ONLINE HELP: Discover great healthy ageing information free and online.
ONLINE HELP: Discover great healthy ageing information free and online. ThinkStock

Online tool busts health myths surrounding ageing

NEW today, the National Seniors' Healthy Ageing Hub online resource gets stuck into dispelling the health myths around ageing.

Users can find useful ideas for dealing with chronic health conditions and discover pathways to a healthier lifestyle, based on the latest scientific research from Australia and around the world.

National Seniors Research Director Professor John McCallum recognises that while there is a lot of information available online about healthy ageing, it is often only accessed through registration or paywalls which makes it difficult for the average person to find the credible information they needed.

"What we are aiming to do is to help older people stay as healthy as they can for as long as they can," Professor McCallum said.

"To age well, they need to cut what's called their 'disease burden', which reflects the number of years of life lost to premature death, as well as years lost to disability and the inability to perform everyday functions independently.

"You cannot always rely on the first page that comes up on a Google search."

The Healthy Ageing Hub provides users with a wide range of factsheets and links on health subjects from how much calcium they should be consuming to the dietary approaches to stop hypertension, and recommended levels of physical activity for different age groups.

But the hub's information doesn't stop at just getting physical.

"A lot of people think that maintaining an active social life is just an optional extra as you age," Prof McCallum said.

"But there's a lot of scientific evidence to link a good social life with positive thinking and emotions and as a real support in times of stress and emotional problems.

"In the same way, keeping your brain active is not only rewarding but can also help ward off dementia.

"There are no real rules as to what you should do to stay mentally active - just as long as you find an activity challenging and engaging.

"The old saying that you are never too old to learn is true. It may even lead to new friendships with people who share the same interests."

To access the National Seniors' Healthy Ageing Hub, go to www.nationalseniors.com.au/healthy_ageing


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