While 50 may be the new 40, it becomes even more important to put time and effort into healthy living once we reach our mid to later years. Good nutrition and regular exercise are a key part of the wellness picture. But what are the important things to eat and do as we age?
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a debilitating and painful condition affecting more than 2.2 million Australians at a cost to the health system of $2.1 billion annually. As Australia’s population ages and obesity rates climb, this figure is expected to grow to more than 3 million by 2030.
The Australian Physiotherapy Association says a lack of funds is preventing arthritis sufferers in the country — whose treatment costs $23.9 billion every year — from being treated with digital health options which have been found to be effective.
Health experts have hit back at "ageist" exercise recommendations, which advise Territorians over the age of 50 to avoid certain movements. The Australian Physiotherapy Association said exercise programs should be based on individual ability and needs, rather than age.