Aging

Life at 75

Beth Britton | Posted 27.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

Mum has recently celebrated her 75th birthday, and while many writers often fail to put the voice of older people at the forefront of their writing, I wanted to go some way to redressing that balance by finding out directly from my mum what life is really like at 75.

How Drinking Drastically Changes From Your Twenties To Thirties

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 13.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

And the award for most appropriate insight into age and alcohol goes to... this on-point video from Buzzfeed, showing the differences between drinking...

Building Our Way to a Brighter Future: Are Politicians Parking the Issue?

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK Politics
Jane Ashcroft

When this new housing is built, this will inevitably mean changes to local infrastructure and new roads being built. At present, older people face a disproportionately high number of accidents on the road - the Department for Transport reports that older people are between two and five times more likely to be killed or suffer a serious injury on the road than a younger person.

Fighting Alzheimer's Through Nutrition: What Healthcare Professionals Need to Know

Dr. Manfred Eggersdorfer | Posted 30.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Manfred Eggersdorfer

Perhaps the cruelest aspect of Alzheimer's is that it robs families of their loved ones before they are truly gone. Loss of memories and physical abilities frustrates patients and pains family. Every health professional who works with Alzheimer's looks forward to the day when patients can be told there is a cure.

You're Not Wearing That, Are You?

Paul Marshall | Posted 30.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Paul Marshall

While recently trawling the internet, I stumbled across - more by design than accident, I'm ashamed to admit - a site I really shouldn't have been looking at.

Bit of a Grey Area

Ben Shires | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK Comedy
Ben Shires

These are awkward situations at the best of times, but at least I was looking sharp. Or so I thought. "You're going grey!" she squawked, triumphantly, before I'd even had a chance to recount how well I was doing and how it had all weirdly coincided with us parting ways.

The Ethereal Age: The Blessings of Getting Old

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 04.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

It happens to all of us as we get older- we find the richness of our memories satiating, filling us with a sort of glee that the thought of things past becomes more than enough. Age is rued by many but it can be a joyful experience. When I was little I wanted to be older.

How to Launch 'The Great Novel'... Or Not?

Richard Masefield | Posted 30.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Richard Masefield

So here I am, no longer in the world of generous advances. My book will have to work quite hard to earn its keep. But at least it's out there. Amazon is criticised for undermining bookshops. But if more novels see the light of day and more readers get to read them, that surely has to be a good thing, doesn't it?

25 Things That Are Completely Rubbish About Being 25

Ellen Stewart | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ellen Stewart

I've been 25 for one month and one day and already I am quite sure it is the worst age ever. Don't believe me? Take a look at these 25 highly valid reasons why. Yup, that's one for every sorry year of your life...

Never Stop Learning

Beth Britton | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

Eighty percent of the older people living in one of the featured care homes go out to do activities on a daily basis, and children come into the care home from the local school to do intergenerational work.

Aren't You Lucky? Or Another Birthday, Another Miracle

Mik Scarlet | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

It's actually a really big thing reaching this age. I was born with a cancer called Neuroblastoma and my parents were told that I had a maximum life expectancy of five years. They took me home and tried to enjoy the short time they though they had with me...

Am I the Happiest I Will Ever Be?

Lowenna Waters | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lowenna Waters

I am 25, and according to a new study, I should be the happiest I will ever be. Free from the stresses and responsibilities of family life, I should be carefree, secure and confident. But is this true?

Exploring Retirement - The Gap Between Dreams and Reality

Beth Britton | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

In the working population, the word retirement generally conjures up wistful thoughts of long lie-ins, lazy days, unlimited opportunities to pursue hobbies and the chance to finally get around to doing all of the things that you've never quite had time for. Is that really the reality of retirement though, and what can my 30-something generation expect in later life?

Please Don't Tell Me I'm 'Lucky' My Parents Are Already Dead

Emma Clarke | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Clarke

Although it seems a lifetime ago, it feels like yesterday. Time doesn't heal; it just makes grief go out of focus. And anything can bring it sharply back again: a photograph, a scent, a memory or just the endless yearning pall of homesickness so familiar to people who've lost their parents too early.

On Getting Old

Ruby Wax | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

One thing I really will never recover from is the realization that I am an adult as in a grown up person. I never thought this would happen. I only realized when one day I was called 'ma'am' instead of 'miss'.

What Not to say to a Woman in her Thirties

Katy Horwood | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Katy Horwood

I was reading an article today about being in your mid thirties. How, according to a 'recent survey', in your mid-thirties you are likely to be financially secure, at the peak of your career, a home owner, probably married with at least one child. And there's me thinking cutting out booze in the evenings every other week was progress. 

The Two Vitamins That Could Unlock Healthy Aging

Dr. Manfred Eggersdorfer | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Manfred Eggersdorfer

We're living longer. In just the last two decades, average life expectancy has risen by four years. But living longer doesn't necessarily mean living healthier: half of these extra years of life are marred by pain and trips to the doctor due to chronic conditions like diabetes, cancer, joint pain, asthma, osteoporosis, stroke and heart disease...

Contact Lenses, Suitable for Ages 8+

Brendan O' Brien | Posted 23.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Brendan O' Brien

The age profile of contact lens wearers has changed very markedly over the past 10 years and particularly within the past 2 years. Ten years ago, the age demographic was probably 16-40 years. Now it is more like 8-80 years.

Male Menopause or Mid-Life Crisis, You Be the Judge

Dr. Bill Cloke | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Bill Cloke

As I ponder the vicissitudes of this strange new world it occurs to me that we live in a culture that not only is youth oriented but people are acting it out in a variety of ways. Whether it's spiritual vitality, jumping out of planes at 90 or running marathons way into their dotage we seem to be defying gravity. What's wrong with that

Turning 30: Do I Really Need to Grow Up?

Nathan Woodhead | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nathan Woodhead

I always thought that by the time I reached this age, I would 'be' an adult, you know really feel like and adult. I look in the mirror and I see this young version of my dad, a future version of me, neither of which really marry up with the me I think I am.

70 Is the New 60... So Enjoy Later Life!

Diana Moran | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Diana Moran

One in five people in the UK will be 65 and over by the year 2020 and longevity should be celebrated. Growing older isn't a disease, it happens to us all! Treating older people with dignity and respect in care homes and hospitals is one of the most urgent aspects of later life that needs to be addressed.

Keeping Up With the Jetsons

Deborah Gale | Posted 05.07.2014 | UK Tech
Deborah Gale

There are concerns: fears about inauthentic relationships, particularly with respect to end of life care. Our acceptance of introducing human-like but not actually human helpers might qualify as an infringement on personal dignity. So, the next step should be targeted attention on specialized 'bots that will be able to assist and care for older adults.

Is Pubic Hair Really So 1976?

Ellie Stoneley | Posted 29.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ellie Stoneley

I hope there never comes a time when my daughter suffers from self doubt due to her appearance or feels the need to surgically 'enhance' her incredibly perfect self. There is much more pressure in the world she's growing up in than I had to deal with, and I will do what I can to equip her to have confidence in herself, as she is

What Does Your Future Hold in 2030?

Beth Britton | Posted 28.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

One of the great challenges within an ageing society is maintaining connectivity between the generations. Far too much of our society exists within a silo mentality, and that is also true when it comes to issues of family geography. With our global economy, many family members are often geographically isolated from each other - potentially connected only via digital communications.

New Norm for That "Certain Age"

Jaki Scarcello | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jaki Scarcello

The term "Coming of Age" has taken on a whole new meaning as we play in life free of the battered self esteem and co dependent worries of youth. They say as you get older you are more vulnerable, perhaps physically this is true but emotionally and intellectually it seems the opposite is true.