Author Details: Deborah Wain

The king of swing

Get expert advice before you take the fairways for the first time. The experts agree that lessons are the wisest initial investment in golf but what else do you need to buy to get started? Most coaches will let you try out clubs and advise on the most suitable, as one size doesn’t fit all. […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →

Location, Location…

Warm weather really is par for the course at the best golfing hotels and resorts Fancy combining golf with a sunshine holiday? Europe and the US have no end of luxury resorts to choose from, but face increasing competition from Dubai and up-and-coming destinations such as Morocco. And China boasts the world’s biggest golf club, […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →

The sport where anyone is game

Ahead of this year’s Open at Royal Lytham & St Annes, Deborah Wain looks at the sport and hobby fit for all ages It’s something many look forward to in retirement – the opportunity to play a leisurely round of golf in lush, serene surroundings. And it is one of relatively few sports in which […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →

A driving force

TV, stage and radio stalwart Nicholas Parsons took up golf in his later years and he’s never looked back. Nicholas Parsons took up golf seriously in his 50s and, 30 years on, he can still occasionally be found at the driving range or taking part in a celebrity charity match. Golf was a gentler alternative […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →

Positive steps

101-year-old Fauja Singh, who recently ran his eighth London Marathon, believes longevity is in the genes – but keeping fit helps Longevity, says Fauja Singh, runs in his family. His grandfather and other relatives sailed past the 100- year mark and Singh himself is, by his own reckoning, 101 (birth certificates were in short supply […]

Comments Off on Positive steps Continue Reading →

Spotting the signs

It’s an age-related digestive condition not everyone has heard of, but we all need to watch for the symptoms of potentially life-threatening diverticulitis In a bid to shake off a nagging pain in her stomach, Margaret Glanville headed to her usual exercise classes at the gym. A few hours later, she was in agony, running […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →

Drinking until you drop

Alcoholism in older people is a growing problem and it’s not just the drinker it affects – families need support and help, too, says Deborah Wain In his 40s, Keith* had had a brush with alcoholism, though both he and his family believed he had managed to escape its worst excesses. But as he neared […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →

A ray of hope

Eye problems can be terrifying as you get older, but new techniques and drug treatments mean that help is hand, suggests Deborah Wain During a shopping trip, Linda Davies noticed the vision in her right eye had clouded over, which she thought was caused by a stray eyelash. But what began as something seemingly innocuous […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →

Let’s talk about cancer

Men are reluctant to open up about their health, but with early diagnosis and targeted brachytherapy treatment, prostate cancer doesn’t have to mean the end of the world, says Deborah Wain It was, says William Gillies, like “being hit by a sledgehammer”. The property landlord was fit and well, had no symptoms when he was […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →

Pains and needles

Once thought of as a quack treatment, acupuncture is now available for some on the NHS When Vanessa Cox Pendray developed osteoarthritis in her neck following an injury, moving her head became extremely painful and restricted. As a textile designer and later a ceramic artist, it was especially hard for her to cope. “I’m a […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →