Senior Life
Challenging stereotypes What does act your age really mean

Challenging stereotypes: “What does ‘act your age’ really mean?”

Why, when you reach a certain age, are you expected to start wearing bobbly cardigans?
Be aware of age related conditions

Be aware of age-related conditions

There are things you can do to lower your risk of dementia. Keep an eye on your symptoms and if you are worried, visit your GP.
The bald truth about hair loss

The bald truth about hair loss

There are various hair loss treatments available that can have a positive effect — depending on how much hair you have left.
Concerned about your memory

Concerned about your memory?

Dementia is not a single illness but a condition that can be caused by one of many underlying diseases of the brain.
Overcoming new challenges every day

Overcoming new challenges every day

Mick, a former dockyard foreman, was diagnosed with mixed dementia about seven years ago at the age of 62, and also has epilepsy.
My experience of caring for mum

My experience of caring for mum

Alzheimer’s Society Ambassador, Sir Tony Robinson, is a well-known actor and presenter. Perhaps less well known is that both of his parents, Leslie and Phyllis, died with dementia.
Good will writing

Good will writing

Should you make a will? Definitely. If you die without one, you can leave real difficulties for your family.
Choosing a charity to include in your will Where to start

Choosing a charity to include in your will: Where to start?

Where to start? There are a vast number of charities in the UK alone, all relying on donations and fundraising to survive.
leaving a lasting legacy

How to leave a lasting legacy

A very small number of us leave a charitable donation in our wills — but it’s something we should consider if we want the values we care about to live on after we pass away.
What are your options for retirement

What are your options for retirement?

The thought of retirement can be a daunting prospect, particularly if you’re used to working in a structured environment.
Gaining support when caring for a loved one

Gaining support when caring for a loved one

Two women share their story on what it is like to take care of a loved one and the support they receive.
Dragons Den star stresses importance of care for carers

Dragons’ Den star stresses importance of care for carers

The pressures of caring for sick or disabled loved ones are falling hardest on middle-aged women.
Understand your options when it comes to care

Understand your options when it comes to care

What care options are open to me as I get older? It depends on your individual level of need, but options include home care and senior housing.
Planning your final wishes

Planning your final wishes

A funeral plan is a way to document your final wishes. Recording what you want can help your loved ones at a distressing time.
Positive living in your senior years

Positive living in your senior years

We are living longer, healthier lives than ever before — but many of us are still putting off confronting important issues, such as will writing, retirement-planning, care-planning and even funeral planning.
Would living in a retirement community suit you

Would living in a retirement community suit you?

We asked Fiona Wookey from Holy Cross Priory, near Heathfield, East Sussex to give us the low-down.
The cost of caring for a loved one

The cost of caring for a loved one

If your loved one or relative is struggling to live independently, even with the help of carers, friends or relations, it might be time to start thinking about the wider care options available.
Planning for the future

Planning for the future

A Will defines how you (the testator) would like your estate distributed after your death, and having a Will is as important now as it ever has been.  
Make a difference this Christmas

Make a difference this Christmas

Question: Is it easy to leave a charitable donation in a Will?
Answer: It’s very easy, but not many of us do it — yet charities badly need financial support if they are to continue.
How dementia affects sufferers and their carers

How dementia affects sufferers — and their carers

Question: Is dementia receiving the attention it deserves?
Answer: It's starting to — and it should, because many of us have a close family member or friend with the condition, says Alzheimer's ambassador, Angela Rippon.
Support is key for those caring for loved ones

Support is key for those caring for loved ones

Esmond Saqui returned from Spain to care for his elderly mum when she was diagnosed with advanced dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease and could no longer care for herself.
Enjoying living in our senior years

Enjoying living in our senior years

Ageing isn't something to be frightened of — it's something to embrace. It is, however, good to enter your senior years equipped to deal with some of the challenges you may face.
Senior life looking to the future

Senior life: looking to the future

The number of older people in the world is growing at an astonishing rate and expected to reach over 2 billion by 2050. 
Nick Hewer s health tips

Nick Hewer's health tips

Lord Sugar’s former advisor and current Countdown host Nick Hewer discusses his views on pancreatic cancer and how in your golden years to consider our own health carefully.
The impact of pancreatic cancer every day is a new challenge

The impact of pancreatic cancer: every day is a new challenge

Martin is a positive and strong person with pancreatic cancer whose attitude towards his condition has kept him battling on for over two years, having been given just 3-5 months to live at his initial diagnosis.  
Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren interview with Age UK

We caught up with Dame Helen Mirren, who has been a wonderful friend to Age UK now for many years, supporting numerous campaigns and projects. In 2011 she donated her famous red bikini to the charity which was sold on TV's Daybreak.
Dr Tom Foltynie

What is deep brain stimulation?

Consultant neurologist, Dr Tom Foltynie, from the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London, discusses deep brain stimulation (DBS).
A turning point in dementia research

A turning point in dementia research

It’s little over two years since the G8 Summit on Dementia in London and focus on dementia has been growing ever since. Global health leaders set an ambition to develop a treatment that could slow or stop dementia by 2025, along with welcome increases in research funding. 
The Fiennes Life

The Fiennes Life

Question: What's the best way to 'stay young' and keep healthy? Answer: Avoid the medical 'don'ts', do the 'dos' — and keep active, says explorer, Ranulph Fiennes.
old people laughing

Busting the myths of legacy giving

More Britons are supporting good causes than ever before, but many are still holding back from leaving gifts to charity in their wills, due to misplaced concerns.
senior woman with grandchild

The facts about leaving charitable donations in Wills

Myths and misconceptions could be stopping some people from leaving charitable donations in their Wills. But, actually, it's a straightforward process that could be transformational for some good causes.
family meal

Living life to the max in our senior years

We are now living longer — but to stay fulfilled, happy and positive we need to be able do more of the things we enjoy, says Caroline Abrahams, Director of charity Age UK.
family discussing Wills

A gift that lasts: the rise and rise of Will donations

Increasing numbers of us are leaving donations to charities in our Wills — so ensuring that the work of crucial good causes can go on, even after we have gone.