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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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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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Too old to break a taboo?

Are you fired up by Fifty Shades and fancy a different way to stay fit? 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 it. [...]

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A case for cruise control

I always thought cruising was for old people, so naturally I was never interested, not being old. And never will be. It’s only other people who are old such as, well, older people. We did go on the QE2 to New York many years ago, back in 1976, American bicentenary year. I remember the year [...]

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Add flavor to your recipe repertoire

Kerry Fowler sinks her teeth into the latest recipe books hitting the shelves Simple Cooking, Antonio Carluccio, Quadrille Publishing, £9.99 “The biggest discovery of a dish happens when you are obliged to use leftovers – how to include them, how to make them interesting,” Carluccio says. “My mother was an artist in it: she knew [...]

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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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“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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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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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 time to update the care system

Policy makers so far haven’t put adult social care anywhere near the top of the agenda and the older generation’s patience is running out. A whole year has passed since Andrew Dilnot published his detailed report on social care funding but ministers have finally responded. Last week, the white paper on tackling the care crisis [...]

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