Old Age

How 'Loneliness Maps' Could Improve The Nation's Health

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 08.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Loneliness is an increasing problem in the UK, currently affecting an estimated 800,000 people in the England alone. Yet most of us don't realise ...

Daredevil Granny Celebrates 100th Birthday With Great White Sharks

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 17.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Georgina Haywood is a centenarian without fear, it seems, as she has marked her 100th birthday by skydiving and swimming with sharks. She kicked of...

The Answer To The Question 'What Will Your Tattoos Look Like When You're Older?'

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 13.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Anti-inkers are always saying "Don't you ever think what it will look like when you're old?". Now people with tattoos don't need to worry. Courtesy...

This Is The Fastest Really Old Man In The World

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK Sport

Sports enthusiast and 95-year-old retired dentist Dr. Charles Eugster has become the fastest man in his age category after beating the 200 metre indoo...

Adorable Old People Recreate Classic Film Posters

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 02.03.2015 | UK Comedy

Residents at the Shenley Wood Retirement Village in Milton Keynes have found a delightful way to raise money for charity. The seniors dressed up to...

Old Men Covering 'Uptown Funk' Is Adorable And Hilarious

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 26.02.2015 | UK Comedy

Better than the original, in our opinion....

Grandpa With Dementia Can't Follow Most TV Shows, But Boy Does He Love 'Jackass'

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 24.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

This grandfather can't follow complex storylines because he has dementia, so many TV shows are off the table. But one program still brings him grea...

Pensioning Off Their Legacy

Dale Bilson | Posted 23.02.2015 | UK Politics
Dale Bilson

In the run up to this year's General Election, the UK's two main parties - Labour and the Conservatives - have traded the usual arguments and insults, drawing their battle lines and going to great lengths to highlight their differences.

40 Years After They Got Divorced... 75-Year-Old Man Proposes To His Sweetheart (Again)

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 18.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A couple are set to be re-married after 43 years apart. Louis Demetriades, 75, hadn't spoken to his wife since their divorce until December last ye...

Ridiculously Cute Grandpa Goes On His Grandson's Tinder Dates

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 18.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

YouTube pranksters Ethan Cole and Josh Shultz decided to put 89-year-old Joe's ancient lady-wooing skills to the test - by sending him on some Tinder ...

Dementia or Are We There Yet?

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 08.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

Aging is about saying goodbye and a reminder of the ephemeral nature of life. Botox and plastic surgery are the favoured companions of many these days but they appeal to our fear of life and by inference, death. It is a sad indictment of our society that we do not value older people or the process of aging.

Do You Find The Thought Of Elderly People Having Sex Gross?

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 29.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

This week the first major study of sexual health in the 'over 70s' found that our elderly counterparts are still very much enjoying an active sex life...

'Say Yes To Porridge And No To Men,' Says Scotland's Oldest Woman

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

For those who want to hit one hundred and receive a letter from the queen, it might be worth taking a leaf out of 109-year-old Jessie Gallan's book. ...

The Journey Home

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jacqueline Koay

My parents do not come up to London anymore, though it is less than 90 minutes from where they live. They used to have a vibrant life here. My mother would always be there on the first day of the Chelsea Flower Show with her big hat on, and went to museums, galleries and operas.

11 Things It Shouldn't Take You Until Adulthood to Learn

The Mac Twins | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Mac Twins

Setting multiple alarms is futile as the snooze button is best mates with your laziness. This friendship does not count as an excuse to your boss about your tardiness and will ruin your school reports and job references.

Can We Laugh at Old People? Old Age? How About Ageism Itself?

Paula Coston | Posted 30.10.2014 | UK Comedy
Paula Coston

"We're laughing at an ageist." Image courtesy of Shutterstock. As widely publicised, Jeremy Paxman has got himself into trouble lately. During a pr...

These Retirement Home Residents Dancing To 'Happy' Are Guaranteed To Put A Smile On Your Face

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Comedy

Just when you thought you were tired of homemade Pharrell Williams 'Happy' videos, comes one that's simply irresistible. It's courtesy of 60 reside...

Memories of Us Not Enough? What Legacy Can the Single or Childless Leave?

Paula Coston | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Paula Coston

I'm 59, the eldest of four siblings, but have no partner and no children. A sense of inadequacy grows: what can I leave my nephews and nieces, and their children? I don't mean memories; I mean, what that is tangible and lasting, that I can equitably share among them? It's like feeling a phantom limb, a shadowy disconnect with future generations that I so ache to put right.

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'.

There's No Joy in Middle Age

Paul Marshall | Posted 20.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Paul Marshall

When you're 50 and above, there's a raft of conditions you're susceptible to. If you're a man, these include prostate cancer, high blood pressure and heart failure. One in five have a fatal coronary before they're 75.

Home Is Where the Heart (Defibrillator) Is

Paul Marshall | Posted 06.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Paul Marshall

It's a sad fact of life (and death) that the majority of us are destined to end our days in a care home. Or if recent and continuing news stories are to be believed, a couldn't care less home.

How Are We Going to Meet the Care Need of an Ageing Population?

Sue Brown | Posted 25.06.2014 | UK
Sue Brown

This week the Institute for Public Policy Research published a report revealing that the number of older people needing informal care will outstrip the number of family members able to provide it as early as 2017. Worrying news for a social care system already creaking under the strain of not enough funding and too many people in need of care.

Sooner (Or Later) Death Comes to Us All

Paul Marshall | Posted 22.06.2014 | UK Tech
Paul Marshall

'm hardly the world's biggest social networker, so it seems doubtful that when I'm dead I'll suddenly start messaging people for all eternity. Although that's obviously not the case for everyone. I've been wondering what all those tweets from Elvis and Beethoven were about- loving the new duet guys.

'What Big, Sad, Scary Prospects You Have, Ungrandma!" Non-Grandparents: What to Do About Our Futures?

Paula Coston | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Paula Coston

I'm 59, and have never had children - not my choice. Many of my same-age friends and family are preparing to enjoy the arrival of the next generation beyond, an experience that I'll no doubt take pleasure in by proxy, but still, that I'll miss out on for myself.

Does Loneliness Have to Be a Side Effect of Old Age?

Trevor Lyttleton | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK
Trevor Lyttleton

For many guests the happy occasions of spending one afternoon per month having tea with a group of older guests and volunteers, are the only cross on the calendar. Contact the Elderly would like to draw public attention to what complete isolation feels like and what people can do to help solve the problem.