As Dr Annie Evans explains, many women at this life stage still want to get involved in the things they love to do, but health issues associated with ageing can present challenges.
Some women may feel incontinence is threatening their dignity, or that osteoporosis is limiting their movement and enjoyment of everyday activities. Others might be concerned about dementia, and what that means for their independence and their family.
These concerns might feel new and scary to you, but you should never be too embarrassed to talk to someone about them. You’ve led an amazing life so far and you’re never too old to start making the rest of it as comfortable and enjoyable as you can.
Areas to consider at this stage:
- Female-specific geriatric medicine
- Post menopause
- Urogenital atrophy
- Vaginal / pelvic prolapse
- Incontinence (urinary and faecal)
- Osteoporosis and fractures
- Heart health
- Gynae and vulval cancers
- Breast cancer
- Varicose veins
- Other underlying illness
Not ready for this stage? Try our previous Women's Life Stage 5 | Freedom to explore.
Last updated Tuesday 15 August 2017
First published on Thursday 24 September 2015