A potentially ground breaking new piece of research has speculated that a combination of fish oil and aspirin could be the most efficient way of combating the often crippling affects of arthritis.
The conclusion was arrived at by medical experts from Harvard Medical School and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, which holds close Continue reading
A man from Texas recently featured in the news as his passion for aviation continues to amaze local residents and flying professionals. Eugene Engledow has dedicated his life to flying and even though he will be turning 100 this year, he is not letting anything hold him back.
He has been flying planes for over 76 years and from his start at 23-years-old, he has gone on to climb to great heights. When he started out, flight technology had only existed for 30 years, and from his initial interest in planes, he gradually took his first steps into flying during a lesson which cost $6 at the time.
A couple from Manchester celebrated their 70th anniversary recently and they hit the headlines after their romantic tale of a chance meeting caught the attention of the Daily Mail. Thomas and Ethel Bramwell happened to meet by chance in 1942 and have been madly in love ever since.
Recalling their 70 happy years of marriage from the comfort of rise and recline chairs, Thomas remembers helping Ethel and her friend step down onto the platform at Ashburys Train Station and when their eyes met, they thought that there was something special there, but had no idea that they would meet again the following evening.
An 87-year-old man was recently honoured in the USA after dedicating 50 years of his life to the goal of learning at Arkansas State University. Professor Sammy Gennuso has seen many changes to the campus during his time at the university, from the installation of stair lifts to the construction of whole libraries, but he remains as one of the most constant parts of students’ lives at the institution.
He still insists on using typewriters when he is in the office which he has occupied for the last 40 years, one of the traditional comforts that make his days teaching English at Arkansas State University so enjoyable. As well as seeing the campus change and grow, such as in the addition of the Reng Center, he has seen thousands of students come and go. When he started in 1963, 3,508 students came to the university, a number which has now risen to well over 14,000.
Sitting down in riser recliner chairs with a cup of tea is one woman’s secret to longevity, and as she celebrated her 100th birthday this week, it certainly seems to have worked for her. Selina Broad from Harrow, London celebrated her centenary this week and was joined for a cup of tea and slice of cake by friends and family from all across the globe.
Selina and her family celebrated the milestone with family who had come from as far as Australia, and they all sat down to a cup of her favourite beverage before she was presented with a cake in the shape of a knitting basket.
The celebrations did not end there; her family organised for the Ruislip Operatic Society to visit her home and perform a few songs, and the Mayor of Harrow also came by to pass on his good wishes. Continue reading
A recent study undertaken by the North Carolina State University has revealed that playing video games when we are older can actually make us happier. Dr Jason Allison, leader of the project, said that the research suggested that there is a legitimate link between gaming and “better well-being”.
The study involved 140 people aged 63 and over, 61% of whom played video games regularly and 39% of whom did not play video games. Higher levels of well-being were reportedly experienced by those who liked to play video games, whilst those who did not tended to feel more negative emotions.
Technology appears to be improving our lives every day, whether in the form of stairlifts which can help us get around more easily or through gaming which can apparently make us feel happier. Continue reading
A 92-year-old woman from Quincy, Illinois has recently hit the headlines as she is continuing to work in the restaurant business, even though she is about to celebrate her 93rd birthday. Arlene Hale has worked in restaurants for over 70 years and has become one of the heroes of her local community in the process.
She has worked at the Hampton in Quincy for the last 9 years, and before that she worked at the Patio restaurant for 42 years. During that time, she has turned up at 3.15am everyday without fail in order to get the day’s preparation and baking done.
Arlene is perfectly happy to get up at such an early hour, just as long as she can return home and have a hot shower using walk in showers before sitting down to a cup of tea. Continue reading
A woman from Santa Barbara in California was recently seen enjoying the comfort of chairs for the elderly in front of millions of people. 105-year-old Edyther Kirchmaier was recently seen on two popular American chat shows: The Ellen DeGeneres Show and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Edyther Kirchmaier recently celebrated her 105th birthday and had appearances on both television shows to mark both her longevity and incredible good health. Both shows have huge fan bases and millions of people tuned in to see the centenarian appear with the hosts and hear about what she has seen and done throughout her life.
Scottish residents of the East Lothian who need to use wheelchairs to get around will soon be able to enjoy one of the favourite outdoor activities in Britain: cycling. A number of organisations have been involved in creating a specially designed bike which will see users of stairlifts be able to use the various great cycle routes in the country.
The specially adapted bike has been praised by Scottish disability charity Beyond Boundaries East Lothian, sports centre enjoyleisure, East Lothian Council and Quest 88, a developer of outdoor products for adults and children with disabilities.
The bike has been adapted to offer a platform for a wheelchair user to rest on and can be ridden by a more physically able person, allowing both people to enjoy a refreshing cycle in the countryside. Continue reading
The Department of Health has announced that it will be introducing measures to improve the care of patients when in hospital, particularly in terms of diet. A spokeswoman from the Department of Health told the Sunday Express that the measures will “root out bad practice” and help make sure that patients get the level of care that they deserve.
The plans were recently devised after it was revealed that a number of patients were leaving hospital in a severely weakened state due to being under-nourished and dehydrated. The number of patients leaving hospital in 2011 suffering with malnutrition reportedly rose to 5,558.
More inspections in hospitals will be introduced by the Care Quality Commission to help maintain standards, and £100 million is being invested in IT services according to the Department of Health. Continue reading