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Middle-aged Brits are developing ‘long-arm syndrome’ to see phone screens

2018-03-13 20:18:43

NEWS COPY By Astrid Hall A worrying number of middle-aged Brits have such bad eyesight they rely on ‘long-arm syndrome’ to see phone and tablet screens clearly. Researchers who polled 2,000 adults aged 45 plus found just under four in 10 have to resort to holding their device at arm's length to focus their eyes properly. Long-sightedness - which becomes more prevalent as we grow older - leaves many struggling to read small print. Text on medicine bottles, food labels,...Read more

Scribbles The-Boomers # 6

2018-03-12 19:27:43

In tribute to Sir Ken Dodd I haven't spoken to my mother-in-law for eighteen months-I don't like to interrupt her. I had an idyllic childhood and when my parents bought me a Punch and Judy Show and a ventriloquist's dummy, I'd perform anywhere, anytime. My parents were wonderful when I told them I wanted to be an entertainer. Laughter is the greatest music in the world and audiences come to my shows to escape the cares of life. They don't...Read more

Over 50s Brits reveal exactly how they like their tea

2018-03-03 14:50:38

From deepest darkest brown to the milkiest beige, over 50s Brits have revealed exactly how they like their tea. Researchers who carried out a comp-tea-hensive study found 33 per cent have gone to the dark side of the brew, while one in four prefer a lighter shade. Overall the majority generally favour a darker tone than a milky one, while as many as four out of 10 opt for a classic Builder’s tea. Northern Irish tea drinkers like their brew...Read more

Should the BBC bridge the pay gap?

2018-01-28 17:41:52

After the breaking of the news of the shocking disparity between what a female presenter earns in to comparison to their male colleagues at the BBC, it seems as if the playing field is being leveled. Ahead of a hearing on the BBCs pay structure and Carrie Gracie's resignation as BBC China editor in protest at unequal pay between male and female international editors. it seems that several of the BBC’s male stars have taken the initiative to act on the pay...Read more

Poorest pensioners dependent on state pension with millions more reliant on it

For the poorest pensioners, three in every four pounds (78%) of their income comes from the State Pension, rising to approaching nine in every ten pounds (86%) when State benefits are included, according to a new report by the Pensions Policy Institute (PPI), sponsored by Age UK. The report finds that while levels and sources of income vary across the older population, the State Pension is an important part of retirement income for all pensioners except the lucky few with...Read more

56% of people aged 50 plus say they live for today and 61% say they are enjoying life more since they turned 50.

2018-01-10 12:35:13

Long gone are the days when pensioners spent their retirement doing crosswords and gardening, now, retirees are having more fun than ever, and spending their hard-earned cash in the process. But all this costs money – and the ‘baby boomers’ are not afraid to spend it, with almost a third (62%) saying money is ‘there to be spent’ and more than half (56%) saying they want to enjoy their money now, and not pass it on to others. However, they...Read more

Over 50s- researchers have found the recipe for leading a long and healthy existence

NEWS COPY By Gemma Francis The recipe for leading a long and healthy existence is maintaining a young mindset, being immature from time to time and regularly enjoying a touch of nostalgia, according to a study. Researchers who polled 2,000 adults found almost three quarters of Brits believe forgetting you are an adult from time to time is important. One in four of those revealed they wanted to stay ‘child-like’ as long as possible. The study commissioned by Healthspan to...Read more

Putting your feet up could be slowing you down

2017-12-03 10:27:37

Putting your feet up could be slowing you down There’s nothing like putting your feet up in that favourite chair however, according to new research we’d better not get too comfortable. Sedentary lifestyles can impact on many facets of health and the Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine have realised research illustrating the potential adverse effects of too many hours in front of the television or reading a book. Us woman are particularly at risk with...Read more