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Tuesday, June 23, 1998 Published at 14:54 GMT 15:54 UK


Older women to get health tips

Nurses can use the factsheets to promote a more healthy lifestyle

Older women will be given tips about healthy eating, exercise and mental health in an effort to make sure that the later years are also quality years.

The government has published 25 factsheets under the banner "Enjoy your later life: physical and emotional well-being for older women".

Public health minister, Tessa Jowell, launched the factsheets at a Women's National Commission conference on Tuesday. The factsheets provide practical information about health and fitness for older women.


They will be distributed by community nurses and other health staff and will help promote discussion on issues such as healthy eating, exercise, preventing accidents and emotional and mental health, including bereavement and depression.

Other topics covered are dementia, keeping warm, osteoporosis, diabetes and hormone replacement therapy.

Tessa Jowell told the conference: "Although women today are living well into their eighties, many of those years will be spent in poor health. The Green Paper [on public health] aims to match women's longer lifespan with more years of good health."

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