Decades of life

The Decades of Life model of men’s health recognises that men of different ages have different health concerns including impotence, heart disease, prostate cancer, diabetes, obesity and more. For example, younger men face a high risk of injury from motor vehicle accidents, while for older men diseases such as prostate cancer and heart disease are of greater concern.

This information allows men to focus on the aspects of their health that are of greatest concern to them. Men’s health is also a concern for women – who play a vital role in the health of their fathers, husbands, sons, brothers and friends.

Health in your 70s and beyond

As our understanding of the ageing process improves it is becoming increasingly apparent that signs of poor health once held as being an unchangeable consequence of advancing years – frailty, lost independence, mental decline – can be significantly influence by our lifestyles.

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Health in your 60s (60-69 years)

Most men in their 60s are either retired or actively planning for a life outside the workforce. It is a time of significant change in terms of how men spend their time and who they spend it with. How they spend their time has as much to do with their health as any other influences.

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Health in your 50s (50-59 years)

Historically, once a man reached his 50s, he was seen to be in the twilight of his productive years, at least as far as work goes. These days, however, with improvements in health as well as changes to economic and other factors which influence our retirement, many men feel ready and willing to continue in the workforce for some time. Others are only too happy to think about slowing down a little and enjoying the fruits of their labour.

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Health in your 40s (40-49)

The fifth decade. That sounds a bit ominous, doesn’t it? The 40s can represent a particular challenge for many men. They have often been in the workforce for some time and are expected to be at their most productive. This can mean extra hours at work at a time when children, if they are around, are growing up and wanting more of their dad’s time.

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Health in your 30s (30-39)

Men in their 30s are often pretty busy. Establishing themselves in their work life, starting a family and paying off a house can take up a lot of time. As a result, it can be easy to overlook personal health.

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Health in your 20s

A lot happens between the ages of 15 and 29. It is a period of transition physically, emotionally and socially; from childhood to adulthood and from education into work.

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