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Ageing alone: Isolation and loneliness await growing number of men October 16, 2014

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Almost a quarter of men living alone have contact with their children less than once a month, compared with 15 per cent of older women

Don’t let this happen to your Dad – encourage him him to join a Seniors Activity group or a Sports Club.

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By EMILY DUGAN
Monday 13 October 2014
Britain’s men are facing a future blighted by rising levels of loneliness and “social isolation”, new research suggests.
By 2030 the number of older men living alone is expected to rise by two-thirds, according to a study by Independent Age and the International Longevity Centre-UK (ILC-UK).
According to the research, more than 1.2 million men over 50 in England say they suffer from isolation. Men are more likely than women to experience loneliness as they get older because they have significantly less contact with children, family and friends than women, academics discovered.
Almost a quarter of men living alone have contact with their children less than once a month, compared with 15 per cent of older women. Men’s social networks often decline after the death of a partner because women tend to do more to organise and encourage their social life, researchers found.
Janet Morrison, chief executive of Independent Age, said: “It’s alarming to think there are growing numbers of lonely older men who may be facing a future alone and without proper support. This new evidence suggests men and women experience social isolation and loneliness in different ways.
“In general, men rely more heavily on their partner to remain socially connected. When their partner dies, often a man’s social life shrinks.”
The number of older men living alone is rising. By 2030 projected numbers in England and Wales are 1.5 million, an increase of 65 per cent.
The rise is partly because men are living longer and healthier lives, meaning more now outlive their partners. Between 2001 and 2011 the number of males over 85 widowed grew by a third, according to the Office for National Statistics. But there is also a generation entering old age who are more likely to have never married or suffered marital breakdown.
Baroness Sally Greengross, chief executive of ILC-UK, said: “Health services and GPs can play an important role in outreach by identifying patients most at risk and providing support in partnership with the voluntary sector. Statutory bodies should also work with the voluntary sector to develop low-cost innovations to encourage older men to support each other through the creation of clubs and other social programmes.
“Professional bodies should also consider creating post-retirement clubs for their workforce, particularly in male-dominated industries. These could have the potential to keep older men socially connected in post-work life, as well as offering support at certain later-life events, such as widowerhood, that can impact older men’s exposure to isolation and loneliness.”
Experts believe the latest research suggests more needs to be done to tailor help towards men. Laura Ferguson, director of the Campaign to End Loneliness, said: “Charities across the nation struggle to find, and engage with, lonely older men. With social isolation and loneliness posing a serious risk to their health, local activities must be more tailored to suit men’s interests and needs.”
Body image: price of perfection
Body anxiety is so widespread across the UK that 16 million Britons are depressed because of the way they look, figures suggest. The research comes from campaign group Be Real: Body Confidence for Everyone, which launches this week.
The pressure of trying to achieve an unrealistic “ideal body” traps millions of people in the UK in an unhealthy cycle of depression, short-term dieting, cosmetic intervention and eating disorders according to the group.
Polling of over 2,000 people carried out by Be Real suggests that 18 million people do not exercise because of body anxiety. One in four people say body image has held them back from a fulfilling relationship, and one in five have avoided going for a job for the same reason.

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Stay Active – Age Well October 9, 2014

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Stay Active – Age Well
Older people are challenging the stereotypical image of pensioners, says Dr Cassandra Phoenix.

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1 in 6 Over 60
We live in a society that is undergoing a dramatic demographic change. As 11 million post-war baby boomers march towards retirement, more than one in six people in the UK are aged over 65. In less than 30 years it will be one in four.

Combined with changes in social convention, such as smaller families and couples having children later in life, we’re experiencing a significant shift in the makeup of our communities.

Inactive Lifestyles Detrimental
Like much of the population, older adults often live inactive lifestyles and this can have a detrimental effect on their health and wellbeing. Add to this a swathe of negative stereotypes about what can and can’t be done in older age – and the use of words like ‘burden’ and ‘care crisis’ – and older people could be forgiven for thinking they’ve already been condemned to the scrap heap.

As we increasingly see growing older as something to fear rather than embrace, we’re confronted with a period in our lives that’s stigmatised as a time to shut down. Commonly perceived as relics of a bygone age, older people are often viewed as being immobilised by frailty – out of touch and all too often, out of sight.

Outdated Stereotypes
Yet the stories and experiences of many older people do not conform to these antiquated and outmoded stereotypes. They view retirement as an opportunity to explore new hobbies, activities and relationships, and could offer the key to helping us all age in a positive and active way.

Over the last two years our research team, based at the University of Exeter Medical School, has followed a group of active older adults as part of the Moving Stories project. We’ve talked to them about their pastimes, sports and hobbies, taken photos of them in action, and asked others what they think about their lifestyles and stories.

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We’re hoping that by listening to their accounts of ‘moving’, we can understand how and why they’ve been able to deal with the challenges of growing older and being active that everyone faces. We also want to know what role all types of physical activity, rather than just exercise, can play in ageing well.

An incredibly broad range of people from across Cornwall signed up to take part and share their stories with us – from sea swimmers, dancers and golfers, to cyclists, walkers, bowls and badminton players. Our participants ranged in age from a positively youthful 60 to a spritely 92 and continuously conveyed their enthusiasm and desire to remain fit and active.

We’re still analysing the huge amounts of data we’ve captured, but one theme has already emerged across the majority of people we spoke to and that’s the experience of pleasure.

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The importance of pleasure is under-researched in health-related areas, particularly in relation to physical activity in older age. Pleasure can take many forms but in this context we’re talking about feelings that make a person feel good, including happiness, joy, fun, and tranquillity.

Many of our participants described so-called ‘sensual’ pleasures – such as the feeling of the wind in their hair when walking outdoors, and the gliding and floating sensations of swimming through the ocean or a pool. These types of experiences show signs of the human senses connecting people with their environment and providing feelings that help contribute to happiness and wellbeing.

We found that people also drew pleasure from documenting their experiences. Whether it was through keeping a diary or writing articles for community magazines, our participants felt a sense of pleasure long after the activity had taken place. So it looks as though it’s not just the activity that can give pleasure, but what happens before and after. We think this might be an important mechanism for expanding the appeal of taking part in some form of activity.

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Get Into An Active Routine
Perhaps somewhat unexpectedly, the active older people in our study also described the pleasure they derived from simply having a routine.

The habitual nature of some of their activities gave them a structure that, in the absence of work, was very welcome.

The experience of pleasure seems like an important factor in how and why people stay active. It’s gives us an important insight into how we measure the impact of physical activity, showing being active is about much more than meeting recommended guidelines and preventing illness.

Through the help of our participants, we’re starting to uncover the other ways in which physical activity might enable us to ‘move’ through life ( later life in particular) in a positive, pleasurable way. We’re hoping our findings will influence the way that people are empowered to stay active. We’re working with AgeUK and Cornwall Sports Partnership to help this happen.

We’ve teamed up with TheatreScience to bring this project to life on stage. The play Moving Stories – Moving On has been inspired by interviews with our participants.

The opening performance is free and takes place in Truro on October 2. More information visit http://www.ecehh.org/events/moving-stories-theatre.

Dr Cassandra Phoenix is a researcher at the University of Exeter Medical School.

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Daily Walk Like Magic Pill September 17, 2014

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By Telegraph Reporter
12:18AM BST 11 Sep 2014

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Walking half an hour a day can prevent obesity and diabetes, lower the risk of some cancers, and relieve depression and anxiety, scientist says

Walking for half an hour a day is equivalent to taking a “magic pill” that combats ageing and prevents early death, a doctor has claimed.

Dr James Brown, from the School of Life and Health Sciences at Aston University, told the British Science Festival in Birmingham it could help prevent obesity and diabetes, lower the risk of some cancers, relieve depression and anxiety, increase mobility and reduce the chance of hip fractures by 40 per cent among older adults.

It also improved the ability to think and reason, slowed the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, cut arthritic pain by half, raised energy levels, reduced fatigue and led to a 23 per cent lower risk of dying.

Dr Brown said: “All of these changes are not seen in people who run marathons; they are not seen in people who lift weights in the gym, or spend four hours running on the treadmill. These are seen in people who walk and who walk for half an hour a day.

“You can get all of these health benefits, you can get a reduction in all of these diseases that are associated with ageing, by just keeping active, by walking for half an hour a day.”

Dr Carol Holland, from Aston University’s Centre for Healthy Ageing, backed his statement, saying: “Thirty minutes of moderate exercise a day can reduce your risk of age-related diseases. It can also reduce your risk of cognitive decline.”

 

Less Than 30 mins Activity In 28 Days! February 5, 2014

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Less Than 30 mins activity in 28 days!

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I truly believe we can do better.
Community fitness classes and cheap gyms haven’t made the impact hoped for.

A few days ago I saw a report about special Aqua sessions for those with very high BMI.

This morning I received the report below, and want to DO something about the situation. I’ve been teaching fitness since 1983, seniors since 1995 and Fatloss since 2009.
Last year I qualified as a Metabolic coach so know I could make a difference, if I can get them involved.

I’m looking for studio space and more important Pools to use and promote. If you can help please get in touch!

ukactive release ‘Turning the tide of inactivity report’
Today, ukactive have released the “Turning the tide of inactivity” report which has used local authority figures to calculate the number of people that are officially classed as “inactive” because they did not carry out half an hour of exercise in a 28 day period.

Problems resulting from a sedentary lifestyle are blamed for 17 per cent of premature deaths and cost the economy more than £8bn a year.

In the report, ukactive said: “Over the past 50 years, physical activity levels have declined by 20 per cent in the UK, with projections indicating a further 15 per cent drop by 2030.

“If this trend continues, by 2030 the average British person will use only 25 per cent more energy than they would have done had they just spent the day in bed.”

In the report Lord Sebastian Coe said: “Supporting people that do little or no daily activity to become a bit more active is where the biggest public health gains can be made.”

James Samuel, Event Director of Leisure Industry Week (LIW) said: “LIW are fully committed to helping ukactive in their mission to turn the tide of inactivity and get the country fit and healthy. We urge our LIW community to also continue to push the message to their own customers and databases so as an industry we can help make a difference.”

This report is a must read as it contains insight at a national and local level. Use this link to view the full report. http://www.liw.co.uk/inactivityreport/

Please pass this on to anyone you think might help, either by spreading the word, providing space a pool or funding for this community project.

Jax Allen Fitness.

 

Inspirational Seniors #5 October 15, 2013

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Pilates and Yoga are a great way to build and maintain strength, improve mobility and therefore independence plus improve posture and breathing. All of which are essential at any age!

 

Inspirational Seniors #4 October 4, 2013

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I met a lovely client this week at Fitness First in Cheltenham ( I teach Pilates for them)
She was 70+ and although she had tripped over on her very first gym visit, she was determined to get active and try new things.

More of this attitude please! #nevergiveup

Have a great ACTIVE. Weekend. Jax

 

Inspirational Seniors September 29, 2013

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Another example of what life can be like if you stay active.
Last week I attended Leisure Industry Week, 2 days of which we’re inspirational and informative lectures by the best brains in our industry!
I learnt some incredible stuff – which I’ve already started to use in my teaching.
But, for this series how about this?…

The UK record for 70+ Male Marathon
Is 2hrs 54mins With an average speed of 14.7km/hr.

WoW! makes you think!