Special Section: Roadmap to Healthy Aging

If only it were that easy—if only an actual map existed to guide us through the aging process. If only we could all follow one clear set of directions and arrive, magically, at a place of optimal health.

The reality is far more complicated. Healthy aging requires a very personal prescription for each of us, determined by our own unique physical and emotional needs and our health history. With that individualized plan in mind, we have consulted health and wellness experts, who provide insight into topics ranging from dental health to sleep solutions to cancer screening—all with the aim of helping you navigate your health from midlife and beyond.

So, sit back, relax, and remember what a gift it is to age and change, empowered with the knowledge that with attention and good care you can determine much of how your aging story will unfold.

Women’s Health at Midlife
In 2014 the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) published Recom­mendations for Clinical Care of Midlife Women, a compilation of key points and recommendations for women’s health at midlife and beyond, with the goal “to improve the under­standing and management of women’s health at this critical stage of life.”

 

Nutrition Know-How For Healthy Living
Headlines correlating what we eat with opti­mal health abound: claims of “superfoods” compete with new juic­ing fads; proteins and carbohydrates contin­ually spar; leafy greens are everywhere.

 

Diet By Decade
Joan Salge Blake offers the following tips for ensuring that you are doing what you can to ensure optimal nutrition and overall health at midlife and beyond.

 

Mind Over Matter
As the baby boomer genera­tion moves into retire­ment age and beyond, brain health issues re­lated to aging are rapidly becoming a major concern.
By Amanda Jerome

 

Q&A Cancer Screening
Q&A with Therese Bartholomew Bevers, MD, FAAFP
Professor, Department of Clinical Cancer Prevention
Medical Director, Cancer Prevention Center
Medical Director, Prevention Outreach Programs
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston

 

Sexual Health and Aging: Keeping the Passion Alive
Sexual feelings don’t disappear as you age. Here is how to keep the flame burning.
Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

 

Fitness As We Age: Form and Function
Maintaining a healthy weight and physical strength is important throughout life, as overweight and obesity are linked to a variety of chronic health conditions as well as to cancer and other diseases.
By Franci Cohen

 

Aging and Heart Health
By the American Heart Association

 

It’s Time to Bone Up: A Guide to Bone Health
As we age, bone loss is inevitable—but we cannot feel it or see it.
By Diane L. Schneider, MD

 

Dental Health
Are There Oral Health Issues Specific To Women?
By Lynn Kiangsoontra, DDS Prosthodontist and Assistant Clinical Professor

 

Save Your Skin
A Few Key Strategies Can Help Promote Skin Health As You Age.
By Kavita Mariwalla, MD, FAAD

 

Sleep and Your Age
Putting “Beauty Rest” to the Test: How Sleep and Your Age are Connected
By Aneesa Das, MD
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center