Category: Health features

Regular exercise for the over-50s ‘sharpens the mind’

"Doing moderate exercise several times a week is the best way to keep the mind sharp if you're over 50," BBC News reports. A review of existing data found both aerobic exercise and strength training appeared to improve cognitive functions, such as memory, attention, and how well people carry out tasks. The review brought together information from 39 studies in the biggest summary of the effects of exercise on mental ability to date. Previous summaries of research have had unclear...Read more

Trial to test for Barrett’s oesophagus launches in GP surgeries across the UK

2017-04-02 18:32:32

A Cancer Research UK-funded trial allowing GP surgeries to test for Barrett’s oesophagus – a condition that can increase the risk of developing oesophageal cancer – launches in the UK today. "Around three in every 100 people with Barrett’s oesophagus go on to develop oesophageal cancer so techniques that help us to prevent or diagnose the disease earlier are vital." - Dr Richard Roope This trial aims to offer the Cytosponge test, a less invasive way to test for changing...Read more

Good news! being ‘creative’ and ‘open’ boosts wellbeing in later life

2017-02-17 12:01:57

Age UK’s Wellbeing Index finds that age isn’t a barrier to living well. The Wellbeing in Later Life Index, developed by Age UK and the University of Southampton, analysed data from 15,000 people aged 60 and over to measure the wellbeing of the UK’s older population. It looked at how people were doing in different aspects of their lives under five key areas – social, personal, health, financial and environmental. Overall it showed there is no ‘magic bullet’ for positive...Read more

Over 50s Gardening Without Groans

The Scottish Chiropractic Association’s Good-back Gardening Guide At this time of year, Scottish chiropractors experience a seasonal influx of patients with back and neck strain caused by over-zealous gardening. Dr Ross McDonald, SCA President, comments: “The arrival of spring brings out the gardener in all of us, regardless of how fit or physically active we have been during the winter. As a result, we see an increase in gardening-related spinal injury and pain. Looking after your back properly before, during...Read more

Minister meets with organisations for over 50s about current influenza outbreak

2017-01-14 19:36:37

Minister meets with organisations for older people about current influenza outbreak Minister McEntee encourages more older people to get the flu vaccine and keep healthy and safe this winter – it’s never too late to vaccinate Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, Helen McEntee TD, has today met with organisations representing the needs of older people in Ireland, to provide them with the most up to date information and advice on the current influenza outbreak. Older people...Read more

How are you? modern life responsible for ‘worrying’ health in middle aged

How are you? modern life responsible for ‘worrying’ health in middle aged Statistics show eight out of 10 of over 50 year olds are either overweight, drink too much, or don’t exercise enough. The analysis just published by Public Health England (PHE) clearly illustrates why modern life taking its toll on our health. Modern life is seriously harming the health of the over 50s an alarming 77% of men and 63% of women in middle age are overweight or obese....Read more

Negative attitudes about ageing

2016-10-01 14:42:41

New analysis by WHO shows that negative or ageist attitudes towards older people are widespread. They also negatively affect older people’s physical and mental health. Fully 60% of respondents in the WHO "World Values Survey" reported that older people are not respected. More than 83 000 people in 57 countries took part in the survey which assessed attitudes to older people across all age groups. The lowest levels of respect were reported in high income countries. "This analysis confirms that...Read more

Less common menopausal symptoms

2016-08-10 13:54:53

Less common menopausal symptoms Hot flushes and night sweats are the most common menopausal symptoms, affecting around 70 percent of women. But some symptoms are more unusual and you may not connect them with the menopause at the time. Or they can be easily confused with a long-term medical condition or nutritional deficiency. So which more unusual symptoms should you be looking out for? In the Summer 2016 issue of The Menopause Exchange newsletter, nurse consultant Debra Holloway takes a...Read more

Bingo boosting brain capacity for over 50s

2016-05-20 17:37:51

Bingo boosting brain capacity for over 50s In light of Mental Health Awareness Week, did you know that bingo can actually help to boost your brain capacity? Research from the University of Southampton conducted in 2001 found that bingo is an effective way to slow and counter age-related decline in our thinking capacity. Experts believe the game has a positive impact on mental speed, the ability to scan information and memory. As well as being an awful lot of fun,...Read more

Over 50s- Don’t believe all the menopause myths

2016-05-17 19:14:14

Don’t believe all the menopause myths Does smoking trigger an early menopause? Will HRT make you gain weight? Will you have a difficult menopause just like your mum did? And, most importantly, which menopause myths are true and which aren’t? In the Spring 2016 issue of The Menopause Exchange newsletter, advanced nurse practitioner Jan Brockie takes a look at some common menopause myths, including whether the menopause is linked to depression, whether or not HRT is natural and how long...Read more