Archive | March, 2012

Senior moment

I made a vow many years ago never to discuss my health with people younger than me. They don’t want to know. Why should they? It’s boring, dreary, unsettling. You can see them thinking, “He’s old, what does he expect . . .” I remember thinking the same when I was young, which of course […]

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Downsize a home, upgrade a lifestyle

Residents of one retirement village get much more than the great restaurants and sport facilities on offer – friendship, security and independence If you are planning to move during retirement and are looking at the options available, this is an excellent time to secure the home and lifestyle that suits you in one of the […]

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Glorious, stirring sight!

Are you in danger of becoming a Toad on the road? Refresher driving courses may be just what you need, says Caroline Roberts Toad of Toad Hall called it “poetry in motion! The real way to travel”. But Toad’s love for his motor was not matched by his skills behind the wheel. As we get […]

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A ray of hope

Eye problems can be terrifying as you get older, but new techniques and drug treatments mean that help is hand, suggests Deborah Wain During a shopping trip, Linda Davies noticed the vision in her right eye had clouded over, which she thought was caused by a stray eyelash. But what began as something seemingly innocuous […]

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A sight without sore eyes

Breakthrough laser surgery that can dissolve cataracts in seconds with less risk of complications than conventional techniques has launched in the UK Millions of British people can look forward to a lifetime of better sight, thanks to a revolutionary treatment that has just been launched at the London Eye Hospital in Harley Street. Offering safer, […]

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Welcome to Oldagia

Sixty is old to most people. Most people are 38. It sounded very old to me when it happened. I couldn’t say it. I’d got used to stuttering out “Fffffffffff . . .” for my 40s and 50s. But the hissssssssssss of 60 was hard to pronounce. It’s senior citizen, weight round your middle, conversations […]

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A right royal souvenir

From monarchs to mere mortals, commemorative coins have been around for more than a century. However controversial or popular they are, one thing remains appealing through the ages – their longevity Commemorative coins are a way to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee that will last longer than a street party, and give you a tangible […]

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Don’t forget the small print

Enjoy a trouble-free retirement by choosing a specialist property – but watch out for extra, unexpected charges Buying a specialist retirement house or apartment can be a fantastic way of easing the burdens associated with traditional home ownership in later life. But anyone thinking of purchasing must remember there are often additional costs, even after […]

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Growing old can seriously damage your wealth

Preparing for the future involves more than just writing a will. The right advice could help you protect what you’ve worked hard for, ensuring an inheritance for your loved ones It’s a certainty that you won’t be around forever. You have probably made plans for your demise by writing a will – a sensible and […]

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Buying a home in the Spanish sun?

If you’re thinking of retiring to Spain, following six simple steps could make all the difference between dream-come-true and nightmare, says Graham Norwood It may not be the best time to live in Spain if you’re Spanish, given its perilous economic state. On the other hand, if you have ever contemplated moving there, now could […]

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