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On the Move: Exercise, Leisure Activities, and Midlife Women

  • Ruth L. Hall

Abstract

A few weeks before my 50th birthday, I received a letter from the American Association for Retired People (AARP) informing me that I was now eligible to join AARP. I had arrived. But what did that mean? I’m postmenopausal and beginning to gray more quickly. My physician told me that I had “age-related osteoarthritis,” as if that makes the pain any better. Other symptoms of aging continue to emerge. Middle age is a time when our bodies remind us of the process of aging, a time when we say to ourselves, “I don’t remember this [body part] giving me trouble when I did [blank] in the past.” It is a time to become more active in developing and sustaining a lifestyle that will help us to remain mentally alert, spiritually fulfilled, and physically sound as we grow older.

Keywords

Physical Activity Black Woman Human Service Leisure Activity National Health Interview Survey 
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