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

Online dating for those aged 60+

One thing that has come out of the pandemic has been a rise in digital competency in older people  – which has also led to growing using in dating apps for people aged 60+. Reports show that older singles are now making great use of the ability to find romantic partners, with just a few … Continued

Why older people should eat the rainbow!

There has never been a better reason for older people to “eat the rainbow” according to a new study. A new research project that kept track of the habits of almost 80,000 middle-aged individuals for over 20 years has now found that those who consumed the biggest range of colourful fruit and veg, were the … Continued

All the lonely people…

It’s not a new idea. In fact the Beatles spoke about “all the lonely people” in their hit song Eleanor Rigby in 1966. The idea that as we age we can succumb to loneliness has been around for a very long time. But what is new, is a study undertaken in Singapore and Japan that … Continued

Why regular medication checks for older people are so important

Here’s a different perspective for you. Did you know, one of the best ways to maintain our health and wellbeing while aging is to be very careful about the medications we take? Unfortunately it can be common for older adults to be taking medications that can be bad for the brain, or increase the risk … Continued

Older people and moving home; things to consider.

It is well documented that moving home can be stressful for lots of people. Even when it is a positive and exciting new adventure there can still be a lot of emotional reasons to stay we are, even if we know that there are many practical reasons to recommend a change. Older people and their … Continued