50+ & life

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

Helen

20 Dec

A simple back exercise.

Very important muscles to exercise as we age are the upper back muscles to prevent that hunched over look where the chest muscles are too tight and the upper back muscles are weak.  Exercises that don’t use any equipment to work …

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Helen

20 Dec

Adding Weight to your Workout at home – Part 1

I was asked the following question after my (slightly ranty) post about celebrity trainers and weight training. “I’ve never thought about lifting weights. How does one get started, and how do you work into a cardiovascular work out?” Some people …

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Carol

16 Dec

DISEASES OFFER A SPEC-TACULAR VIEW

This week’s blog is dedicated to my Father who passed away in June of 2011 of cancer. I love and miss you daddy! My father, a former military man, had a wife and two daughters. He did not want any …

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J W

23 Nov

Life is like a box of chocolates…

Well life bowled me a googlie recently which has changed a few things around. I had to have a biopsy of my womb in mid-September due to the long term unopposed oestrogen I have been on and unfortunately I got …

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Barbara Younger

23 Nov

Create Your World Claude’s Way

In France last month, my friends Judy and Lisa and I took a jaunt to Giverny, to the whimsical gardens of impressionist painter Claude Monet. At  his Giverny home, our tour guide explained, the artist set the scenes. Claude didn’t …

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Barbara Younger

15 Nov

Old Love!

A few weeks ago, I flew to Paris with my good friends Judy Brown and Lisa Flinn. Here is an observation, a basically happy one for us older types, from my visit to the Musee Rodin: The Musee Rodin houses …

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Helen

8 Nov

Four behaviours than can help you age successfully

A report recently published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) shows that practising the following healthy behaviours in midlife (42–63 years of age) makes it significantly more likely people will stay healthy as they age. not smoking moderate alcohol …

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talkhealth

5 Nov

Heart strategy must help eradicate rich-poor health divide

British Heart Foundation have today published a very intersting article about a new map showing death rates from heart and circulatory disease among older people. It has highlighted a growing gap between our richest and poorest communities. The research was …

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talkhealth

1 Nov

9 out of 10 over 50’s suffer hearing loss in silence

ALMOST nine out of 10 over-50s* suffer from hearing loss but most are too embarrassed to admit it, new research has revealed. An incredible 96.4% of Brits aged over 50* say that they have noticed deterioration in their hearing quality …

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Barbara Younger

24 Oct

White Lace and Promises: The Hunt Is Over

Five cities. Ten stores And about sixty dresses. But there was one Laura just kept thinking about. She first tried it on in Atlanta, where she lived for the summer.  A store in Denver carries the dress, so she tried …

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Carol

22 Oct

IT’S HERE

WOW YOUR MOM REALLY IS CRAZY  is now available. It has always been my dream to write a book, but lack of confidence held me back. I am a testament to the saying “adversity brings out the best in people” …

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talkhealth

18 Oct

Cervical screening: little change in a decade with around one in five women still not screened within five years

About one in five eligible women in England have not had cervical screening within the last five years – broadly the same as a decade ago – according to a Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) report. At 31 …

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Barbara Younger

17 Oct

Tangerine Tango: Women Bloggers in Print

Color! The older I get, the more I’m drawn to vibrant colors. And so is Lisa Winkler, because she titled her  new anthology Tangerine Tango: Women Writers Share Slices of Life. I  am delighted that Lisa selected three of my poems …

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Barbara Younger

5 Oct

On Getting Old, Grandma-style

I have a feeling I worry more about getting old than the average woman. Hard to know for sure, but it seems that way from  conversations with friends. But I had a moment come over me like a voice from …

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Helen

17 Jul

Why you should make exercise a priority as you age.

A question has just been asked of me on Twitter: “How can I get my parents to ignore Homes Under The Hammer on tv screens at gym & focus on working out?” I tend to view exercise similarly to giving …

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Helen

7 Jun

Exercise Referral Schemes

This post is going to talk me out of business but it was bought to my attention that not everyone is aware of what their GP can offer them in regards to support to increase physical activity. The GP Exercise Referral scheme …

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AnnA_R

28 Mar

Arthritic Knees Find Support!

Sounds like a political campaign doesn’t it, but one of the things I am least enjoying about getting older is inheriting the family tendency to arthritis. Having discovered it in my knobbly fingers and then in my neck I thought …

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