- Monday, 02 December 2013
With just days to go until the nation goes into Christmas Mode, The Sleep Council offers 12 tips for surviving the 12 sleeps of Christmas.
- Try, as much as possible, to keep regular hours – we know it can be hard when you’re staying up late for Santa! Going to bed and getting up at roughly the same time, all the time, will programme your body to sleep better.
- Create a restful sleeping environment. Keep the Christmas decorations to the other parts of your home! Your bedroom should be kept for rest and sleep and it should be neither too hot, nor too cold; and as quiet and dark as possible.
- Friday, 22 November 2013
Lower your expectations
Not EVERYTHING has to be perfect. Remember that, and you are likely to have a much calmer and stress free holiday season. People don’t expect a Christmas straight out of a movie, so accept that some things may go wrong, and remember that no one is going to mind if the pastry on your mince pies isn’t quite right!
For some, Christmas can actually be a time when you feel very low. Use the season to reconnect with people, focus on all the good things in your life and best of all find a way to help others. It will give you a new perspective on Christmas. If you are spending Christmas alone make it in to a positive experience by curling up with your favourite food, films and call loved ones during the day.
- Tuesday, 01 October 2013
Physical activity could be as effective as many drugs for patients with existing coronary heart disease and stroke, a review of evidence has claimed.
In an analysis of previous studies, researchers found no significant difference between exercise and drug interventions for secondary prevention of heart disease and prevention of diabetes.
Among some stroke patients, exercise was actually more effective than drug treatment. However, for heart failure, diuretic drugs were more beneficial than exercise.
Amy Thompson, Senior Cardiac Nurse at the British Heart Foundation, said: “An active lifestyle brings many health benefits. These researchers suggest doctors should think more about prescribing exercise to ward off heart disease and stroke.
- Monday, 30 September 2013
Dr. Lynda Shaw sets out her top tips to stay younger for longer
1. Avoid and reduce stress as much as possible. Stress is one of the most common causes of premature ageing, so take time to relax and have a little humour in your life.
2. Spend as much time with your family and friends. An increase in social connections can help improve the quality of life and can influence life extension.
3. Oxygen is vital for keeping your body healthy. Make sure you get plenty of fresh air and ensure you have plenty of plants around you at home and at work.
- Thursday, 19 September 2013
In an ideal world we would get all the nutrients our bodies need to be healthy from our diet. We would exercise regularly and get at least eight hours sleep a night; we wouldn’t smoke, drink or get stressed. Back in the real world, however, things are very different, particularly as we age. “Taking a few carefully chosen supplements is a simple way to make up for any shortfall and guard against poor health,” says GP Dr Hilary Jones.
But with as many different dietary supplements out there as there are conflicting messages about them, it can be hard to choose which ones to take. “If I had to pick just three daily ‘must –takes’,” says Dr Hilary, “they would be a high quality multivitamin, a top-of-the-range omega 3 fish oil supplement and a multi-strain, scientifically-formulated probiotic.” But what is it that makes these three top of Dr Hilary’s diet must-haves?
- Friday, 13 September 2013
Anglia Ruskin research finds that nine out of 10 people struggle on with hearing problems
Nine out of 10 adults in the UK delay seeking help for their hearing problems, according to research carried out by Anglia Ruskin University.
Hearing loss has been identified as the third most prevalent chronic disability among older adults, surpassed only by arthritis and hypertension, but many wait over 10 years before seeking specialist help to have a hearing aid fitted.
- Friday, 06 September 2013
It is estimated that there are almost 2 million people in the UK affected by sight loss. This month from the 16th to 22nd September National Eye Health Week will take place.
Fight for Sight the main charity in the UK to be dedicated to funding pioneering research to prevent sight loss and treat eye disease will be raising money with their 'Carrots Nightwalks' on the 20th September.
These events will take place in Birmingham, Cardiff and Glasgow this year.
- Wednesday, 28 August 2013
Autumn is many people’s favourite time of year and new research from the charity Age UK’s Living Your Way campaign has found that no matter what the weather 3.8 million (38%) people aged 65+ chose being able to potter in the garden as the activity that gives them the most pleasure in life.
Indeed a survey from Age UK Personal Alarms found that over one in ten people aged 55 and over (12%) actually felt that they couldn’t live without their gardens.
- Tuesday, 27 August 2013
For some of us, there are plenty of reasons to be depressed as we get older, and that’s where family and friends need to play their part. Advice website www.myageingparent.com has just published its advice on how to spot the warning signs and make sure their elderly relatives get their help they need.
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