Helpful Links for Health and Physical Activity
A healthy lifestyle sometimes means doing things that make you happy and feel good. For one person, that may mean walking a mile five times a week, eating fast food once a week, and spending time with loved ones every other day. Regular exercise can lift your mood and help you feel better. Living a healthier lifestyle means a lower risk of developing many illnesses.
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Men’s health concerns include high blood pressure, diabetes, heart failure, heart attack, stroke, prevention, wellness & more. More about Men’s Health →
Women’s health concerns include menopause, diabetes, staying healthy during pregnancy, heart attack, stroke, prevention, wellness & more. More about Women’s Health →
Nutritional needs (food and water) and metabolism (how fast your body converts food to energy) change for women as they enter their 40s. Your nutritional needs (food and water) and your metabolism (how fast your body converts food to energy) change at this age. Your metabolism gets slower. Women lose about half a pound of muscle annually starting around 40. That makes losing weight even more difficult. Women experience these changes due to decreased hormones, reduced activity levels, and medical conditions.
Our bodies change as we age. Our nutritional needs to change too. Nutrition comes from food and water. Nutritional needs differ for men and women due to certain medical conditions, activity levels, and age.
Food provides us with the energy and nutrients we need to stay healthy. Men and women need protein (meat, fish, dairy, beans, and nuts), carbohydrates (whole grains), healthy fats (healthy oils), vitamins, minerals, and water. These things may help prevent some diseases. These include osteoporosis, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers.
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Healthy choices aren’t just for the young. Learn how a healthy lifestyle can help seniors stay active and improve their quality of life. More about Seniors’ Health →
Depression is common in adults who are more than 65 years of age. However, it is not a normal part of growing older. Older adults can be depressed for many reasons. Possible reasons include:
- Health conditions, such as cancer, heart disease, Parkinson’s disease, or thyroid disorders
- Loss of loved ones
- Lack of freedom or ability
- Move to a family home or care facility
Some older adults who are depressed may have dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease.
Alzheimer’s Dementia is a type of dementia. Dementia is a condition that describes a wide range of symptoms. The symptoms are associated with physical and functional changes in the brain. Dementia usually affects a person’s memory, thinking abilities, and personality. In the later stages, a person with dementia has difficulty caring for him or herself.
Alcohol abuse, also called alcohol misuse, is a serious problem. It is a pattern of drinking too much alcohol too often. It interferes with your daily life. You may suffer from alcohol abuse if you drink too much alcohol at once or too often throughout the week. It is also a problem if drinking harms your relationships. It can cause you to be unable to function at work and in other areas of your life. More about Alcohol Abuse →