We have no control over our status at birth. Does this dictate our lives or can we change our status? If so, does this improve our health prospects and our life expectancy?
What are the main causes of ill health? Are they preventable? And which countries have the best record for healthy life expectancy?
You can read about the effects of ageing on sight, hearing, smell and taste elsewhere on this site - in the section Effect of Ageing on the Senses. Our fifth sense is touch. Unlike the other senses, it is distributed all over the body.
We could spend up to one third of our adult life drawing a State Pension. So what options are there to help us stay financially healthy in retirement?
How can we stay active as we get older – and what are the benefits? What else can we do to reduce the risk of illness? How can we keep our brains healthy too?
Can keeping mentally fit reduce the risk of dementia?
Each of our senses can be affected as we age. So what can we do to protect them?
How does ageing affect our senses? Can we hear a smoke alarm? Is our vision up to motorway driving? Would we notice a wasp settling on grass underfoot? Or a burning smell in the kitchen?
Oscar winners, on average, live four years longer than other Hollywood actors. Could social status be a key to human longevity?
Might physical activity, educational achievement, a healthy diet and an active social life reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s? Might smoking, obesity and depression increase the risk?
If you have dementia and if, for example, this means you have problems remembering recent events, this can be challenging and disorienting.
Can technology help people with memory problems and their carers?
Our bodies change as we get older – do our brains? If so, is there anything we can do to compensate? Can you teach an old dog new tricks?
Can what is going on in your mind affect your physical wellbeing? If so, how can we take advantage of this to improve our mental and physical health?
Why do we need salt? How much should we be eating? What happens if we eat too much salt – or not enough?
We know too much salt is bad for our health. But what is too much? And how can we reduce our salt intake?
Might learning a new language, being a musician or meditation protect our brains?
What are prebiotics and are they good for our health? What is the difference between Prebiotics and Probiotics?
Winter weather can bring snow, frost and ice. Does it also bring health risks?
Nearly 50% of older adults complain of sleeping problems. These include difficulties in getting to sleep, waking up at different times during the night and waking up too early in the morning.
Is having something to live for good for our health? Does having a purpose in life help us live longer? What if we feel we don’t have a sense of purpose?
What can we do to help us cope with stress, so that it doesn’t lead to health issues?
What is flu? Is it ever fatal? Who is most vulnerable? What can we do to avoid getting it? Should we be worried about a flu pandemic?
Is dance different from other types of exercise? Can it help protect both our physical health and our mental health? What about Zumba? What if we have two left feet?
Can WHEN and WHY we retire affect our health? If so, what happens AFTER we retire?
Why are Japanese people living so long? Can we learn any lessons from them?
There hasn’t been much direct research into the effect of Adult Education on health. However, three different types of research point in the same broad direction:
Are there parts of the world where people seem to live longer than others? If so, why? What can we learn from the people in these areas?
Does your postcode really affect how long you might live? Do we need to move home to live longer? Or can we stay and find ways to improve our longevity?
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