People across the developed world are living longer lives. This is
thanks to better understanding of hygiene and more effective medical
treatment of curable diseases.
For this reason it is important that greater attention is paid to ensuring
this long life is accompanied by quality of life.
Research is increasingly showing that many of the medical conditions
assumed to be a consequence of old age, such as heart or kidney disease,
high blood pressure or obesity are linked rather to environmental and
lifestyle factors than just to ageing per se.
Physical performance naturally declines as we age. And yet (discounting
the development of serious disease), the rate of ageing varies widely
among different people. Happily, research now shows that we can influence
the factors that make us age through active living and healthy eating.
In this way good functioning of the body can be maintained.
Older people can lead full and healthy lives if they pay attention to
good nutrition and take appropriate exercise.