Starting at what is commonly called middle age, operations of the human body begin to be more vulnerable to daily wear and tear; there is a general decline in physical, and possibly mental, functioning. In the Western countries, the length of life is often into the 70s. The upward limit of the life span, however, can be as high as 120 years. During the latter half of life, an individual is more prone to have problems with the various functions of the body and to develop any number of chronic or fatal diseases. The cardiovascular, digestive, excretory, nervous, reproductive and urinary systems are particularly affected. The most common diseases of aging include Alzheimer's, arthritis, cancer, diabetes, depression, and heart disease.
Do you expect to find a few more wrinkles and gray hairs each time you look in the mirror? These are just some of the changes you're likely to notice as you get older. You're not necessarily at the mercy of Mother Nature, however. Here's a list of common aging-related changes — and what you can do to promote good health at any age.
healthfinder.gov has resources on a wide range of health topics selected from over 1,600 government and non-profit organizations to provide the best, most reliable health information on the Internet. Includes Spanish language information.
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a membership that helps people age 50 and over have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. Includes a wealth of information on such topics as health, travel, retirement and news affecting older adults.
This report describes the importance of physical activity, the prevalence and costs of inactivity, and the health benefits of regular activity; it also recommends levels of physical activity in older adults
The Illinois Department on Aging helps older people live independently in their own homes and communities. Working with Area Agencies on Aging, community-based service providers and older people themselves, the Illinois Department on Aging strives to improve quality of life for current and future generations of older Illinoisans.
An association of area agencies. Each Area Agency on Aging independently receives federal and state funding through the Department on Aging, and is responsible for awarding this funding to local providers of senior services. Individual member agencies carry out advocacy on behalf of senior adults
Provides information, education, services, research and advocacy for caregivers. The Alliance supports and sustains the work of families nationwide caring for loved ones with chronic, disabling health conditions.