Archive | August, 2011

Summer’s not over yet

Relive 1066, feast on garlic beer, enjoy the sublime tones of Elgar or let the Red Arrows send a tingle down the spine. A look at what’s on around the UK What’s great outdoors? Those attuned to a more sedate way of seeing the world should flock to the UK Motorhome and Caravan Autumn Fair […]

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There is nothing like a dame . . .

. . . and there’s no one like Joan Bakewell. From ’60s chick to campaigner for the elderly, she’s still making news after five decades in the spotlight It’s a measure of just how busy Joan Bakewell continues to be that it took me three attempts to schedule this interview. Not that the 78-year-old broadcaster […]

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How Doris ‘met’ my mother

My mother has recently been reading Team of Rivals, the biography of Abraham Lincoln written by US author Doris Kearns Goodwin. The heavyweight tome was an acclaimed bestseller and followed an earlier biography of Franklin D and Eleanor Roosevelt which won Kearns Goodwin the Pulitzer Prize in 1995 and which my mother has also read. […]

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Logging on for life

You’re never too old to learn new skills – and when it comes to the internet, it can open up a new world of opportunity At the Mecca Bingo club in Drumchapel, Glasgow, “eyes down” has a different meaning these days for pensioners like Margaret Melvin. Rather than scanning a bingo card for winning numbers, […]

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Putting your money where the house is

With interest rates down in the doldrums, buy-to-let investments are once again an attractive option for savvy savers looking to boost their retirement income For the investor approaching or enjoying retirement, deposit accounts with their paltry rates of return offer little interest (literally), while stock market volatility can make shares an equally unattractive bet for […]

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They’re playing our song

Enjoying music can be instrumental in increasing your quality of life, as growing numbers of older people have found If music be the food of love, then play on – and lower your cholesterol, release pleasurable hormone dopamine and improve hearing ability in the process. That’s what scientists say, backed by an increasing portfolio of […]

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On the move?

Leaving the family home is never easy for an elderly relative but sometimes there’s no choice. Here, three families share their tips After the death of her father, Alison Hammond helped her mother, Mary Brown, 86, to downsize from the family home in Stockport, where she had lived for 45 years, into a sheltered apartment […]

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Downsizing without the misery

Bramshott Place Village offers not only the ideal retirement destination, being easily accessible to SW London via the new A3 Hindhead tunnel, but also a stress-free package to get you there As people age, moving home can be especially stressful – practically and emotionally. Downsizing from a large family home when you have lived there […]

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Smiling all the way to the dentist

Keeping your pearly whites in good order gets harder – and more expensive – as you age. Which is why more of us are successfully seeking cheaper treatment abroad Paul Willmott couldn’t quite believe it. After losing a number of back teeth to gum disease and finding dentures didn’t work for him, the 58-year-old from […]

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Finding friends at Christmas

Older people don’t have to be lonely over the festive season with housing and care national charity Abbeyfield’s Companionship at Christmas campaign Towards the end of summer, families up and down the country start the countdown to Christmas which, for most people, is a time of good cheer and a chance to see family and […]

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