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Welcome to the rest of your life!
in this issue...
Age is a funny thing that seems to happen to other people – just when did those children become adults with children of their own? But age also occasionally becomes visible out of the corner of one's eye as one passes a mirror. It is not, though, time just yet to reach for the wrinkle cream, but instead let us pause for a moment and reﬂect on how life has changed. 50 years ago, a 50-year-old man looked like an old man; 60 years ago, a 60-year-old wearing jeans was a cowboy; 70 years ago, wireless was something that a 70-year-old listened to; 80 years ago, an 80-year-old would already have lived 20 years longer than the average life expectancy. We are not just living longer, though, we are spending longer living; we are much more likely to be much more active, both mentally and physically, for much longer. All the above is by way of saying that, whilst those in their 20s and 30s are becoming infantilised by wearing 'onesies', those who have passed their 50th year are not 'not acting their age', they are simply enjoying the fruits of their labours and not allowing their actions to be determined solely by their date of birth. Welcome to the rest of your life; this is Senior Living… be sure to enjoy it!
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The medical and social care professionals agreed with us that the time had come for residential care, so we faced the next big question for the sandwich generation: how on earth do you choose the right home for your elderly parent? The answer is that you can follow all the advice, visit dozens of homes and ask all the right questions, but you just don’t know until after she has moved in. It is not only a matter of checking the facilities; even the least paranoid of us has read of ‘elder abuse’ in places like Winterbourne View, so the weight of responsibility is huge. We found a delightful home in the nearest town to my mother’s village. The staff were unfailingly kind and competent, the place was
clean and bright, and to her credit, my mother went there in a positive frame of mind, prepared to make a success of the new arrangement. Within a week, though, it was clear that it wasn’t working. Nobody was at fault, but my mother moved to a nursing home near my brother and sister in Hertfordshire, where she is today, cared for brilliantly and as happy as she is likely to be anywhere. We have been very lucky in being a large family; the pressure on an only child is hard to imagine. We have been able to spread the load, one of us dealing with financial matters and having power of attorney, another liaising with the domestic care agency, another being the contact for the GP and other medical professionals, and so on. At the same time, there is potential for deep family strife at a worrying, emotional time. Fortunately, we all get on well and have felt able to express our views while accepting that the only concern is the best interests of our mother, and that those would not be well served by creating divisions through a refusal to compromise. Our main lesson from the experience is the rather depressing one that there is no good solution to the problems of an elderly parent who needs increasing levels of care; the most one can hope for is to find the least bad one. Her quality of life is inevitably going to deteriorate along with her physical and mental health, to the point where one wonders why so much effort is put into warding off conditions which a century ago forestalled the miseries of old age; pneumonia used to be known as ‘the old man’s friend’. My mother has said often in the last year that she hoped the Lord would take her during the night, and it would be difficult to regard it as a tragedy if He did. The tragedy is the slow decline of an independent, spirited old lady into a sad, confused geriatric, but it is one with which the sandwich generation increasingly has to deal.
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...about a thing Every aspect of Dunwood Court has been carefully planned and considered to make retirement living completely worry free.
The seven remaining apartments are individually designed with generously proportioned rooms, extra wide hallways and spacious bathrooms bedrooms and wet-rooms. The development also boasts a residents lounge, kitchenette, two guest suites, physiotherapy and hairdressing facilities. Based just 5 minutes by car (or our own minibus) from the centre of Romsey, Dunwood Court offers rural living in extensive grounds with beautiful views over the surrounding countryside.
It is specifically designed for people over 65 who want to enjoy independent retirement living in their own luxury home, but, remain secure in the knowledge that care and support are immediately available on-site, if and when they may need it. Plus our unique house swap offer gives you full market value for your existing property (and there are no caveats or clever smallprint) or cash buyers can get up to £43,000 discount. While our free move service and 2 week window to move your belongings from your old property to your new one, all help take the stress out of moving.
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FITNESS IS a little bit like laundry, do a little bit regularly and it is easy to keep on top of things; leave it too long and you'll end up having to buy new clothes! An absence of fitness doesn't happen overnight, it sneaks up on you until you find yourself sweating and breathless; likewise, a return to fitness doesn't have to be done in one intense session… with the same results. One of the alternative names for RSI (repetitive strain injury) is SPOD: Static Posture Overuse Disorder. This, though, is a term which could validly be applied to the sedentary lifestyle which it is all too easy to slip into – not only when the daily imperative of getting up and going to work goes away, but equally when one is sitting at a desk, sitting in a car from home to work and sitting down at home. There are serious health implications of this kind of lifestyle – significantly exacerbated by smoking and poor diet – not the least of which are, in no particular order: heart risk, stroke, pulmonary problems, disturbed sleep, digestive issues and feeling tired. In much the same way as the word 'pension' is boring, 'exercise' has a feel of punishment to it. It conjures up images of sweaty gym bunnies and lonely joggers looking bright red and miserable in the sleet. There is no doubt that exercise as an end in itself can be quite difficult to get into, but strangely (and not wholly healthily) addictive once one is dedicated to it. The key to improving and maintaining fitness is not to look upon exercise as the goal. Taking a stroll by the sea on a beautiful day sounds a lot better than exercise; communing with one's dog on a walk
in the woods sounds much more fun than pumping iron; playing with one's grandchildren is much more rewarding than sitting on an exercise bike… as is, incidentally, actually getting on a bike to go for a pub lunch in a country village. The key to fitness is not to punish oneself with exercise, but to reward oneself with it. Yes, you will get fitter faster if you have a personal trainer who is 'beasting' you into 'another 30 reps of bicep curls', but why would anyone want to be bullied into feeling better? The answer, rather depressingly, is that we often need an external stimulus to help us to start and to continue with a fitness regime. So, for those without a dog, a bike, a personal trainer or grandchildren, what is the best way to get, and to keep, fit? The answer is simple: find someone else who is looking to do the same thing. This might be in the form of group exercises (and your local GP's surgery will often have information on this kind of thing), it might be in the form of taking up a new sport, or re-engaging with one from one's youth. If it is the latter, and this is particularly, but not exclusively addressed to the male readership, do not for one instant think that a lay-off of forty years is perfect preparation for high impact sports; it really, really is not. Overdo it at the beginning, and pain is coming your way. There is a more serious point here. If you start to do high-impact exercise, do remember your knees may be carrying more weight and with less muscular support for your ligaments than was the case when last you exercised seriously; this can lead to injuries.
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An alternative to serious exercise is, well, to exercise in a way that is silly. The Silly Army is a group that meets up every Sunday behind the playground at the Ashley Road entrance in Kings Park in Bournemouth and plays alternative games. There are throwing games, ball games like big tennis and combiball, which are perversions of well-known sports, but huge fun as well as other bizarre takes on what constitutes sport, often involving space-hoppers. The age range runs from students to those who should know better, but it's an incredibly enjoyable way to get fit. If this kind of organised sport seems a little intense, you can take other small steps, literally, to keep yourself fit. A staircase is a cheap gym: go up and down the stairs a few more times than usual. And choosing to walk for any trips of two miles or under can boost your fitness quite quickly. Remember, exercise can be aerobic or anaerobic, so if you are out of breath, that is not a bad thing, it just shows you have been putting effort in; the key to fitness is how quickly you stop being out of breath. At the beginning, this may be quite a while. The more exercise you do, the more quickly you will recover. Suppleness is often one of the first things to 'go' when you have not exercised for a while. You can devote just a few minutes per day to gently stretching your muscles and improving your flexibility. Greater flexibility makes other physical exercise easier, so do try to incorporate this into a daily or weekly routine:
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it could be as simple as gently stretching after a bath or shower, reaching around a bit further with a towel to dry oneself, stretching on tip-toe, or gently reaching down in the direction of touching one's toes. The key is just to try a tiny bit further each time, but without forcing things to the point of agony. Health is not only about fitness and our locomotive powers, which may dissipate over the years without a little maintenance; general health also includes sight, hearing, and dental health. As well as permitting us to keep active in lots of different spheres, having decent sight is a must if one is driving and effective hearing is fundamental to safety when cycling on country lanes. Furthermore, sight testing may reveal early indicators of other, more general, health issues. Defective eyesight is not only annoying and occasionally dangerous, but can lead to headaches and unnecessary pain. Likewise, a poor dental routine, as well as inevitably leading to tooth and gum problems, can lead to pain that is on a different level to practically anything else in ordinary life. Hearing loss can have an altogether more insidious side-effect, if left uncorrected: that of isolation. If you start to avoid situations where there are groups of people as you can't easily understand what is being said, it can be the start of a slow, inexorable move into isolation. Loneliness is a medical issue; it has been estimated that being lonely has the equivalent deleterious health effect as of smoking 100 cigarettes a week! On a less mortal, but equally important note, whilst mishearing or not hearing one's spouse may occasionally have hilarious consequences, it is very, very annoying for the other party, and in may cases is almost entirely unnecessary. Whilst the one-time stigma of wearing glasses has now been reversed to the extent that people without an eyesight problem wear them for fashion reasons, hearing aids (Manchester misery Morrissey, of the Smiths, aside) have not become a fashion item. However, they have come on leaps and bounds in terms of both their effectiveness and their size. The golden rule for health â€“ whether in terms of fitness, pain, sight, mobility, hearing or teeth â€“ is to do something about whatever may be bothering you by talking to someone about it, and then doing something about it. Few things in life are catastrophic if left for a few days; it is, however, all too easy to let a few days become a few weeks, months or years, by which point the minor issue may be a major problem and may be may be too late to resolve.
Yafﬂe Care, a new type of care home, has opened in Broadstone, Poole. The new concept brings together over 30 years of nursing home experience of Sarah Jessup and her family with Burwood Nursing Home which they built in the early 1980s. The new home accommodates residents with varying degrees of nursing care including dementia and is based on the idea that residents not only receive nursing care but also stimulation and variety, so they can continue to enjoy doing the things that they always have done. There are separate facilities for different activities, which means that family members can also be involved. You can go with your family to the 1920’s styled theatre to see a show or a movie, to the Railway Tavern for a game of cards and a ploughman’s lunch or bake some scones in the residents' kitchen. Mealtimes are important daily occasions. At Yafﬂe, the open-plan dining room allows residents to see their food being prepared, cooked and served, and they can also let the chef know what they would prefer to eat and how they would like it cooked.
The New Yaffle Care Nursing Home
Quality Care in a homely environment We are a family run care home in Broadstone, Poole. We provide all aspects of nursing care, including dementia, within a new purpose built 42 bed home set amongst beautiful woodlands. The direct involvement of our family on a day to day basis means that we provide care of the highest quality within a homely environment.
Yaffle Care offers: 24 hour nursing care including dementia Own minibus providing regular excursions Spacious and light rooms with private balconies Comprehensive activities schedule Extensive communal space including dining rooms, hair salon, pub, music hall, library and activities rooms. Aromatherapy and hydrotherapy treatments All bedrooms with digital television, internet access and telephone Ensuite wet rooms to bedrooms Convenient location with a bus stop right outside Real home cooking in our open plan kitchen Wonderful and loyal care staff
All bedrooms are attractively furnished and include modern comforts such as: an ensuite wetroom; a television with internet access; an electric, proﬁling bed and ceiling hoists to facilitate the safe and comfortable movement of less-mobile residents. Other facilities include kitchen/diners on each ﬂoor, hydrotherapy and aromatherapy bathing, a hairdressing salon and the Chinese Library, which has a ﬁsh tank looking through to the open-plan lounge. Yafﬂe has its own minibus enabling regular outings to local attractions such as Wimborne Market, local garden centres and Poole harbour boat trips, which are always very popular.
www.yafflecare.co.uk Come and see the new home and our refreshing approach to care based on activities, stimulation and the love of nature. Drop in anytime and we shall be pleased to show you around. 100 Dunyeats Road, Broadstone, Dorset BH18 8AL
100 Dunyeats Road, Broadstone, Poole, Dorset BH18 8AL
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Volunteers crucial in helping older people to beat loneliness. Research published has shown that around 10% of older people over 65 are chronically lonely in the UK. This means they are lonely all or most of the time. This has the same health impact as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Local charity Brendoncare offers a solution to this problem by running over 20 friendship and well-being clubs across Dorset. The clubs are tailored to the needs of the communities they serve. They provide a relaxed environment where people over the age of 60 can meet and share common interests. Crucial to the success of these clubs is the hard work and dedication that volunteers bring. With new clubs opening all the time the need for new volunteers has never been greater.
Club locality Manager Tony Hanson said: ‘Clubs in Dorset are thriving. We’re delighted to have opened our ﬁrst ever club in a pub earlier this year. Brendoncare clubs are small, intimate and friendly and the members get a big say in how the club runs and the activities that are provided. We want to grow the number of clubs across Dorset but we need many more volunteers to meet the demand. If you have a couple of hours spare each week then we’d love to invite you to come along and discover more about our clubs.’
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Would you like to join a friendship club for people in the South? Brendoncare Clubs are devoted to giving older people the opportunity to meet new friends, take part in activities and enjoy club outings. Here are just a small selection of clubs running in your area. Why not come along and try out one of the activities and see how you can become a member....we’d love to welcome you there. Whistlestop Club West Moors Memorial Hall, 231 Station Road, West Moors, Ferndown, Dorset BH22 0HS Tuesdays, 2pm-4pm
Penny’s Friendship Club St Mary’s Church Hall, Church Road, Ferndown, Dorset BH22 9EU Wednesdays, 2pm-4pm
Castle Club Waterford Lodge Hotel, 87 Bure Lane, Friars Cliff, Christchurch, Dorset BH23 4DN Mondays, 2pm-4pm
Juniper Jumpers Bure House, Loring Road (off Jumpers Road), Christchurch, Dorset BH23 2AZ Tuesdays, 2pm-4pm
Alpha Club Greystones Hall, Waterford Road, Highcliffe, Dorset BH23 5JL Wednesdays, 2pm-4pm
Bright Sparks Hamworthy Community Library, Blandford Road, Poole BH15 4BG Thursdays, 2pm-4pm
We really enjoy our weekly meetings, this club is great and we thank Brendoncare for making it possible. Margaret Townsend
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Where to go and what to do E`Zb:_liZ_`cc\oXd`e\jfgk`fej]fib\\g`e^Yljp WITH MORE time to do the things you want to do, life after 50 is a golden age to be enjoyed without the everyday responsibilities of being a parent or homemaker. Increasingly active and getting more out of life, the over 50s are expected to account for around 40 per cent of Dorset’s population by 2015 and the activities available to them are evolving to reflect that. Whether through extended learning, developing a sporting life, helping others, discussing the issues of the age, or simply getting out there and making the most of time, current and future generations of older adults are more active and engaged than they’ve ever been. Learning for its own sake is one of the joys of older age and explains why the University of the Third Age (U3A) courses are so popular with the over 50s. Local U3As are self-managed learning co-operatives for older people no longer in full time work that offer opportunities for members to share learning in a wide range of interests and to pursue their love of learning for pleasure. No qualifications are required for admission and none are given since fellowship and a desire to learn are the essential features and courses often develop by consensus as small groups of members gather to study. Activities – be they academic, cultural, physical or recreational – may change to suit the strengths and abilities of group leaders and the local members’ interests. Allied to this, though not restricted by age, the Café Scientifique movement takes learning out of the traditional academic environment and meetings often take place in restaurants, bars, café or theatres where, over coffee or wine, participants can explore new ideas in science and technology with a guest speaker and lively debate. Dorset has Cafés Scientifique in Bournemouth and Dorchester where recent discussions have included the use of prosthetics in sport and Dr Robert Sheldrake expounding on the theories in his book The Science Delusion. Less academic, but no less enlightening, research online has driven the boom in genealogy and Dorset is blessed with many groups that minister to the growing enthusiasm for tracing family histories. Encompassing absolute beginners as readily as experts, the Dorset Family History Society is a member of the Federation of Family History Societies with its network of contacts throughout the country. The Society, which is run from Poole's Treetops Research Centre, organises a programme of talks and discussions on particular aspects of genealogy, as well as regular coach trips to destinations such as the National Archives at Kew. There’s also a monthly computer group that offers guidance for online researchers. Of course, one of the principal joys of having time
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often choose the same meal over and over again), what you lose in the starter and main course, you can get your revenge for in the desserts, which is where female partiality tends to be greater. There will inevitably be failures – or other factors that further restrict the selection; those taking statins or other medicines may be unable to select certain menu items. But it is surprising how often an item which might only have been fifth or sixth on one's likely list of selections, turns out to be delicious and can be added to one's home-cooked meals… and remember, the more adventurous you are, the harder it will be for the person who is saying 'Anything but…' the next time around. It is also a good idea, assuming that one is not driving afterwards, to look at the drinks which one selects to accompany one's meal. If the restaurant has a sommelier, or a 'goes well with' wine list, give it a try. There is no doubt that if budget is the alpha and omega of the dining experience, selecting a wine that contains the word 'house' is always likely, but the difference between a house wine and one of the other items on the list is often really not that much… and if you think the recommendation is a lousy one, you can always take the difference from the tip! Once one has accepted the idea of variety and change in eating, the health benefits can start to accrue: getting one's five a day is a lot easier if one is eating lots of different meals: if mince and chips is on the menu, again, all of those five-a-day need to
be derived from elsewhere. Oh, and cows are not concentrated greens, neither is wine concentrated grapes, nor (outside the USA) does ketchup count as one of your five a day. Too much of anything is bad for you, that's why it's called too much! But very few things in food terms are evil. If you like salt, feel free to add a little, but ensure that you don't add it to already very salty prepared foods, and avoid snacks with high salt content. If you like butter, eat butter, but don't overdo it; if you dislike eating fruit, but are happy drinking fruit juice and eating veg, that's fine too. One needs a certain level of hydration during the day, but there is no need to sluice one's system out with expensive bottled water every day: food contains water, as does milk and tea and coffee. Some people counter that coffee is a diuretic… so what? Are they planning to keep all that water on board permanently? There is also a good deal of smoke and mirrors about food marketing. So-called superfoods may be good for you, but most things are in moderation. There is no single ingredient which will cure all ills: anyone who says differently is trying to sell you something. Likewise, when someone is trying to sell the idea of convenience, consider firstly how convenient it is. Washing-up aside, is a meal which takes 20 minutes to cook in the oven more convenient than one which takes 20 minutes to cook on the hob? And one doesn't have to think terribly hard to recall that when this convenience is sold at a knock-down price, there is probably something else going on. Have a think about the cost of food in general; 'value-added' foods, like premium yoghurts, are pretty much all marketing and profit. If you are paying a lot for a single ingredient – say fresh, locally sourced meat – then there is a good reason for that cost; it is likely to be of better quality and taste than the homogenised, artificially red and under-aged meat one gets wrapped in plastic. So the moral of this piece is: be informed about what you buy, be creative about what you cook and be relaxed about what you eat. Bon appetit!
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THE BENEFITS of exercise, being outdoors and gardening are widely documented – gardening is, for example, used as an alternative to heavy doses of anti-psychotic drugs in some low-security mental institutions, and as a means of bringing prisoners out of themselves in institutions for young offenders. Not that anyone who loves gardening needs telling this, however, as within the sanctuary of the greenhouse a menial task like potting on can allow one to reach a Zen-like meditative state… or at least forget about the worries of the modern world while one's mind is focused on a mentally unchallenging element of manual work. At times, a good deal of thought needs to be put into one's planning and planting; at other times, when weeding, mulching, mowing and composting, gardening is that most glorious of things: a thinkless task. Gardening is a year-round activity and, whilst some of the enjoyment certainly comes from having a wonderful display or a serene place in which to relax, a greater part of the joy of gardening lies in the pride one feels in knowing that the only reason the garden looks as it is is because of our own labour.. It is not just in the doing of the gardening, though, that the wider therapeutic benefits of communing with the natural world can be accrued. Visiting larger gardens, at stately homes or National Trust properties, is good from an exercise point of view,
positively uplifting and, at some times of year, can almost move one to tears. It can sometimes be a little difficult to figure out how one can translate the grand scale of planting – not to mention the hundreds of acres and decades upon decades of work – one sees at a large formal garden into a context where it will help in one's own, rather more humble plot. If only there were some middle ground where one could bimble around a spectacular garden on a more normal scale, pick up hints and tips, planting suggestions and design inspiration. Well there is: the National Gardens Scheme open gardens. With 3700 gardens nationwide opening at certain times throughout the year, there are very many within the county of Dorset that open to the public (see box overleaf). Not only are these visions easily translatable to a 'normal' garden context, but, depending on which you visit, there are many which will share soil types, drainage issues, wind direction and microclimate with your own garden. Best of all, the gardeners themselves are often on hand to explain what works and what hasn't worked, thereby saving you from making expensive planting mistakes. For the less keen gardener – or one who doesn't necessarily enjoy the cycle of manual labour
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also so you are drawing someone into the garden, so that they are eager to discover what lies beyond a hedge, trellis, fence or pergola. Remember, too, that merely because gardening is good exercise, and that you have some dramatic ideas for how to transform your garden, does not mean that you yourself have to do – both literally and metaphorically – all the heavy lifting. There is no shame if you find lawn mowing dull, rather than a route into meditative bliss… get someone else to do it. If you don't feel like putting eight tons of hardcore scalpings, old wool carpet, manure and topsoil into a raised bed – or indeed making the raised bed in the first place, then get someone who enjoys the physical and DIY side of things to do it. Gardening is fun, at all costs avoid doing things which take away from that concept.
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Save, invest, borrow or spend? <i`Z9cXZb\oXd`e\jk_\fgk`fej]ficXk\i$c`]\]`eXeZ\ THE LOVE of money may be the root of all evil, but having a heathy disrespect for living in abject poverty is certainly not one of the seven deadly sins. Most of us lie between these two extremes with the current generation in, and approaching, retirement riding the crest of a wave in terms of pension provision, certainly when compared with those that came before and those that will come afterwards. The huge majority of those already retired will have either a finite pot of money or a fixed income with which, no more employment opportunities being possible, they will have to live on until the end of their days. For those approaching retirement, there are more options, but these are also constrained by the single most important factor of any investment: the point at which one sells an investment or buys an annuity to give a monthly income. Not knowing precisely what state an investment will be in in a few years' time can be frustrating and can cause real-life financial problems. As was all-too-clearly demonstrated by the international ratings agencies' 2006/2007 motto 'Everything is going great guns… er, hang on a minute, no, everything's terrible', looking even a short distance into the future can be problematic, whether one is a supposed expert or not. When one is an individual, the import of decisions taken in a moment of exuberance can have an impact long into the future. The English language is peppered with useful idioms for the decision-making process surrounding money management. In Alice in Wonderland, the White Queen explains to Alice that: 'The rule is, jam to-morrow and jam yesterday – but never jam to-day', which is as good a metaphor for the current government's austerity measures as you are likely to find. John Maynard Keynes used 'jam tomorrow' to mock excessive saving and its effect of causing stagnation in the economy, but one supposes he
wasn't down on his uppers personally when talking about this. But in this world of historically low interest rates for savers, just what is the best thing to do with one's money: to save, to invest, to borrow or to spend? Reaching into the book of financial clichés once again, the maxim: 'Cut your coat according to your cloth' is one with which we are all familiar. Buying what one can afford and no more, has been inculcated into anyone of a certain age, but is it right? One of Jean Paul Getty's maxims was 'buy that which appreciates, lease that which depreciates'. It is just that little bit harder to determine what will appreciate these days. If your money is earning practically no interest in a savings account in number terms it could be better to spend it on something which, if not appreciating in terms of being an investment, will certainly increase in price by more than the increase in savings over a given period. In terms of investments, despite the turmoil in the world economy, the US Stock market is approaching a historical high, but does that mean one should invest in a rising market? Well, Greek and Italian government bonds are offering a pretty good yield at the moment, but investors are hardly proclaiming their virtues from the rooftops. There is risk and sometimes reward in any investment and the golden rule – in investments as in no-limits poker – is that if you are not an expert, don't play. So are there any risk-free investments out there? Investing in domestic energy efficiency is about as close as it gets; many see the installation of solar PV not as a hedge against rising energy prices (although it is that too), but as a fixed return investment over the lifetime of the installation. Equally, one might be tempted to think that with safe investments and savings offering such low returns, might one do better to remove one's money
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and put it to use in other ways? There is one idea, though, which is universally accepted to be an awful one: 'liberating' funds from a pension scheme. Laying aside for a moment the wholly legal schemes, there has been a massive upsurge in fraudulent pension fund liberation. If someone contacts you out of the blue suggesting it, do not, under any circumstances, be seduced into accepting it. Likewise if you get contacted out of the blue with a fabulously tantalising investment opportunity ask only this: 'Why are they contacting me, rather than putting all their own money into it?' The answer is that, like the pension liberation, it's a scam. In terms of genuine schemes to release equity from pension pots, there is still very little but downside to the exercise; the whole point of pensions is that they are the most tax-efficient vehicle for long-term investment. Remove your capital from that tax-free world, and HMRC will want its pound of flesh. It is always easier to turn capital into income than it is to turn income into capital. Savings, like politics, can best be equated to the long, slow boring of dried boards. It is always worth bearing in mind that there are no sure-fire winners when it comes to personal investments; for every person who buys in at the bottom of the market and sells out at the top, there are two people who have sold and the wrong moment and bought at the wrong moment. So are there ways to turn capital into income without losing the capital? One could lend one's children money to buy a house and get that money back as an income, but the word 'lend' in the context of family members nearly always has inverted commas around it. There are very real dangers of a catstrophic family breakdown if things don't work out – and there are plenty of ways this might happen without it being someone's fault.
How much money does one need to see out one's life? The answer needs to be always more than is actually needed. Why? because we no more know the moment of our passing than we do the ebbs and flows of the world financial markets. The odds of successfully calculating how much money one needs to live on until one's ultimate day, and not a penny more, are infinitessimally small. Which leads nicely to the question of care funding and inheritance tax planning. For some, the issue of having something to pass on to their children is massively important – owners of a family business, farmers and landowners. But for others, inheritance is more of an abstract concept; the Government's conversion of the Dilnot Plan from a cap of £35,000 maximum contribution to care costs to a £75,000 cap, not including the 'hotel' costs (ie the cost of shelter and food in a care home environment), means that many of the next generation are reconciling themselves pretty quickly to the idea that if their parents live for a reasonable time, there will simply be nothing left for them to inherit. Cretainly not enough to trouble the inhertance tax 'nil-band' threshold of £325,000. So it seems that whilst it is certainly increasingly difficult to survive, or at least to continue to maintain the living standards we have become accustomed to, in a world of increasing prices and diminishing savings returns, things could be an awful lot worse… we could have been born thirty years later! Perhaps the best thing we can do with some of our money is to treat our family to the occasional day out; after all, it is unlikely they will be in a position to do the same for their children when they come in turn to retire… aged 75.
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bedroom may be put, will naturally be limited to it being 'their' bedroom â€“ even if it is only for three weekends a year. Disabuse them of that notion by asking them fairly early on, which of their childhood items they wish to be put in storage and which they would be happy for you to dispose of. Redecorate sooner rather than later and present them with a fait accompli; it won't in any way improve their reaction, but it will resolve the issue. But this leads us to a bigger question. Once all childhood bedrooms are no longer needed as childhood bedrooms, once the back garden no longer needs to be a football pitch or a children's playground, when perhaps maybe a third of the house is no longer in regular use and when proximity to specific schools or places of employment are no longer issues, is it perhaps time to think whether the house itself is still your 'forever' house, or whether it is time either to think about moving to a house which better suits your needs, or to alter the one in which you are living. Downsizing is a popular activity for those who
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as one suitable for two (or for one â€“ depending on one's circumstances), while equally being able to accommodate the full menagerie that constitutes a family Christmas? If moving to a new area, consider carefully what activities and amenities it has to offer as well. There's no point in moving to a perfect house, only to spend a good deal of one's time travelling to other places for social, leisure and shopping reasons. Perhaps a less painful route is that of adapting one's house; box rooms can be turned into en-suites or walk-in wardrobes, kitchens and decor can be updated now the whirling vortex of small children intent on literally making their mark has dissipated. You can invest in renewable energy installations to mitigate rising energy costs. All this costs money, which brings us back to downsizing in order to liberate capital with which to do these jobs. Whilst energy efficiency changes will eventually pay their way, changing decor is not necessarily going to be anything other than a cost. If one wishes to sellup later, personal choices on decor â€“ particularly on big-ticket items like carpets, bathrooms and kitchens, will need to match any prospective purchaser's tastes, or a buyer will simply see them as things to be redone which will cause the buyer to drop their price to accommodate the necessary expenditure. The final option is that of granny-flatting â€“ converting a property into two discrete, but linked, homes, one of which is the ideal size now, the other part of which can be let-out in the first instance, to bring in revenue, or into which one might choose to move should a child's family choose to move back. Granny flats can be created in a single property, where appropriate, or by building an extension. There are costs to this, but these can be recovered by letting out part of the property. Whatever you choose to do, even if it is nothing at all, it is still always worth exploring all the possibilities, just to make sure that what was once a busy family home does not end up being an expensive white elephant, preserved solely to cling on to a memory of what once was.
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â€˘ Situated near to the beautiful Weymouth coastline â€˘ Comfortable rooms, most with en-suite facilities â€˘ Two lounges â€˘ Spacious new conservatory â€˘ Two 8-person passenger lifts giving level access to all rooms â€˘ Hydrotherapy baths â€˘ QualiďŹ ed massage, aromatherapy & reďŹ‚exology â€˘ 24-hour care for long-term or respite requirements â€˘ Day-care facilities with free transport for the elderly at home â€˘ Complimentary use of our own mobility scooter â€˘ Full and varied programme of events for residents including day trips, visits to shows and Keep Fit to Music held in the home
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The historic building has a long and colourful history dating back to the 16th century and has a very beautiful, secluded rear garden which offers a tranquil area of harmony with nature including water features. Areas with ample seating and level walkways are provided to give both visitors and residents the opportunity to enjoy this area of seclusion. A courtesy car is provided for local journeys and trips to the shops, day trips, afternoons out for a cream tea and trips to local places of interest. We also offer, on a regular basis, gentle exercise and mental stimulation such as armchair keep ďŹ t sessions, quizzes, and musical afternoons. The independent living units are either apartments within the house or purpose-built lodges in the grounds. They all offer one- or two-bedroom accommodation, ďŹ nished to a very high standard and all are ďŹ tted with the nurse call system should help be required. Why not pop in for a chat and an informal tour? The Malthouse Residential Care & Respite Home Bay Road, Gillingham, Dorset, SP8 4EW Tel: 01747 822667 Fax: 01747 821270 www.themalthouse-gillingham.co.uk
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First of all, though, perhaps it is sensible to examine what we mean by mobility. In the abstract, it is a combination of strength, flexibility and stamina: the strength to move oneself around, the stamina to do so over distance and actually to be able to do something once one has got somewhere, combined with the flexibility to get up, turn round, reach up or bend over. The biomechanical process of doing all these things is based on the body's bones, muscles, joints, cartilage, tendons and ligaments all working normally; introduce a weakness – whether in the form of a specific weakness like a hip problem or historical ligament damage, and mobility is reduced. There is another issue, though, that of pain. Sometimes there is a very good reason for pain – a sharp warning from the body that one is about to damage something very important, but there is also a vicious cycle, which comes from pain avoidance. Here the pain may well be real, but its effect is to limit movement further, which weakens muscles, robs the sufferer's body of flexibility, and starts a cycle of movement avoidance that inexorably reduces the scope of the person to move around. Some of this can be caused by lifestyle; the trinity of health bugbears – obesity, smoking and drinking, all play their part in reducing mobility. Extra weight can cause a loss of fitness and place much greater strain on the mechanical functions
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– the symptoms, and the problem will continue to become aggravated. So there are three approaches to dealing with mobility-limiting pain: moderate the behaviour, mitigate the pain, or both. After all, if a friend were to say to you: 'every time I bang my head on the wall, it hurts,' you might quite quickly conclude that it was time for that person to stop banging their head on the wall. On the other hand, if someone gets a shooting muscle pain every time they lean forward brusquely, you might suggest that they practise gently leaning forward to improve their flexibility, not that they stop ever leaning forward. Sometimes, though, there are clearly issues which are not going to go away, and it is time to start thinking about not adapting behaviours, but about adapting the environment in which that person lives, or the way in which that person does certain things. So, if someone is clearly unable to stay standing for a long time, or to get up and sit down without aid, or walk long distances for a reason other than being unfit, it is clearly not a brilliant idea for them to be forced to do it. Neither, though, should that person simply give up doing these things. There are plenty of mobility aids that permit a person to continue largely normally with his or her day-to-day activities, by removing the need for a disproportionate effort into doing something others would consider banal. Lifting chairs, mobility chairs and scooters, frames and support handles around the home may deal a blow to one's ego, but there is nothing more damaging to health than being isolated and unable to do the simplest tasks, particularly when it is entirely avoidable. Grants may be available for adaptations to homes and vehicles to ensure a person can continue with their daily life, not least because health and social care professionals know that nothing is more expensive than in-patient care, and few things better for the mental and physical health of someone than (figuratively, if not always literally) that person being able to stand on their own two feet.
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YOU KNOW you’re getting old when someone asks you to write a column about getting old. In fairness, I’m doing the editor a slight disservice; his request for ‘a wry look at life after 50’ hardly suggests misty eyes, a comfy chair with an antimacassar and a bag full of Werther’s Originals. And 50 is the new 35, although that argument was less successful when trying to overturn a speeding fine. But when it comes to getting old, I have set my personal bar at two specific levels: When the new Pope looks like he could beat me over a 50-metre dash, it’s time to buy a car coat and, secondly, when there is more hair sprouting from my nose and ears than my head, I will buy some elasticated slacks to complement it. I actually blazed a fiery trail through the 50 barrier in 2008 on a night I still can’t remember and I am proud to say that my wife’s 50th birthday two years later was spent turning our knuckles white at Alton Towers. Of course, this is a wonderful county to grow wrinkles. I actually came here to retire in 1987, but my company’s pensions department was adamant that 27 was a bit young to be doing so. No selling job had been needed to lure me to Dorset; the place was in my blood from an early age. We travelled down from Manchester every year for six years; each time it was for the same two weeks of August, the same guest house in Southbourne and the same beach hut. Somehow we managed to ship seven of us – four children, my mum and dad and a flatulent granddad – in the family saloon, presumably with the two youngest strapped to the roof rack with the luggage; to this day, my kid brother still can’t comb his hair forward. It may have flown in the face of European health and safety regulations, but we were tough Northerners and nothing was going to keep us from our holiday in beautiful Dorset. I swear at least two days of the fortnight were taken up with travelling. One time we split up the eight-hour journey with an overnight stop in a lay-by. I can only assume my brother and sister were left on the roof overnight. To be honest, though, I don’t remember much beyond a haze of happy smiles and playing on the beach. I do remember getting into trouble for burying my baby brother up to his neck in the sand, but I now
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