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Putting the ‘can’ into beating cancer, one step at a time

Do you want to stick your middle finger up at cancer? If so, you are not alone. 

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The best of both worlds

Deciding on a retirement home is easier than ever now you no longer have to choose between health care services and independence Some 460,000 people in Britain live in care homes. Rather more (550,000) are in sheltered housing. A far smaller but fast-growing number are choosing to rent or buy accommodation that seeks to combine […]

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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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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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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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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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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 […]

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Grounds for optimism

Coffee is part of the daily routine for millions, but in these health-conscious days the question has to be asked – is coffee good for you, or bad? Over the past year coffee drinkers have been told that they may be cutting their stroke risk, protecting against superbugs, staving off dementia and Alzheimer’s disease and […]

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They’re playing our song

Enjoying music can be instrumental in increasing your quality of life, as growing numbers of older people have found If music be the food of love, then play on – and lower your cholesterol, release pleasurable hormone dopamine and improve hearing ability in the process. That’s what scientists say, backed by an increasing portfolio of […]

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Planning for the future

Embarking on a new life after finishing work can be daunting unless you get the right help, says retirement planning charity Life Academy When our forebears retired, they waved goodbye to their careers. Slippers, rocking chair, doting grandchildren and a few years of dignified decline were all they aspired to. For today’s retirees, however, it […]

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