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Sources of happiness change as people age

Statistics about older adults and emotion may indicate that people experience less satisfaction with life as they age, but two new studies suggest that the opposite may, in fact, be true. In addition to feeling happier on the whole, older people have reported different sources as contributing to their overall positive outlook on life than those of younger individuals.

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Citrus linked to lower stroke risk

More than 150,000 people in the UK experience a stroke each year, and the condition is particularly common among people over the age of 65.

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Ambulance services under scrutiny

Government health policies have come under fire as new data suggests an increased use of ambulance services by older people as well as rising response times by those same services. 

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Heavy drinking linked to cognitive decline

Medical experts have long suspected a connection between excessive alcohol consumption and cognitive decline, but this danger is especially prevalent for men who consume large amounts of alcohol in middle age.

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Learn about CHC funding at Sunrise of Bassett

As people age, their health care needs often become more complicated.

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Elderly people turning to GPs over loneliness

Loneliness is a serious problem in many communities across the UK, and older people often feel the most isolated. Numerous studies have revealed that many people feel disconnected from their neighbours, and aside from the emotional impact of loneliness, the problem can also result in several physical side effects. The situation has become so serious that some elderly people are turning to their GPs for help.

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Reducing loneliness in your community

Many people across the UK, including the elderly, feel disconnected from others living in their neighbourhoods. As the pace of modern life has accelerated in recent years, few people have the time to get to know their neighbours, and as a result, some areas have large populations of people who feel little or no connection to one another. This can be especially challenging for older people, many of whom struggle to adjust to their new lives after retiring. Following a recent study into loneliness, which was conducted by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Housing Trust, the organisation suggested ways in which concerned members of the public can help lonely people feel more connected to their communities.

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Tackling loneliness across the UK

Most people feel lonely from time to time, but for older people, it is not uncommon to experience feelings of isolation, intense loneliness and even hopelessness. Recently, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Housing Trust set out to examine the causes of and potential solutions to loneliness in two communities in England.

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