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Ageing Well

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Press Association, 29 March 2010 00:00

It's a chilling moment when we suddenly glance at ourselves and discover that we're ageing. At the hairdressers a few years ago I caught sight of my neck in the mirror and it seemed overnight to have wrinkled and transformed into an old person's neck that I didn't recognise. It was a shock and certainly not a good feeling. Psychologist, ...

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Small garden birds hit by the big freeze

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Press Association, 29 March 2010 00:00

Small garden birds including long-tailed tits, coal tits and goldcrests saw numbers tumble in this winter's big freeze, according to the RSPB's annual Big Garden Birdwatch. Long-tailed tits made it into the top 10 most spotted garden visitors for the first time last year, but numbers were reduced by more than a quarter (27%) in this January's count. Coal tit ...

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1 in 10 'delaying retirement due to financial emergencies'

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Press Association, 22 March 2010 13:59

Nearly one in 10 people have been forced to delay their retirement due to a financial emergency, a survey showed today. Around 9% of people aged over 45 said they had put their retirement plans on hold due to the impact of financial emergencies and the recession, according to insurer Prudential. A further 7% of people claim they have decided ...

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BBC1 'shows less older talent than ITV1'

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Press Association, 22 March 2010 09:00

BBC1 has shown a lower proportion of older talent on the channel than its commercial rival ITV1, according to a study released today. A week-long survey found that one in five or 20% of presenters and actors seen on BBC1 were aged over 50, compared with 27% on ITV1. The commercial channel also featured more over-50s on its news and ...

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Over-50s hit hardest by redundancy

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Press Association, 15 March 2010 13:08

Older workers are languishing in the dole queue after losing their jobs in the recession and not being able to find new ones, a new report warned today. The TUC voiced concern about a "steady rise" in the number of people over 50 who were unemployed for more than six months, saying their skills and talents were going to waste. ...

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Busting anti-ageing myths

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Press Association, 14 March 2010 00:00

If your beauty cabinet is brimming with half-used anti-ageing products that once promised to be the next big thing in zapping wrinkles, you're not alone. The quest to diminish frown lines and crows feet from our faces is big business and in Britain we spend an estimated £700 million a year on moisturising creams. But when eye creams and DIY ...

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Understanding mum

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Press Association, 14 March 2010 00:00

One urban myth states that the Chinese symbol for trouble is two women underneath a single roof. Although this is almost certainly not true, we can all understand the sentiment. A mother is the one person a daughter can simultaneously abhor and adore. But Deborah Tannen, author of You're Wearing That? Understanding Mothers and Daughters In Conversation, says that this ...

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Would you be prepared to work longer?

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Press Association, 25 January 2010 00:00

People should be allowed to work longer and everyone should have the right to ask for flexible working arrangements, the Government was urged today. The Equality and Human Rights Commission called for "fundamental changes" to employment policies proposing abolishing the so-called "default" retirement age, extend the right to request flexible working, overhaul employer recruitment practices to prevent discrimination and improve training. ...

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150 years of Agony Aunt's advice

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Press Association, 23 December 2009 09:36

Burning off the Christmas bulge in 2010 is a cinch thanks to gym classes and the Wii Fit, but back in the 1920s women didn't have so many options. Wondering how to lose that muffin-top you've gained over the festive season? Try frantically rolling on the floor to whittle away that unwanted belly, advised one agony aunt in 1928. Unsure ...

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Only one in four older workers plan early retirement

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Press Association, 22 December 2009 23:41

A quarter of older workers plans to retire early, with 43% intending to work on into their late 60s and 70s, research showed today. Around 26% of people aged over 50 who have not yet retired hope to give up work before they reach the state pension age, according to the Department of Work and Pensions. But 25% plan to ...

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