- Monday, 25 November 2013
A new poll of the UK’s ‘Christmas stress factors’ finds that pensioners are bracing themselves for a stressful festive season. The data also finds that over 65s who have gone through separation or divorce are more likely to be stressed out during the holiday season.
Just six in ten (59%) pensioners say that they “look forward to the Christmas season” compared to over to thirds (67%) of the general public. For pensioners who have been divorced or separated, only half (52%) say they’re looking forward to Christmas.
- Thursday, 19 September 2013
Loneliness and social isolation are large and growing problems for society - according to recent research sixty per cent of people over the age of 70 are experiencing acute loneliness.
With more people living alone for a lot longer than in previous generations a feeling of not belonging to a community is prevalent across our urban and ageing population.
It has been proven in study after study that isolation is the number one condition that makes people suffer ill health and feel old before their time.
It is one of the greatest problems facing our country today.
- Friday, 06 September 2013
Pensioners from around the country are being asked to dig out their helmets and jump in the saddle for a new university study.
Researchers are looking for up to 60 pensioners to take part in an electric bike study, to asses how bikes affect the health and independence of the elderly.
The three-year project, organised at Oxford Brookes University will also aim to improve cycle paths across the country - in a bid to keep older people cycling.
Dr Tim Jones, senior researcher at Oxford Brookes, said: "I think older people are neglected from studies about cycling.
- Friday, 16 August 2013
Terence Watts – renowned psychotherapist, counsellor and author whose work has shaped industry practice and changed lives for the better, is campaigning to raise awareness of the need for blood tests to check B12 levels.
A frightening period of serious ill-health that left Terence convinced that he was dying and subsequent research into the importance of B12 to life has prompted him to share his story:
- Tuesday, 23 July 2013
Southend Central Library recently held a Health and Well-Being Festival with a difference.
Over seventy people aged 50 and over took part in a variety of activities including Line Dancing, exercise to music, Zumba Gold, Circuit Training, Pilates & Yoga….It was a great day!
- Wednesday, 22 May 2013
By 2030, one billion people will be over the age of 65. It will be the first time in history that the number of seniors will outweigh the number of young children in the world.
However, this statistic is being met with trepidation. We all want to live long and happy lives, but the reality is that society is not fully prepared for it. This is because while we can expect to live longer, it doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll do so healthily.
- Tuesday, 21 May 2013
Active Life is a collective of friendly, knowledgeable and experienced health and fitness professionals, all of whom share a passion for helping people develop and maintain a healthier lifestyle.
Based in Southend on Sea, Essex, our activities range from gentle yoga, relaxation and pilates to circuit training, exercise to music, keep fit, dance classes, running groups and Nordic walking.
We cater for all abilities, working mainly with Adults aged 50 and over but also tots to teens, mums, dads, and whole family groups.
- Friday, 17 May 2013
One in three people over the age of 50 struggles with loneliness – fuelled partly by a rise in later life divorces, according to an official study. Figures show almost seven million members of the baby-boomer generation and above admit to feeling lonely.
Research published as part of David Cameron’s plan to measure the nation’s ‘happiness’ said almost half of people over 80 feel lonely - many “much of the time”.
Campaigns groups say the study, by the Office for National Statistics, suggests the generation approaching retirement will be a “loneliness time bomb”.
- Friday, 10 May 2013
Age Cymru encourages pensioners to claim their benefits
RISING living costs have seen more pensioners in Wales cutting back on heating and eating than anywhere else in Britain - that’s according to Age Cymru.
Figures released by the charity show that 26 per cent of Welsh pensioners reduced their heating over the winter months because they are worried about the cost of living, compared with a GB average of 21 per cent.
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