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Keep on the road for longer details the health and social care services available to people aged 50 or over (leaflet cover pictured).
Whatever your situation, using the NHS services that are available can help you to protect your independence as you grow older. Keeping physically active, eating a balanced diet and maintaining a healthy weight will all increase your chance of a healthier and happier later life. Prevention is better than cure.
Evidence shows that your lifestyle can have an enormous impact on your health as you grow older.
People who are physically active, eat well and maintain a healthy weight are less likely to get heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers or have a stroke.
Being physically active can also be good for your mood, your energy and your self-confidence. It’s a great way to meet new people too.
There's a lot of information and advice on NHS Choices to help you be active and eat well. For example:
NHS services can help you to stay well and keep living life the way you want to.
Knowing what services are available and what you are entitled to can make practical and positive differences to your day-to-day life. For example, with the right help you could stay in your own home instead of having to move into residential care.
In this section of NHS Choices, Stay well over 50, you can learn more about some of the services available to you.
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