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Should you think about giving up driving?

As you get older, it's normal for your eyesight to deteriorate a little. While this can be an inconvenience at times, it can present serious risks in some situations, particularly driving. But when is it time to think about giving up driving?

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Avoiding heart disease

Elderly people are susceptible to a range of illnesses, but few are as potentially serious as heart disease. This condition can pose a significant threat to older people, and can be fatal. Fortunately, there are a number of ways in which you can reduce your chance of developing heart disease, many of which are inexpensive and can have a lasting impact.

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Yoga for older people

In recent years, yoga has become a popular fitness activity across virtually all age ranges, including senior citizens. Yoga is ideal for older people, as many of the poses are achievable without placing too much strain on the body and have a range of health benefits.

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Are you at risk of glaucoma?

It's normal for your eyesight to worsen a little with age, but many older people confuse symptoms of age-related macular degeneration with the warning signs of glaucoma.

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Exploring the science behind slips, trips and falls

For elderly people, slips, trips and falls present a serious health risk. A fractured hip or broken bone can be life-threatening in some cases, and unfortunately, these kind of injuries are all too common among older people. Until now, some doctors assumed that older individuals' reduced muscle strength and balance were responsible for these incidents, but new research by scientists in the United States could indicate a different cause for slips, trips and falls among elderly people.

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Recognising the signs of depression

Everyone feels a little low from time to time, but many people confuse feeling sad with depression. For individuals suffering from this debilitating condition, the comparison couldn't be further from the truth, and depression is a serious illness that needs to be treated. Many older people experience depression, particularly following significant life changes like having to move into an assisted living community. It's important to recognise the symptoms of depression and intervene before the condition worsens.

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The health benefits of tai chi

Although perhaps not as popular as yoga, tai chi is becoming increasingly common as a form of exercise in the UK. Older people looking for a way to have fun, stay fit and reduce stress may want to consider tai chi, as it's one of the most accessible ways to stay in shape, particularly for people who find other exercises to be too intense.

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Living with reduced eyesight

As you get older, you'll probably notice that some things don't work as well as they used to. Between sore joints, aching muscles and the odd momentary mental lapse, ageing can be difficult. One of the most challenging medical conditions many elderly people have to endure is failing eyesight. Fortunately, there are a number of ways in which people learn to cope with reduced visual acuity, so even if your eyes aren't as sharp as they once were, it doesn't mean you can't go on living your life.

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