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As the years pass by, many women find that the lifestyle that worked out in their 20s and 30s fails to achieve the same results in their 40s and 50s. As women reach their 50s (the average age of onset for menopause), they have to compensate for hormonal, cardiovascular and muscle changes that may have not been prevalent in their younger years.

Weight gain in the aging woman is common due to decreases in muscle mass, the accumulation of excess fat and a lower resting metabolic rate. Hormonal shifts can cause a range of symptoms and increase your overall risk for heart disease and stroke. Finally, absorption of certain nutrients may decrease due to a loss of stomach acid. Go to Dr Oz to read more.

Deciding on your lifestyle choices as you age is such an important decision.  It involves your ability to maintain your independence and ability to accomplish activities of daily living, your financial resources, and your personal interests.  You can find a list of 55+ Lifestyles, Independent Living, Assisted Living, Alzheimer’s Care, Nursing Care, Home Care, Adult Day Care, Continuing Care (CCRC), and Low Income-Affordable Respite Care-Short Term Stay by state at Senior Housing.