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50+ & life

Blogs about being over 50 and living life over the age of 50.

Improving Self Esteem

19Nov

When self-esteem is lower than it should be, self-advocacy almost always suffers too. After All, when we are not feeling worthy of our own admiration and love, we likely do not expect others to recognize our worth, either. It’s hard … Continue reading

  

Managing Stress

2Oct

  Deadlines. Bills. Money problems. Chores. Family responsibilities. Relationship challenges. Work issues. Politics. Drama. STRESS. TOO MUCH STRESS. Does this sound familiar? Of course it does. Statistics from the APA even show how stressed we are. Forty four percent of … Continue reading

  

Work”Out” or Work”In” ?

23Apr

  I talk rather alot about working “In”as well as” Out” in my sessions but how do you know when to work “in” and not work “out”? It’s really simple protocol but as ever you need to be accurate and … Continue reading

  

Pilates where did it come from? Should you be Practicing Pilates?

19Mar

Where Did Pilates Come From? Should you be practicing Pilates?  Joseph Pilates was initially a frail young German who took it upon himself to become a very strong, educated, healthy man. Joseph took part in wide range of sports including fencing, … Continue reading

  

Tinnitus Awareness Week 2018

6Feb

Tinnitus Awareness Week is running from 5-11 February this year. The aim of the week is to raise awareness of the condition, which affects approximately 1 in 10 of the population. A recent British Tinnitus Association survey found that just under … Continue reading

  

How to take control of your own health

23Jan

Now that it’s January everybody wants to get back to the gym and start a new diet or exercise health kick of some description whether that’s a detox protocol or simply couch to 5k. For the average person in the … Continue reading

  

Weight Loss for Health

10Jan

Since the start of January, the media has been full of weight loss plans and exercise regimes. My gym, which was quiet over Christmas, was full to the brim on Monday and I struggled to park the car at 6.30am … Continue reading

  

No Time for Exercise? How about 3 minutes?

9Jan

Are you tight for time and want to try Pilates?  “I don’t have 10 minutes to myself” sound like you? To busy to book in at a club, drive to the club, and attend a class…. I know that time … Continue reading

  

Osteoarthritis in the knee and exercise.

13Nov

Exercise can play a vital role in managing osteoarthritis. People are often fearful of exercising the affected joint in case it causes further pain and damage yet this review of studies done on exercise programmes states  “People with OA should be … Continue reading

  

Type 2 diabetes costing NHS £8.8bn each year

20Oct

It is estimated that 600,000 people in the UK have Type 2 diabetes but have yet to be diagnosed. Including the undiagnosed, that’s around 4 million people in the UK alone. And since 1996, the number of people with diabetes … Continue reading

  

Link between cancer and obesity higher in women

13Oct

As someone who has recently lost weight (22 pounds or 9.7kg in new money) I was interested to read a recent study published in The Lancet. A recent cancer diagnosis within my family made me stop and think. I’m middle-aged … Continue reading

  

Stoptober – Are you ready for the challenge?

11Oct

Stop smoking

This month thousands of people are taking on the Stoptober challenge, Stoptober is a 28 day non-smoking awareness campaign run throughout October. It has been said that you are five times more likely to quit smoking after 28 days! Smoking … Continue reading

  

Do you need private medical insurance?

27Sep

With hundreds of health insurance plans to choose from it is never easy to find the right one that suits you best. Many people’s thoughts on private medical insurance are….”not for me too expensive”, “I have a condition already so I … Continue reading

  

A Vision of Good Eye Health

25Sep

Regular eye checks and a healthy lifestyle go hand in hand with healthy eyes, yet too often we overlook the health of our eyes until we start to experience vision problems. So what should we be doing to protect our … Continue reading

  

Is the Robocop knee brace the new ‘must have’ for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis? The celebrities seem to think that it is …

11Sep

Recent media stories, a landmark study and the Autumn/Winter TV schedules highlight the Össur Unloader’s ability to offer pain relief, improve function and maintain a healthy lifestyle Recent national news stories (London, UK – August, 2017) have drawn attention to the … Continue reading

  

How to Cope with What Life Sends Your Way

31Aug

Stress is a part of life. Sometimes the stress that comes out of each situation is good and sometimes it’s bad. For instance, achieving a goal can become stressful but once you reach it you feel a sense of accomplishment, … Continue reading

  

Online Doctor v Patient-to-patient Support

30Aug

Do people seek information from HCPs online or do they prefer online support from fellow patients? Over recent years there has been a steady increase in the availability of patient-focused websites offering health information and support across a wide range … Continue reading

  

What does today’s tech-savvy, self-caring, knowledgeable patient look like?

25Aug

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There’s little doubt that the 21st century patient is very different to the 20th century patient of my era. Much has changed and technology has been the key driver for change. So what does the modern, tech-savvy, self-caring, all-knowing patient … Continue reading

  

40-60 years old not even walking for 10 minutes once a month

24Aug

According to a report by Public Health England (PHE), middle aged men and woman are not getting enough exercise. In fact a staggering 41% are not even managing a 10 minute brisk walk once a month! Dr Jenny Harries, Deputy … Continue reading

  

Yoga and Lower Back Pain

4Jul

In a recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, Boston Medical Center researchers found that yoga classes specifically designed for chronic lower back pain (my italics!) helped patients feel better. In light of this those with non-specific Lower … Continue reading

  

Tips for exercising safely in the sun

19Jun

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Don’t use the sun as an excuse not to exercise but use these handy tips to ensure you stay healthy. 1)      Keep hydrated – make sure you have a water bottle with you and take sips during your session and … Continue reading

  

Just an hour a week….

15Jun

Photo of a weight, towel and bottle of water

New research has shown that just an hour a week of resistance exercise can lower the risk of metabolic syndrome (cardiovascular risk factors such as overweight, high blood pressure and elevated blood sugar). You don’t have to leave your house … Continue reading

  

UK expats could cost NHS £500million report says

31May

A report, published today, by the Nuffield Trust, suggests that when reciprocal health arrangements within Europe end, post Brexit, the cost to the NHS could be as much as an extra £500m each year as expats return to the UK for … Continue reading

  

GLUTEN FREE PRESCRIPTIONS – Action Against Allergy

5Apr

AAA support for coeliacs Action Against Allergy is giving its support to the campaign being co-ordinated by Coeliac UK to persuade the NHS to seek an alternative to their proposed withdrawal of prescriptions for the gluten free foods needed by … Continue reading

  

Should you take Vitamin D to combat colds and flu?

17Feb

Yesterday (16 February 2017) it was widely reported on TV, in newspapers and across the Internet that taking Vitamin D could significantly reduce the incidence of colds and flu amongst the general population. In fact, some newsrooms went as far … Continue reading

  

Introducing Action Against Allergy – our latest charity forum partnership

14Feb

talkhealth are excited to announce that we are now hosting the forums for the charity ‘Action Against Allergy’. Log on to the AAA forums to join the general discussion, view charity news and individual to talkhealth we are especially delighted to announce a forum … Continue reading

  

Can a robot really help the elderly?

31Jan

You may have seen in the news that researchers from Middlesex University and the University of Bedfordshire are using £2m of EU and Japanese funding to develop robots that will be culturally and socially aware, in order to help the … Continue reading

  

Should GPs run a 7 day service?

16Jan

The government are keen for GP surgeries to open from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week. Doctors are being told that if they fail to meet their commitments to keep surgeries open for longer, they may lose extra funding. … Continue reading

  

Do you feel to old to start exercising?

14Jan

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According to the findings of a study from the University of Dundee, published in the journal Age and Ageing, the most powerful ‘deterrent’ among the over-65s is a lack of interest, and disbelief that exercise can enhance and/or lengthen life. … Continue reading

  

Tickly coughs and dribbly noses

11Jan

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It’s that time of year, and if you’re working in an office you’re probably surrounded by coughs and colds. A nasty cold bug started doing the rounds in the talkhealth office just before Christmas with about half of the team … Continue reading

  

Dentists urge us to cut the cake culture in the office

4Jan

Yesterday, (3 January 2017), the Royal College of Surgeons, Faculty of Dental Surgery (FDS) issued a press release urging workers to cut the cake culture that seems to have become established in many offices up and down the country. The FDS … Continue reading

  

New Year Resolutions

3Jan

Weight Loss

  We hope you’ve all had a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! In the talkhealth office today, we’ve been talking about our various New Year resolutions. It’s safe to say we’ve all over-indulged this Christmas and several … Continue reading

  

3 Things You Need to Know About Finding Home Care for Your Parents

19Sep

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As children, we want nothing but the best for our parents. Sometimes, that means letting them live at home instead of an assisted care facility. Your parents will have a better time spending their days with the family – including … Continue reading

  

Where have all the O’s, B’s and A’s gone? You can help fill the gaps – #missingtype?

22Aug

blood donation, missing blood groups

NHS Blood & Transplant need your blood. You may have seen their latest campaign entitled #missingtype. The campaign has been designed to attract blood donors new and old. The campaign is running across several social media channels including Twitter and … Continue reading

  

How the growing elderly care sector is leading to increased responsibility for nurses

17Aug

young nurse measuring the patient's blood pressure

Along with a national nursing shortage, growing debts and the ongoing dispute about junior doctors’ contracts, the UK’s ageing population is often cited as a major threat to our National Health Service. Today, over 3 million people in the UK … Continue reading

  

Don’t suffer in silence: World Continence Week

21Jun

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Bladder incontinence is a problem which affects 6 million people, just within the UK. The condition causes people to feel embarrassed and isolated, with many being too scared to leave the house.   Urinary incontinence is described as the unintentional … Continue reading

  

This Week in Health News: Heart Rhythm Week

7Jun

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At talkhealth we understand the importance of monitoring your health for any irregularities. Very often we brush off unusual activity in our bodies and ignore any tell-tale signs telling ourselves ‘It’ll be fine, it’ll pass’. In line with Heart Rhythm … Continue reading

  

This Week in Health News: The First Penis Transplant in the USA, and Should Men Over 40 Avoid Having Children?

17May

Doctors have performed the first penis transplant in the USA

A prominent health news story over the last few days has been the reporting on the first penis transplant in the USA. The story may make many readers wince, but as the doctors who performed the operation have pointed out, … Continue reading

  

Rosacea awareness month

22Apr

Make up artist to the stars Sarah Jagger and influential blogger Emma from Emma & Three

Did you know that April is Rosacea Awareness month? Do you know what rosacea is? You might not be surprised to know that almost 40% of the people who have completed our rosacea survey have not heard of the condition. And yet … Continue reading

  

This Week in Health News: Treatment for Skin Cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease; The Junior Doctors Dispute Wares On

19Apr

Junior Doctors Strike

Over the last few weeks, we’ve covered a number of positive health stories about potential breakthroughs in the treatment of deadly diseases including cancer. The potential good news continues this week, with the announcement of a new combination of drugs … Continue reading

  

This Week in Health News: More Strikes, The Oldest Ever Mother of Triplets, and Singing’s Effect on Cancer

6Apr

Evidence suggests that singing in a choir may - for some at least - help to reduce stress and have a number of positive health benefits

Today (Wednesday 6th April), junior doctors in England began their fourth strike over the new contracts that are to be ‘imposed’ on them by the government. The walkout began at 08:00am and will last for 48 hours. With these latest … Continue reading

  

Menopause And Moods

22Mar

Menopause and mood swings are very common, but you don’t have to just suffer as there are ways you can help stay on top of them. Many women experience mood swings as part of PMS, but just because its menopause … Continue reading

  

Prevention of Pressure Sores on Elderly Patients Living in Care Homes

15Mar

Pressure sores are a common and substantial concern for elderly patients living in care homes, with over 700,000 people affected every year. For the NHS, they are the single most costly chronic wound, and most often occur in patients over … Continue reading

  

Everything You Need to Know About Physician Incentive Plans

3Mar

Physician Incentive Plans

  In healthcare, there are a wide number of options that offer monetary incentives to healthcare providers. These are known as Physician Incentives Plans, or PIP for short. There are currently around 40 different PIP available across the United States, … Continue reading

  

This Week in Health News: A Radical New Cancer Treatment and More

25Feb

Researchers are developing a radical new method of cancer treatment

You may have noticed a number of cancer-related stories in the news this week. For one thing, data released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre has shown a significant recent drop in the number of women in England … Continue reading

  

How To Tackle Night Sweats

25Feb

Are you one of those unfortunate women who suffer both daytime hot flushes and night time sweats? It may seem like a different condition, but it is actually it is just a continuation of the same problem and unfortunately we … Continue reading

  

Cleanmarine for Women

28Jan

Cleanmarine Krill Oil for Women

Most women experience uncomfortable symptoms associated with their menstrual cycle, such as mood changes, physical discomfort, and cravings. Many of these symptoms may be alleviated by taking a natural supplement containing Krill Oil. An independent study has shown that Cleanmarine® … Continue reading

  

Meet Speedo Mick … charity fundraiser extraordinaire

12Jan

BBC

Amongst other things I’m a Wycombe Wanderers football fan. A league 2 club with no money but fans who totally believe in and support the manager and the squad week in and week out. And this weekend just gone was … Continue reading

  

May the force be with you …

18Dec

star wars, David Prowse, Darth Vader, arthritis

Star Wars is everywhere. It is THE film of the year, with some of the original cast back to grace the big screen, including Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill. Sadly, David Prowse who played Darth Vader, also affectionately … Continue reading

  

22Oct

Breads

A blast from the calorie past! Cliff found this calorie list among my mother-in-law Vivian’s papers.The doctor’s name is at the top, and in Vivian’s handwriting are the words “For Al.” So did the doctor want Cliff’s dad on a diet or … Continue reading

  

The Health Benefits of Cycling in Old Age

13Oct

Happy senior couple cycling in the park. Healthy lifestyle.

All kinds or reports show that staying active in old age is important, so a lot more people are looking for ways to take more exercise as they age. They are doing this in lots of different ways. Walking and … Continue reading

  

Pain Management and TCM

1Oct

  As a traditionally trained Acupuncturist I regularly get people coming to me for the treatment of pain; often as a last resort but also as part of a holistic pain management strategy working in partnership with other health professionals … Continue reading

  

Rattle That Lock

24Sep

David Gilmour, Rattle That Lock Tour, Royal Albert Hall

It’s been a busy week and a short one at that as I’m off to Berlin in the morning for 4 days supporting my partner who’s running the Berlin Marathon. For those of you who’ve read my blogs before, you’ll … Continue reading

  

Easy ways to stay healthy when you retire

24Sep

Dealing with the changes that come with finishing work and having a lot more time on your hands sounds easy, but it can be damaging for a lot of people who aren’t prepared for making the transition from having to … Continue reading

  

Changing Places – Changing Lives

2Sep

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Part of everyday life is popping down to the shops, taking a trip into town, or visiting somewhere special for the day – or rather, it is if you are able. If you need a carer to help you do … Continue reading

  

Needles? Ouch! 10 Myths About Acupuncture

27Aug

There are a lot of myths about acupuncture, a medical model that has been around for over 4000 years and used successfully to improve the health and well being of people around world. Below are 10 of the common acupuncture … Continue reading

  

Live self determined-Die self determined

14Aug

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In my last blog I wrote about the process of Assisted Dying in Switzerland. A country I have loved to ski and walk in for many years and a country I feel very at home in, as do my two … Continue reading

  

To die with dignity?

9Aug

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In this weeks news was the story of a woman in her seventies who travelled to a clinic in Switzerland to take advantage of Swiss law, which allows  an individual to choose to end their life. The article s