The American population is not only getting older, but it is also becoming female. As the population ages, women are comprising a larger percentage of those 65 years or older. They aren't about to sit around, einher - they want to remain independent and strong as they age. To help them address their unique health needs, raise awareness of their problems and their solutions and provide health information, including identifying local resources. It's hard to change lifelong habits; support the women and encourage them to join support groups to reinforce assertive behavior. Teach the women to deal assertively with the health-care system, and explain specific areas of concern, such as osteoporosis, caregiving, and menopause [Perspectives in Health Promotion and Aging 1989; 4(5):1,5].