Keeping healthy and active as you age

Staying healthy and active is important at any age, and getting older shouldn't prevent this. Although you might feel your body slowing down slightly, there are plenty of things you can do to ensure that you keep fit and active.

Keeping active

Your body changes as you grow older and it's vital to keep active if you want to stay healthy and independent. Otherwise, much of what you enjoy becomes that much harder. 

How to stay healthy after 50
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Stay active at home

Finding something that you love to do is the perfect way to help you help you remain active and strong as you age – and you don't even have to go outside for it!

Getting active at home
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Staying independent

Older people sometimes find it harder to remain independent in their own homes and simple tasks like climbing the stairs or going to the shops can become more difficult, but there are things you can do to combat this.

How you can help yourself
Staying independent at home

Working for longer

These days, more and more people are continuing to work into their late 60s and beyond. This could be for economic reasons or it could be because work helps older people stay active. There are many things you and your employer can do to ensure you stay fit for work for longer.

Staying fit for work
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Avoiding trips and falls

Whatever our age, keeping our body and mind as fit and healthy as we can is good for our balance, movement and for preventing injury.  It's especially important to avoid trips and falls that can result in a fracture, and to keep our body strong to try to reduce the risk of falling.

Top tips on preventing falls
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Getting up from falls

How to get up again if you take a tumble.

Fall Proof!
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