Category: Healthy living in old age

Healthy living in old age
Louise Morse

Seniors – are you ‘economically vibrant’?

This week a national newspaper invited us to find out if we will be living in a pensioner-dominated area within 20 years.  Dominated is an emotive word, so I read the article carefully.  Does it say that pensioners will be ‘dominating’ the local restaurants or blocking pavements with their walkers, or driving too slowly, or ‘blocking’ beds and A&E units?

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Healthy living in old age
Louise Morse

Who needs RESILIENCE?

It’s become a buzz-word in the NHS.  People who have it do better in life than those who don’t.  So what is it – this ‘resilience’?    In physical objects it means having the ability to spring back into shape;  and in people ‘the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.’  But it’s more than that.

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Chat & Natter
Healthy living in old age
Louise Morse

Introducing Chat & Natter Tables

Manchester is in the lead when it comes to innovative ideas for older people.  It’s strategy is to make life as enjoyable and inclusive for them, and everyone else.  It comes up with new ideas and events all the time.One of its latest ideas is the Chat and Natter Table. Its website says*, ‘A Chatter & Natter table is where customers can sit if they are happy to talk to other customers.

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Amazing is possible at 82 and beyond!

Unless you’ve been meditating on a mountain top with no transmission, you’ll know that Wales beat England 21-13 in the Six Nations rugby match last Saturday.  Max Boyce probably wrote another song to commemorate it.  In the crowd was an 82 year old who’d never been to a rugby match before. (Perhaps she moved into Wales late in life.)  She said that meeting the team was wonderful, adding, ‘It will be hard to top that one.  I’m 82 years of age and to have something like that happen to you at my age is amazing.’

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What makes us happy?

In his book, ‘Happy Ever After’, behavioural scientist Professor Paul Dolan says that we’ve been ‘lied to’ about what makes us happy.  Speaking with Andrew

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