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Launching this month - the new Laterlife one-armed bandit

May 2012  

Laterlife one-armed banditOver 500 “What Shall I Do today” ideas!

Do you remember one-armed bandits? What fun they were, popping in a small coin, pulling down the handle to a great whirring noise or musical accompaniment, and then waiting to line up three icons for a major win.

One armed bandits were often known as fruit machines because the icons represented different fruit - line up three pineapples for a big win! They were also known as slot machines because of course we slotted our coins into them.

Today of course these wonderful old mechanical machines of our youth have gone digital - but here at Laterlife we have reinstalled the concept as a brand new fun way of giving us ideas for things to do in our later life.

A recent survey together with other reports shows that along with the major concerns of health and finance, our social life is a very important aspect of our years in retirement. It seems there is a lot of concern about meeting new people and continuing to take part in activities as we age. We are also keen to keep our minds as well as our bodies active.

This has finally led to the team at Laterlife devising and launching the unique Laterlife one-armed bandit! Hidden beneath its whirring clunking and musical accompaniment is a huge resource offering suggestions and information on over 500 “What shall I do today” ideas.

Every time you pull down the handle, the icons will whir around in the traditional manner and when the icons settle, you will “win” three different suggestions on activities to start that very day. The activities cover a range of different themes such as having fun, being active, learning and contributing.

Along with the icons, related information will also appear. For instance, if your selection includes the subject of Indulge in Nostalgia, then there are information and links to cover an incredible range of related areas from the RAF museum to fans of the old Dixon of Dock Green TV programme to classic toy collecting groups.

Suggestions cover the widest range of ideas such as becoming a volunteer at the local Citizen’s Advice Bureau, adopting a tiger, finding good websites for grandchildren, registering as a dog walker, keeping chickens, growing a bonsai tree, learning carpentry, going gliding, helping teach someone to read, go-karting or buying an ordnance survey map to walk your area - the list is endless.

We all know that retirement is a major step change in our lives and we need to rethink how we are going to spend all those days ahead. At our age it is so easy to get into a rut about the sorts of interests and activities we might consider. This new facility is perfect for helping us re-examine our lives and interests, and even better take a brand new step which will add immensely to our health and happiness in the years ahead.

The one-armed bandit is available to play free of charge on

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