Ageing well in Greater Manchester

Greater Manchester is the UK’s first city-region to receive World Health Organisation age-friendly status. This honour, awarded in 2010, recognises the region’s ambition that “as citizens age they remain independent, able to maintain good health, strong social and cultural connections, and have access to healthy, good quality employment.” There are many things that are great … Continued

Leukaemia symptoms – or just “old age”?

Colin Harper had been feeling a little tired before diagnosis, but put that down to his age. It was only when he noticed blood in his eye that he became concerned. Read on to find out how Colin’s quick-thinking saved his life. I was a tennis coach for many years and still played five times … Continued

Alice is supporting Spot Leukaemia!

When Alice was told she had leukaemia, she assumed she’d been handed a death sentence, but that thankfully wasn’t the case. Here, she shares her Spot Leukaemia story. I was 66 when I was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL). My only symptom prior to diagnosis was a small lump on the right side of … Continued

Alan’s leukaemia story

It started with a persistent sore throat. I thought it would be OK by the time I would be going skiing in 10 days, but it was no better. On my return, I went to see my GP on a Monday morning. My GP insisted it was “a very mild infection.” I explained I was … Continued


Over 65s and Leukaemia: Leukaemia Care x OPAAL Why we need to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of leukaemia in the 65+ community Contrary to popular belief, nearly 65% of all leukaemia cases are diagnosed in people aged 65 and over; leukaemia is not just a childhood disease.  Despite this statistic, older patients … Continued