Archive | July, 2012

It’s official – we are living longer

Getting older also means getting wiser – especially about health and safety. Now, with a new portable device available, it’s easier than ever It’s official! Not only are we all now living longer but we are healthier for longer too. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed in October that the number of centenarians in […]

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To boldly go where no man has gone before

Real men don’t relax, so your intrepid correspondent approached a stay at Champneys with healthy scepticism… but left with a healthier body – and mind. I’m a man, and men don’t relax. We sleep, get over-excited and get tense. Sometimes (women can’t do this) we do all three at once. So when they said “Have […]

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Media watch

Our pick of age-related stories in the news Calling all great-grandparents. Retirement is for pursuing your hobbies and other dreams of selffulfilment, travelling the world, creating the perfect cottage garden or just propping up the bar at the golf club of a lunchtime – correct? Alas, no. According to a report by Butlin’s – yes, […]

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I couldn’t live without…my faithful filofax

So is your Filofax an 80s fashion statement? I certainly like it as an object, even though it’s really battered. Some of the London phone numbers in it don’t have a prefix so it actually dates from the 70s. I was back in Britain having been brought up in South Africa and working at the […]

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Location, Location…

Warm weather really is par for the course at the best golfing hotels and resorts Fancy combining golf with a sunshine holiday? Europe and the US have no end of luxury resorts to choose from, but face increasing competition from Dubai and up-and-coming destinations such as Morocco. And China boasts the world’s biggest golf club, […]

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Diamond’s jewel purpose

With interest rates staying at rock bottom, could diamonds be an investor’s best friend? Diamonds are a limited resource. Easily stored – and beautiful – this most precious of gems is more sought after than ever before, with demand being driven by the newly-rich in China and India. Returns on five-carat diamonds rose by 165 […]

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Money talks

Our round-up of the latest news in finance Home security Two thirds of people would consider using equity in their homes as a source of income in later life, according to research by The Equity Release Council. “Over half of today’s 55-64 year olds believe that their property will play some part in their retirement […]

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The sport where anyone is game

Ahead of this year’s Open at Royal Lytham & St Annes, Deborah Wain looks at the sport and hobby fit for all ages It’s something many look forward to in retirement – the opportunity to play a leisurely round of golf in lush, serene surroundings. And it is one of relatively few sports in which […]

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A driving force

TV, stage and radio stalwart Nicholas Parsons took up golf in his later years and he’s never looked back. Nicholas Parsons took up golf seriously in his 50s and, 30 years on, he can still occasionally be found at the driving range or taking part in a celebrity charity match. Golf was a gentler alternative […]

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Staying off the statins?

This month our health column explores a plant-based option for keeping cholesterol levels under control Statins are a prescription medication used to lower the level of cholesterol in the blood. Cholesterol is critical to the function of every cell within the body; however it can also contribute to the development of blocked arteries, reducing the […]

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