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Best Health Advice for Over Fifty

Updated on November 4, 2016

So you have hit the big five zero! Or maybe you went over the hill a while back, and seem to be flying down the other side faster than you had thought possible. As a youth, I remember thinking how ancient my grandparents looked, and now that I am a grandparent I am hoping that I still have a few good years left.

Here are a few issues that those of us over 50 need to pay close attention to.

Great Anti-Aging Advice

Preventing Bone Loss

As you age, bone loss begins to accelerate for a number of reasons. The body becomes less able to absorb the nutrients such as calcium and vitamin D, both of which are important in bone synthesis. Also, intake of these nutrients tends to decline. Add those factors to a more sedentary existence, and you have bad news for your bones.

It is increasingly important to do weight-bearing exercises. That does not necessarily mean you need to go to the gym and lift more weights, but you should be up and on your feet as much as possible, so that both the bones and muscles continue to support your body and whatever else you might carry. If you just sit most of the time, the muscles and bones will get weaker and weaker.

Walking is an excellent bone protector and so is running, biking, or dancing (any activity that keeps you on your toes).

Nutritional Needs Change

As metabolism slows, the body also needs fewer calories. The body needs 5 percent less energy per decade between ages 39 and 59, but needs 10 percent less from age 60 to 69 and 10 percent less over age 70. It would seem that you should eat less, but studies have found that older people tend to take in too little of the nutrients they need for optimal health. So, it is increasingly important to eat foods that are low in calories but nutrient dense.

Medication Side Effects

Bet you did not believe you would be taking medication on a regular basis, but most people over 50 are. These drugs can have an effect on things like appetite and nutrient absorption. One cholesterol medication interferes with the body's use of vitamins A,D,E and K which can cause folate deficiency in the body. Each drug you take has its own set of side effects, so it is important to consult your doctor to be sure your medication isn't robbing your body of what it needs.

Vulnerability to Injury Increases

If you think you are still young and over fifty, try standing on your head, doing a cart wheel or doing a flip like you did in the good old days. But be careful, you may end up in the hospital. You need to be more careful and wise when you participate in sports, exercise. Act your age!

Need More Sleep?

Getting enough sleep is particularly important after 50 since a lack can increase the risk of memory problems and depression, as well as nighttime falls.

To commemorate her birthday, actress/vocalist, Julie Andrews made a special appearance at
Manhattan's Radio City Music Hall for the benefit of the AARP.

One of the musical numbers she performed was 'My Favorite Things' from the legendary movie 'Sound Of Music'.

Here are the lyrics she used:

Botox and nose drops and needles for knitting,
Walkers and handrails and new dental fittings,
Bundles of magazines tied up in string,
These are a few of my favorite things.

Cadillacs and cataracts, hearing aids and glasses, Polident and Fixodent and false teeth in glasses,Pacemakers, golf carts and porches with swings,
These are a few of my favorite things.

When the pipes leak, When the bones creak,
When the knees go bad,
I simply remember my favorite things,
And then I don't feel so bad.

Hot tea and crumpets and corn pads for bunions, No spicy hot food or food cooked with onions, Bathrobes and heating pads and hot meals they bring,
These are a few of my favorite things.

Back pain, confused brains and no need for sinnin', Thin bones and fractures and hair that is thinnin', And we won't mention our short shrunken frames,
When we remember our favorite things.

When the joints ache, When the hips break,
When the eyes grow dim,
Then I remember the great life I've had,
And then I don't feel so bad.

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    Elayne 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    You are still a baby compared to me - and aren't granddaughters the best!! Thanks for your commments Fixodent!

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    Fixodent Lawsuit 6 years ago

    I'm turning to 48, this coming monday. And I am aware that I am getting weaker for this age of mine. But when I saw my grand'daughters happy with me, I feel like 20's. Their smile can uplift me and encourage me that I am still young for my age. Nice blog and this can help me a lot.

    Chow Elay'

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    Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thanks Empire Formula - glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for your comments.

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    Empire Formula 7 years ago

    It was really a nice blog. Very informative one and I really love reading it. Many thanks for the very great post.

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    Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thank you anti aging advice. Glad you concur.

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    anti aging advice 7 years ago

    Thanks for your advice. It was really encouraging. Taking good care of yourself is the best way to prevent aging. That helps a lot.

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    Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thanks anglnwu for coming by and leaving your comments. I love that song too. Some day you will arrive.

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    anglnwu 7 years ago

    I love the revised lyrics to "My favorite things." I've yet to arrive but can't help but tickled by the truths contained in that song. Thanks!

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    Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thanks for your kind words and joining my followers. I hope to keep you interested. Aloha!.

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    couponalbum 7 years ago from Sunnyvale, CA

    What a great hub. Really nice information. Joined your community and would like to invite you to join mine..

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    Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Glad to have you stop by oliversmum. Glad you are taking good care of yourself. Thanks for your comments. Aloha!

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    oliversmum 7 years ago from australia

    elayne. Hi. This is a great hub, with wonderful advice and information. fortunately I do eat well and walk a lot, which keeps the fitness levels up. I will read this hub again,so as all this advice sinks in. Thank you so much for sharing. :) :)

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    Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    take your time DREAM ON. Wish I had enjoyed my younger body and mind more while I still had it

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    DREAM ON 7 years ago

    I better start getting the gears rolling.By the time I get in the 50's I will be ready and prepared.

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    Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    cute niteriter - sorry you are so tired. Hope you get the needest rest. Aloha!

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    Niteriter 7 years ago from Canada

    I started out to leave you a nice comment here but I've forgotten what I had to say. I guess I just need a bit more sleep... Ha!

    Good work. You hit me between the eyes with every paragraph. You've done a great job of convincing me that I'm really old!

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    Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Yes, Julie takes good care of herself and is a role model for us older women. Aloha!

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    Sandra Mireles 7 years ago from Texas

    Good hub. Always loved Julie Andrews...still do!

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    Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    You are right akirchner. Wish I could look half as good as Julie Andrews at her age. She has a good attitude and good genes.

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    Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

    Oh how cute! Love the revised lyrics and can just imagine her singing them....she still looks great, too. Thanks for the tips and all of them are SO true.

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    Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Glad to help reddog1027. Wishing you health and happiness throughout your golden years.

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    reddog1027 7 years ago from Atlanta, GA

    Great hub with information that I need to know but didn't. Thanks much.

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    Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thanks ladyjane1. Getting old needs all the help in the world.

    Aloha!

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    ladyjane1 7 years ago from Texas

    Great hub and I love the song. Good job.

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    Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Mahalo nui loa (thank you very much) JannyC and Trish. 50 is seeming quite young to me right now. Better get movin'

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    JannyC 7 years ago

    Great one here Elayne. You done good.

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    Trish 7 years ago

    Just 45, but thought best to read and get prepared...wasn't prepared for 45. Enjoyed the post. Both laughs and good info..

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    Micky Dee 7 years ago

    days are flipping over like the pages of a book. Thanks Elayne.

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    Ann Nonymous 7 years ago from Virginia

    Not quite there yet, elayne, but thanks for the heads up and all the great advice! It was fun to look at the cartoons and an enlightening read and I will pass it on to those it will apply! Good job!

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    Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Yeah - me too - better get up and have a little walk. I like my Wii fit - gets me moving and have fun at the same time. Thanks for your comments jill of alltrades.

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    jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines

    Thank you for this hub elayne. We do need to be reminded every now and then about these things - especially about the exercise part. I've been sitting too long in front of the computer, like right now! Hahaha!

    Great hub!

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    Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thanks isi for your comments. Hope you get started sooner rather than later. Aloha!

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    isi 7 years ago

    I think I am a "day late and a dollar short" or is it ever too late? I am committing to the walking more and eating less but more nutrient dense food like eatable hibiscus. Great advise.

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    Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Sorry if the hub made you depressed breakfastpop. It was not my intention. You can avoid getting older fast by taking good care of yourself.

    Thanks LianaK and bima.purnawan1 for your comments. Have a great life.

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    breakfastpop 7 years ago

    I am feeling depressed! Just kidding and thanks for a great hub.

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    bima.purnawan1 7 years ago

    cool hub

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    LianaK 7 years ago

    Great research. Love the advice :). Thank you.

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    Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Glad you stopped by Hello, hello. I always enjoy your comments.

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    Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

    Thank you for a great hub and good advice.