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Make the most of later life

Abbeyfield’s mission to enhance the lives of older people. Gym facilities and personal training at a development for older people; whatever next? At Abbeyfield’s new, forward-thinking scheme in Girton, Cambridge, fitness is just one of the wellbeing activities on offer. The UK population now includes some 12,000 centenarians. There are more people aged over 60 […]

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Companionship at Christmas

One charity is preparing to open its doors to those facing the holiday season on their own. Abbeyfield, the charity that provides housing care and services to older people across the UK, is hoping older people that will be alone over Christmas – residents with elderly neighbours living alone, and family members in need of […]

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The best of both worlds

Deciding on a retirement home is easier than ever now you no longer have to choose between health care services and independence. Some 460,000 people in Britain live in care homes. Rather more (550,000) are in sheltered housing. A far smaller but fast-growing number are choosing to rent or buy accommodation that seeks to combine […]

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The gift of sight

New lens gives near, middle and distance vision – and no glare. A UK hospital has become the first in the world to fit a new type of optic lens that promises to restore perfect sight to potentially millions of patients. The first patient to have LEH Trifocal lenses fitted was 74-year-old tennis coach Martin […]

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Comfort, independence and security

The beautiful town of Market Harborough provides a happy home for retirement. Raising a sparkling glass as she laughs with friends, Margie Fone is right to feel safe and secure, though this wasn’t always the case. “I had an aneurysm rupture and needed major surgery,” she recalls. “At the time, I had to call the […]

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The future looks bright

Invasive treatment to revive your vision can be a thing of the past thanks to a new lens replacement surgery Mrs Heather Dixey, 71, lives in Christchurch, Dorset. She spends much of her time walking her Iberian Hound on the beaches of Dorset and in the New Forest. Before retirement she was a practice manager […]

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The best of both worlds

Deciding on a retirement home is easier than ever now you no longer have to choose between health care services and independence Some 460,000 people in Britain live in care homes. Rather more (550,000) are in sheltered housing. A far smaller but fast-growing number are choosing to rent or buy accommodation that seeks to combine […]

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Festive Friends

You dont’ have to be lonely this Christmas, as one charity prepares to open its doors to those facing the holiday season alone T o help combat the increasing trend in festive isolation among older people, Abbeyfield is once again launching its Companionship at Christmas campaign. The initiative is a home-from-home alternative devised for older […]

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Own your future

Dreaming of the perfect retirement home but reluctant to sell your property? It’s time to wake up to the benefits of renting… Finding a practical solution that matches the quality of your retirement living dream may be easier said than done – and renting may not automatically spring to the top of your list of […]

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Building a bright future

The trend for eco-friendly energy is soaring, but that doesn’t have to mean the cost does too The UK has witnessed an explosion in the installation of solar PV systems over the past two years. A switch in emphasis to greener living and government-backed initiatives such as the Feed in Tariff (FiT) have made the […]

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