More research needed on effective GP interventions to promote physical activity in later life

An older woman swimming

Aging may be inevitable for us all but the way in which we look after our bodies can impact dramatically on the rate at which we age. One of the key ingredients to a long and healthy lifestyle is exercise. We’re living longer than ever before and if we want to spring into our autumn [read the full story…]

Shingles vaccination for older people: effective, but can they get it?

We Lifestyle Elves are pretty keen on encouraging people to do all those things we know are good for health and reduce our risk of illness and disease. We particularly like tackling those ‘modifiable risk factors’, things we can choose to do something about for the benefit of our health, so we’re always banging on about [read the full story…]

A home-based program improves physical activity and nutritional behaviour in older people

What a busy morning I’ve had spending quality time with the Elders in the Woodland. We started off with a spot of tai chi in amongst the snowdrops, followed by a pot of Rosy Lee reclining on the toadstools. I’ve been nagging them all to get up and be more active since reading more about [read the full story…]

Exploring suicidal thoughts in the very elderly: a Swedish study

The Elf Mother has just passed 80 and she’s not too impressed with old age. Another Elder Elf in this bit of the woodland disagrees. “It has its advantages”, she was telling me; “all those things you don’t have to do, and people you don’t have to see!” Elf Mother did concede she has a [read the full story…]

Helping older people in care homes and hospitals to avoid falls: new Cochrane evidence

We all know that falls can have very serious consequences for older people, and there are around three times as many falls amongst the over 65s in care homes and hospitals than out in the community. Back in the summer, I blogged about a Cochrane review on strategies to prevent falls in this population and this has [read the full story…]

Your life, your health – researchers invite you to share what they know about how life gets under your skin

I’m really excited today as I’ve been looking at a wonderful example of research that’s relevant to us all, presented in an accessible way. The team at the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) know they have really interesting findings and want to share them with everyone. They also want your feedback and encourage anyone who’s [read the full story…]

New Cochrane review has strong evidence that some interventions can reduce falls in older people

The Elf Mother is worried about falling, as well she might be, for a fall can have serious consequences in later life and may mean that a person who had been living independently is no longer able to do so. Around 30% of people aged over 65 and living in the community fall each year. Today’s new [read the full story…]

New online help for older drivers asking “am I still safe?”

“Old age aint no place for sissies”, as Bette Davis once said, and its challenges are many. There’s a question lots of older people, and concerned friends and family, will be asking: “is it still safe for me to drive?”. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the US has now launched an online resource which aims to help [read the full story…]