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Health and fitness

As you get older, it's more important than ever to look after yourself - from keeping active with some gentle exercise and living with medical conditions, to your mental health and general wellbeing.

Spotlight on Carers report

Our "Spotlight on Carers" report looks at the issues that millions of unpaid carers face, including those who feel trapped caring for elderly parents in the UK. One in two adults feel that they will have no choice but to care for their elderly parents when they become too frail, and many raised concerns about access to care options in their area.

The report explores attitudes towards caring for elderly parents and the barriers that adults in the sandwich generation face to accessing care support for their frail relatives.

Medical conditions

Get expert advice and tips on staying healthy as you age. Our articles cover common medical conditions and offer insights on prevention and management.

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Healthy lifestyle

Get advice for healthy living in later life - stay active, prioritise mental health and maintain a balanced diet.

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Mental health and wellbeing

As we age, it's important to prioritise mental health by staying connected, doing fun activities, and seeking professional help if needed, leading to a positive outlook on later life.

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How we can help

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Elderly care experts answer biggest questions about health and fitness

Discover solutions to frequently asked questions regarding maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle during your later years.

What is healthy physical fitness for the elderly?

As we age, it's essential to maintain our physical fitness so we can continue to do daily activities on our own. This includes a balance of aerobic exercise, strength training, and flexibility exercises to promote overall wellbeing. By doing this, we can maintain our strength, flexibility, and endurance.

Why is fitness important for seniors?

Staying fit is extremely important for seniors, as it can help to boost cardiovascular health, maintain muscle strength, improve balance, and reduce the risk of falls. Regular exercise can also help to manage chronic conditions such as diabetes and arthritis, as well as promote mental wellbeing and independence in daily life.

How does age affect a person's health and fitness?

As we grow older, our body experiences a natural decline in muscle mass, bone density, and cardiovascular function. This can result in reduced mobility, balance problems, and an elevated risk of chronic diseases. Nonetheless, having a healthy lifestyle and engaging in regular physical activity can significantly lessen these effects and enhance older adults' overall health and fitness.

What are the NHS guidelines for exercise for the elderly?

According to the NHS, older people should strive to engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity. Additionally, they should perform muscle-strengthening exercises two or more times per week. It's also important to include balance and flexibility exercises to promote mobility and decrease the risk of falling.