Archive | August, 2012

Lacking energy? Get a vitamin B boost

Aid stamina and fight off fatigue by eating more dairy, meat and fish With so many exciting sporting events this summer, more and more of us may be getting inspired to increase our own activity levels. For those looking for ways to support their energy levels and stamina, a healthy balanced diet is an important […]

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Society’s ethical dilemma

The high court denied a man suffering from locked-in syndrome the right to die, bringing back to the fore the euthanasia debate The tragic case of Tony Nicklinson has thrust the ethical dilemma of euthanasia back into the limelight. Nicklinson, 58, died from natural causes last week after losing a High Court battle to be […]

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She’s reading it. Are you?

Ellen Bennett discovers how and why the phenomenal success of the Fifty Shades trilogy has been driven by women over 50 Sexual intercourse began in 1963,” according to the poet Phillip Larkin. So by his reckoning, the first generation of sexually liberated women are now comfortably into their 50s and 60s. Small wonder, then, that […]

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Bringing history to life

Are you hooked on history? Clued up on culture? If so, then now is the time to share your passion and get a Blue Badge, says Caroline Roberts As a tourist guide, Rosalind Hutchinson spends her days bringing history to life. But she didn’t expect it to come quite so vividly to life as it […]

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Leaving your home in safe hands

Retirees who leave their homes for time abroad are often worried about the safety of their property – but that can be a thing of the past, thanks to a new security scheme. By Graham Norwood Lock-up-and-leave – it’s a phrase often used by hard-sell estate agents, but when it comes to maximising your retirement […]

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It’s good to talk

The health risks associated with being alone, such as depression and Alzheimer’s, are serious and must be tackled head-on Loneliness is bad for your health. Researchers from across 150 separate studies have shown that loneliness is as good an indicator of early mortality as lifelong smoking or obesity. An extensive study by academics in the […]

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“I’ve always been naughty – making people laugh is a very powerful ?thing to do”

Miriam Margolyes talks to Maureen Paton about her hunger for success, swimming to stay fit, and her hopes of growing old disgracefully After two outrageous recent appearances on the Graham Norton Show, she has become a YouTube hit at the age of 71. In an astonishingly productive 50-year career, she has worked with everyone from […]

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The future looks bright

Invasive treatment to revive your vision can be a thing of the past thanks to a new lens replacement surgery Mrs Heather Dixey, 71, lives in Christchurch, Dorset. She spends much of her time walking her Iberian Hound on the beaches of Dorset and in the New Forest. Before retirement she was a practice manager […]

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Putting the fun into fitness

It’s no surprise that exercise is important, but how can we keep it interesting? Belly-dancing is the answer, claims Maureen Paton, who shares with us its bountiful benefits I came very late to the idea of exercise, having ignored it for decades until I reached an ‘interesting’ age and realised I urgently needed some elder-exercise […]

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Be Still My Beating Heart

Psychology Of Love – Part 6 That we use a phrase like ‘falling in love’ suggests that it is something over which we have no control. Our hearts race, palms sweat, we breathe faster and get butterflies in our stomach – it must be love. But is it? Or, is it possible that we can […]

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