and Menopause: Maintaining Health and Vitality. October 2012:3. International Menopause Society https://www.imsociety.org/downloads/world_menopause_day_2012/wmd_general_menopause_backgrounder.pdf Accessed: 02 January 2020
  5. Maintaining Health and Preventing Disease After the Menopause: Top 10 Prevention Tips for Chronic Disease In Later Life. 2014:4. International Menopause Society https://www.imsociety.org/downloads/world_menopause_day_2014/booklets/ims_wmd_booklet_2014_english.pdf Accessed: 02 January 2020
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