Health just naturally becomes more of a focus as baby boomers age. Weight control
can be an issue, and people over 50 face annoying degenerative changes such as arthritis that
affect our fitness level and sexual prowess. What can we do?
First start with WebMD’s page on healthy aging, which includes blogs, bulletin boards, quizzes,
expert columns and more. Then move on to Yahoo’s Live Better Longer site, with Dr. Mao’s
secrets of longevity.
Reuter’s Health is a comprehensive source of general health information, CNN features the
wisdom of Dr. Sanjay Gupta, the New York Times has “all the news that’s fit to print” on health
and aging online and MSNBC focuses on the latest medical breakthroughs.
The Fort Smith Public Library site has dozens of useful health links, as well as advice on how to
search for health-related topics on the Internet.
Any of these sites will start you off on your search for a healthier lifestyle, but here's a word of
caution: Always consult with your doctor before following the advice found on any Web site.
For Men Only
New Modern Man features sections on
medical information and health (general
and sexual) for men, as well as other topics
of interest to boomer guys.
Men’s Health includes good exercise and
fitness tips for men of all ages.
For Women Only
Test your menopause IQ at Women
Read the article, Menopause and Me, to
see how your experience measures up.
Nutrition Over 50
The U.S. government recently put out a new food
pyramid, and the National Institutes of Health has
a wealth of information on all sorts of nutrition-
related issues. Take this fun Portion Distortion
quiz that compares common food portion sizes
today with what we ate 20 years. It’s a real eye-
As we age, our nutritional needs change. After
menopause, for example, women need more
calcium/vitamin D and less iron.
Some vitamin companies are trying to take the
guesswork out of the process. Centrum Silver is
formulated for people over age 50, and GNC
recently introduced its new 50 Plus Vita-Paks for
men and women to take the guesswork out of daily
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