Life stages: Mid-life

Introduction

The early years in this life stage are likely to see the establishment of new families involving formalisation into settled relationships and the birth of children. The age range covered here is generally between 30 and 50 years old.

The remainder of the life stage is likely to be dominated by responsibilities associated with the upbringing of children while the end of the life stage is marked by children completing their education and leaving home.

Key health services in the early part of this life stage will include family planning and maternity services. Health promotion interventions such as nutrition, exercise, sexual health, smoking, drugs, alcohol, and mental well- being are also of importance as all are key issues that will influence the behaviour of children.

Access to GP's is a key issue for this age group and services such as cancer screening, early diagnosis and treatment of a range of diseases/ conditions are of increasing importance.