Man Yoga – Diary of a First-Timer… Jonathan Bradley (aged 54 ½)

I’ll be honest. Until a year ago, the idea of taking up yoga would have made me snigger as I put my feet up to watch a self-improving rugby match on TV. The closest I’d come to Eastern philosophy was pondering whether to have two or three onion...

‘We don’t hire people like you’: what happens when you’re out of work and 50-something

It’s all very well starting a brand new career in your fifties if that’s what you wanted to do, but what if you lose your job having been quite happy with it, thank you very much? “When you hit 50, they don’t hire you any more...

“I hid my prostate cancer scare from my wife” – why men’s silence about health can be deadly

Peeing blood made Bob Blair go to his doctor for tests, but he spent a week waiting for the results before telling his wife. Suffering in silence can be deadly, so why do men do it? The saga started with an ordinary 20-mile cycle ride along the...

Smoke or drink too much? The health issues that mean you’ll get a better pension deal

The root cause of the pension crisis that is currently affecting the majority of people retiring in the UK is health: in general, we are simply living too long. Better lifestyles and medical treatment mean huge advances in life expectancy. Today, a...

The dos and don’ts of talking to someone with cancer

Faced with the devastating news that someone you love has cancer, it can be hard to know what to say or do. We’re often not very geared up for emotional response, the British. We don’t always deal with difficult issues like mortality, ageing and...

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