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Honest conversations: preparing for long term care

News & Views, Care and carers

There comes a time for us all when we need care. Peter McGahan takes a look at the importance of talking openly about and preparing for long term care.

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Vitamin A: Essential nutrition guide

Nutrition

A is for Vitamin A. Dr Sarah Brewer and Rob Hobson take us through the A to Z of vitamins and minerals....

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Expert tips: Good for eyes in summer

Eye health in later life

50connect talks to Cheshire-based Optometrist Ian White about caring for your eyes in periods of heat and humidity....

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Discover body confidence: Hair loss in women

Fashion & Beauty, Women's Health

Hair loss in women is neither serious, nor life threatening – according to doctors. For the sufferer, though, it is stress inducing and a real confidence killer. Here are some tips to help you overcome any concerns about wearing a wig.

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Essential tips to stay hydrated in the hot summer sun

Nutrition, Health

To be healthy we must stay hydrated You can only survive without water for about three days so staying hydrated is key to our survival. As...

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Six expert ways to soothe IBS naturally

Health

Mays Al-Ali looks at the causes of irritable bowel syndrome and presents her top 6 ways to help soothe IBS naturally....

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Can you give a gift in your Will so that no one has to face death or bereavement alone?

Health, Sponsored

Can you give a gift in your Will so that no one has to face death or bereavement alone?

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6 expert tips to beat travel anxiety

General Health, Travel

As pandemic restrictions ease many will be hoping to enjoy a deserved holiday but first you have get there and for some travel anxiety is a...

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Challenge impotence – rediscovering a sexual relationship

Sex & intimacy • One Comment

Coming to terms with impotence and loss of libido are challenges common to many older couples. So what can you do?...

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Cutting edge digital innovations improving adult social care

Health

The challenge of improving adult social care has seen the newest technologies used in an innovative pilot that could positively change the...

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Vitamin supplements: essential guide for older people

Nutrition

Mays Al-Ali explains why vitamin supplements are a good thing but should not be seen as a magic bullet for a poor diet and lifestyle...

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Intimacy never gets old

Sex & intimacy

Over 60s more confident than ever about sex. New study by Replens finds that intimacy never gets old.

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10 habit changes to boost your energy

Nutrition

Here are ten simple habit changes you can use to try and boost your energy levels....

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Diabetes-friendly recipes

Food & Drink, Nutrition

To help raise awareness for Diabetes Week (14-20 June), California Walnuts have shared five delicious diabetes-friendly recipes....

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Why a high fibre diet is your secret weapon to healthy midlife

Nutrition

Understand why increasing your fibre intake can help lower cholesterol, reduce risk of developing type 2 diabetes and even help with IBS. Rob Hobson explains.

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Retirement village pioneers ‘Dutch household care model’ for dementia

Dementia care & awareness

Richmond Villages launches new retirement village pioneering a new model of dementia care in the UK....

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Top 5 foods to help cure a hangover

Nutrition

Mays Al-Ali, a nutritionist at HealthyMays.com, points out the go-to foods for hangover cures and the stodgy carb-heavy comforters you...

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Social care planning: what you should know

Care and carers, News & Views

Understand your exposure to the cost of social care writes Sharon Bonfield

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Why eat seasonally? Top tips for a healthy sustainable diet

Food & Drink, Nutrition

Most of our favourite fruits and vegetables can be enjoyed year-round but they are only really at their best in season....

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Better health over 50: How the pandemic made us take action

Nutrition

Learning from lockdown: has the pandemic has helped us be healthier?...

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Healthy living for men over 50

Men's Health

Give yourself the best chance to be fit, active and happy in later life with these 10 healthy tips for men over 50.

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The importance of sleep for the brain and health

Health

Dr Lynda Shaw explains why sleep is so important to our physical and mental wellbeing. ...

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Regaining confidence after lockdown

Health

What the pandemic has done to us - psychologically speaking. Dr Jane Kelly looks at why we feel anxious and uncertain about leaving...

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10 year plan could save 40,000 in next pandemic

Health

Cross party group calls for £3 billion intervention fund to build back better health

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Eye health – protect your sight

Eye health in later life, Health

Some sight-threatening conditions have no symptoms and could cause you to lose up to 40 per cent of your sight before you even notice a...

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Lockdown mental fatigue rapidly reversed by social contact

Health

Social interaction is integral to every aspect of our wellbeing and mental ability – while isolation can have a detrimental affect our...

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Secrets of your libido after 50 and Vitamin D pros and cons

Health

Dr Sarah Brewer examines libido in later life, while Robert Hobson asks whether Vitamin D supplements are all they’re cracked up to be.

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DIY exercise – burn calories doing household chores

Fitness

Been putting off those household jobs? Not only will your house be gleaming, you will be burning calories too. ...

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January detox in four easy steps

General Health

Detox your body after the December excesses and be at your healthy best in 2021....

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Oxford vaccine – 10 reasons why you should get vaccinated

Health

10 reasons why you should follow medical advice regarding vaccination and help protect others in the fight to control Covid.

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Sticking to a New Year diet

Nutrition

January brings New Year resolutions that not all of us like, here dietician Martha McKittrick answers some of the most common questions...

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What do you hope for this Christmas?

Health, Sponsored

For parents of a child with cancer, one of the most overwhelming and frequent emotions is helplessness. Will you help bring hope to...

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Don’t tolerate incontinence. Treat it effectively and safely

Health, Sponsored

No one likes having leaks or wearing pads. Treat incontinence with INNOVO® the only non-invasive pelvic floor exerciser that you can do at home with zero effort. Slip on the shorts and relax. 87% of women were defined as dry or nearly dry after three months.

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Building stronger families – Neesha’s story

Health, Sponsored

Supporting Barnardo's with a gift in your Will can help young people like Neesha through the toughest times....

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Help shape the future of healthy ageing

Health

The Autumn Project is an important new service that is being developed and this is your chance to make sure it works for you....

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Keep your immune system fighting fit

Health, Sponsored

Health-wise lockdown does not mean shutdown. Here are six simple tips from A Vogel to help maintain mental and physical health, and also keep your immune system in tip top condition.

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Trouble sleeping? There’s a fine art to it…

Health

Lack of sleep or disrupted sleep patterns can have a detrimental effect on your work life, relationships and general wellbeing. We asked...

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Stay inside … and get some fresh air

Health

We spend at least 70% of our time at home and yet the place where we spend the majority of our time - our sanctuary - could be harbouring a...

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What you need to know about anxiety

Health

Dr Sarah Brewer, Medical Director of Healthspan, looks at how to keep your digestive system in tip top condition.

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The menopause: dreaded, derided and seldom discussed

Women's Health

Isabel de Salis explores the menopause and explains why there is a need to end the silence that surrounds a stage of life that half of...

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What you need to know about digestion

Nutrition

Dr Sarah Brewer, Medical Director of Healthspan, looks at how to keep your digestive system in tip top condition....

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Eat to beat inflammation

Nutrition

Rob Hobson, Healthspan Head of Nutrition has created a series of recipes to help support bone and joint health in the months ahead.

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What you need to know about circulation in winter

Health

In the first of a monthly series by Dr Sarah Brewer looks at how to keep your circulation healthy during the cold months of the year....

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Can you stay cold-free this winter?

Health, Sponsored

How can we keep ourselves well and protect our immunity as we move into winter ahead? Echinacea could be the answer. ...

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How can you improve your sleep in the winter months?

Health

To fight off winter tiredness getting enough undisturbed sleep is vital. Here, Rob Hobson explains ways you can tune your body for restful nights.

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10 things you shouldn’t hide from your GP and why

Health

While small health changes may seem insignificant to you, they may help identify more serious issues. Dr Riccardo Di Cuffa explains why....

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10 things you might not know about unhealthy eating

Nutrition

We all have our eating vices - the guilty treats we use as a pick me up, but have you ever questioned why we fall back on them or what the...

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Seven ways to lower cholesterol with diet

Nutrition

Rob Hobson registered nutritionist at Healthspan shows how we can reduce our cholesterol by eating the right kind of foods.

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What you need to know about statins

Health

Statins are among the most widely prescribed drugs for countering LDL and HDL cholesterol levels and managing the conditions of people with...

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What is good cholesterol?

Health

Far from being a health bogeyman cholesterol plays a crucial role in the healthy function of your body. Dr Sarah Brewer explains the...

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Gut health embarrassment

Health

New research reveals people are shying away from discussing gut health

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Ease the discomfort of varicose veins

Health

We become more susceptible to unsightly and uncomfortable varicose veins as we age, but Alison Cullen and Emma Thornton have tips to ease...

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Heads up: how to minimise migraine

Health

Rounding off Migraine Awareness Week here are a few tips to help manage this debilitating condition - helping reduce your likelihood of...

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Struggling with IBS

Health

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is estimated to affect up to 20 per cent of the UK population with its often debilitating (and potentially embarrassing) symptoms. A range of experts explain how it can be soothed and improved to help live daily life more comfortably.

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I lost my hearing in a day

Health

Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SSHL) affects one in six people every year but is often misdiagnosed - when this occurs the effects can...

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How to stop low self-esteem ruining your summer

Health

Learn to beat the blues with these tips from Dr Meg Arroll on how to boost your self-confidence. ...

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Sex toys that help you do your Kegel exercises

Sex & intimacy

Working out may seem more like torture than fun, but there’s a new “home gym” in town that makes getting fit the best fun you can have standing up – or lying down. Best of all, it’s perfect for the 40 per cent of women who suffer from some degree of incontinence.

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Sugar dilemmas?

Nutrition

What effect does eating too much sugar have on our health (particularly for women over 50)?...

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Don’t let a skin tag make you feel self-conscious

Health, Sponsored

While skin tags are harmless, they can be irritating or embarrassing, knocking your confidence. Now you can remove them easily and...

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HRT myth buster

Women's Health

Separating HRT fact from fiction. What you need to know about Hormone Replacement Therapy.

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10 things you can do for heart health

Health

The biggest lifestyle factors impacting on cardiovascular health are mainly down to lifestyle which is something that can be changed....

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The importance of gut health

Health

Dr Riccardo Di Cuffa explains how a plant-based diet, rich in pulses, legumes and whole grains will provide our gut with the perfect...

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What is so special about Manuka Honey and do you really need it?

Nutrition, Sponsored

Manuka Honey has become famous in recent years due to its health properties and a host of celebrity fans, making it one of the best selling products in health store Holland and Barrett. But why is it so special? And does it work? 50 Connect explores here.

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Direct links found between oral health and pneumonia

Health

New research has found considerable evidence that poor oral health can lead to serious illnesses such as pneumonia and heart disease,...

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Food and your fifties

Nutrition

Post-50, there are certain nutrients your body needs to power through the next phase of your life with some foods, in particular, that...

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Caregiving: How to protect your mood

Care and carers

Low mood can be short-term but over a longer period can manifest as depression, anxiety and insomnia all of which reduce your ability to deliver care for your loved one. Rob Hobson, head of nutrition at Healthspan, offers tips on how proactively manage your mood.

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Caring: Mealtime timesavers

Care and carers

After a demanding day caring for others finding time to cook and eat - healthily - is a challenge for many carers. Rob Hobson has some tips...

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Mealtimes and family balanced with caring

Care and carers

If you are managing a family and caring for someone then try and organise your time so that you can sit down and eat as a family, writes...

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Balanced diet is key to ability to give care

Care and carers

Focusing only on your role as a carer is great for the person you care for but can have a detrimental effect on your long-term health and wellness. Rob Hobson tells how you can make the most of mealtimes.

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Being a carer: Look after yourself

Care and carers

Being a carer to a loved one can be isolating and exhausting. Here, Mary Jordan offers tips to reduce the stress and help you share the...

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Choosing the right care home for a loved one

Care and carers

Choosing a care home is huge step and you need to be sure your parent or partner will be comfortable, happy and well looked after. This...

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The responsibility for caring

Care and carers

Rob Hobson, Healthspan Head of Nutrition over Carer’s Week will be working with 50 Connect providing practical dietary advice for carer’s to help support their nutritional needs, so that they can stay well and look after themselves and continue to deal with the responsibility of caring.

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How to cook on a budget

Health

Rob Hobson shares tips on why a healthy diet is important for you as a carer and the person you care for. ...

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Self help care tips for carers

Care and carers

Many carers neglect to give themselves the same level of care and time they give to others. Rob Hobson shares some ideas to keep you...

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How to feel more positive about ageing

Health

A new global study by Ipsos MORI* reveals just 30% of British adults say they are ‘looking forward to getting old’ which obviously means that the majority of us are not.

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Why are 50 plus women susceptible to anaemia

Nutrition

Dr Sarah Brewer explains why women are at greater risk of developing anaemia in later life and how you can bridge the nutritional gap....

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Artist collaboration creates banner to showcase allotment experiences of dementia

Dementia care & awareness

A banner created by people with dementia working with a trio of well-known artists has been unfurled at a special ceremony in Exeter....

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Is 75 the new 65? Wealthy countries need to rethink what it means to be old

Health

As people continue to live longer, governments will need to rethink similar policies around health care, employment and more, write Warren Sanderson and Sergei Scherbov.

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Hydration in older age

Health

Hydration is often overlooked when it comes to health and wellness advice but is just as important as a well-balanced diet and regular...

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Five ways to look after your gut

Health

Busy lives, convenience diets and everyday stresses all contribute to put a burden on your gut health. Here, Eloise Craven-Todd reveals...

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Planning for the future with Alzheimer’s Research UK

Health

If you or a loved one are affected by dementia, you may have questions about legal issues surrounding writing a Will or Lasting Powers of Attorney. Alzheimer’s Research UK can help you plan for the future by outlining some things to think about.

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Jeremy Bowen reveals he has bowel cancer

Health

BBC journalist Jeremy Bowen is undergoing treatment for bowel cancer after diagnosis late last year....

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hVIVO is helping protect the over 60s from common viral infections

Health, Sponsored

A new clinical study is looking at how healthy people aged 60-75 years old respond to respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infections - and...

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Essential foods to keep men healthy

Men's Health

Rob Hobson, Healthspan Head of Nutrition takes a look at some simple food changes men can make to help them live longer and healthier lives.

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Does cannabis cure cancer? We asked an expert

Health

David Robert Grimes challenges the misconception that cannabis has 'unreported' healing powers that reduce tumours and cure cancer....

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Six diet swaps to lower cholesterol

Nutrition

Comfort foods come with a high cholesterol cost! Check out these alternatives to your weekly shop indulgences and reap the health rewards. ...

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Easy food swaps to tackle the effects of stress

Nutrition

Stress can compromise nutrient intake by influencing appetite, food choice and depleting the body of micronutrients. Here are some tips to help make the right food choices.

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Expert tips: How to prevent a cold or lessen the symptoms

Health

A poll of 2,000 adults, commissioned by wellbeing brand Healthspan, found the cold and dark winter months result in an increase in...

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Six essential food and nutrition time savers for busy carers

Nutrition

Rob Hobson looks at six ways to maintain a nutritious, healthy diet if you are a busy carer with limited time to cook and look after...

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Backed against a wall

Health

Back pain affects 21.9 million people in the UK, but the list of what isn’t recommended is now longer than what is…

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Why eating your greens may keep you brainy

Nutrition

Sticking to the basics of healthy eating and adding green vegetables to your diet can help to boost your intake of nutrients that have been...

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The evolution of sex toys since the 1970s

Sex & intimacy

Adult toys are hugely sophisticated, smaller and sleeker and are made to appeal to all ages. The choice is endless and the most difficult...

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Our lover affair with eggs

Nutrition

Rob Hobson, registered nutritionist and Head of Nutrition at Healthspan explains why we have fallen back in love with eggs and why they are so good for you.

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Rediscovering body confidence with Slendertone

Health

The slim and discreet abdominal toning belt that firms and tones your tummy anytime, anywhere. ...

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When a family member with dementia goes into care

Care and carers

It can be a daunting and emotional time for families coming to the decision to move a relative with dementia into care. Rebecca Harbron...

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10 Tips on how to live longer

Health

We all want a healthy later life but sometimes old habits get in the way. Here are 10 tips that are easy to follow but could have a lasting, positive imapact on over 50s health.

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Five golden rules of eating for a good night’s sleep

Nutrition

Rob Hobson is a registered nutritionist and Healthspan Head of Nutrition.. He is also author of Cheats & Eats and The Detox Kitchen...

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Struggling with COPD? – These simple techniques may help?

Health

Paul Brice, author of COPD Innovative Breathing Techniques shares advice for people with the condition to get the most out of their...

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Why are we a pill popping nation?

Health

New research shows that up to 50% of the UK population is taking some form of medication every day. The question is, is this level of mass medicalisation ultimately solving our health problems? And if not, what can we do to help ourselves become healthier and happier?

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