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Denied life-saving drugs because of cost

lab technician performing tests

It seems almost unbelievable to people in our generation that fabulous cures are available for medical problems but we can’t have them because they are too expensive.



Silver Travel Advisor Article:

Are you, like me, done with airport hassle? I simply cannot stand in another queue at some ungodly hour, shoes off, clutching my trousers as now beltless, whilst trying to grapple my laptop out of my rucksack and pop my lipstick in a plastic bag that’s always too small or won’t close properly! No more can I do it. It is Great Britain for me this year. And upon investigation, there are some seriously good holiday options available.

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Health food of the month - Noodles

plate of noodlesStir fry is such a normal item on menus today that is hard to believe that when many of us were kids, this didn’t feature at all in normal family meals, or even in general restaurants. Today of course stir fry is a hugely popular meal, featuring all sorts of ingredients but usually based around noodles.



Take a look at this month's recipe inspiration for starters, mains and desserts.

Vietnamese Beef Pho SoupKing prawn chow meinPomegranate creams 

Lakeland are the leading supplier in kitchen and homewares and we've teamed up with them to bring you a selection of vegetarian recipes.


Gluten Free Maple and Pecan Cookie Creams by Phil VickeryThis is another recipe that can be dairy free. Any nuts will work. I sometimes use pine nuts for a different texture.


Travels with Alice:
Georgia and South Carolina

Gracious Southern Living and She-crab soup

Jekyll Island: Alice and Jeanne

How about Georgia and South Carolina,” Alice says. Even though Alice and I have grown up and traveled widely in the US, neither of us had ever been to these south eastern Atlantic seaboard states. 



Chimney fires are not
a thing of the past

man fixing a chimney

Just when we think the British winter is over, another cold spell can snap in. With fires and wood burning stoves now common place, we can get so used to having them merrily burning away that we forget the dangers of chimney fires.

Yet Fire and Rescue Services across the UK will confirm that they attend hundreds of chimney fires every year.

Chimneys are an integral part of fires in the home. When fuel burns, it releases numerous gases.  Hot air rises so a good chimney above a fire will ensure these gases will rise and be carried safely away from your home and living room. You also need air to filter in to feed the fire with oxygen. Having a nice clear chimney will help draw in the flow of air and ensure the fire burns well and safely.



Derry Londonderry

Winding walls, compact character, fabulous food and history to get your teeth into. Meet a legenDerry city.

Londonderry collage

Some advice: don’t just visit Derry~Londonderry, live it. Don’t rush the walls, stroll them. Don’t scan the Guildhall, drink it in. First time here? Take a tour and meet the locals. Hear the Foyle River thunder under the Peace Bridge, drool over hot-buttered soda farls in your new favourite café, and follow your ear to best traditional music session in town.

Don’t stand on the sidelines in the Walled City, be part of it. You’ll be glad you did.



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Now we have developed a very comprehensive Online Retirement Planning course, covering both lifestyle and finance, which draws on the extensive experience of delivering face to face courses to the many thousands of delegates each year. By providing alternative paths and optional levels of detail it is applicable whether you are within a few years of retirement, in your first years of retirement, or are still 10-15 years away.


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Current LaterLife Articles

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Jennie's special offers direct to you from Silver Towers

Dear Silver Travellers

We simply cannot believe just how fast January has sped by. Snowdrops are appearing all over and crocuses are making a push for freedom too! In fact, outside Silver Towers a lone daffodil has been spotted, although it is extremely nippy out there! And it won’t be long before the spectacular Keukenhof Garden in The Netherlands are in bloom, with acres of tulips to be enjoyed.

Later in the year, in early October, Somak Holidays are hosting our exclusive, first-ever, 9 night silver safari in Kenya. Sample the fauna of this incredible country, the ‘Big Five’ included, along with the migration in the Masai Mara – an extraordinary annual event which is unforgettable! Add to this many unique extras which Somak are offering our Silver Travellers, and it will be the trip of a lifetime, at an exceptionally good value price.

Visit our homepage and take a look at the carousel, there are competitions, ship visits and our free holiday prize draw to Croatia, as well as new reviews and features added every day. So many reasons to keep coming back to Silver Travel Advisor!



Gardener's Diary

This month's Gardening Tips: Jobs to do this month and Sowing vegetable seeds

In association with The Royal Horticultural Society - the UK's leading gardening charity dedicated to advancing horticulture and promoting good gardening.



Travels With Alice -
Georgia and South Carolina

Gracious Southern Living and She-crab soup

By Jeanne Davis, written in her usual thought provoking and entertaining style

Jeanne's column gives a personalized viewpoint on her recent travels. Insights into human behavior are mixed, in inimitable Jeanne style, with great locations and underlying humour.


Father Christmas cupcakeLovely and light and perfect with a cup of tea, these orange and rose water shortbread fingers are the ideal mid afternoon snack. As this recipe uses Truvia, they are only 130 calories per finger.



Have a look at some of the latest job opportunities

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Finding a job when you are over 50

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Volunteers' Stories

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This article series will bring you stories from their volunteers about their inspirational experiences...



Relationship Column:

Over my career I certainly met plenty of people who were finding those changes hard. I know I found my transition difficult and missed my counselling and training work very much. I missed the brilliant and supportive colleagues in our shared office/sitting room, I missed the routine, and the wonderfully courageous people who trusted me to be alongside them as they struggled to make sense of their problems.


A series focused on helping us enjoy technology products for years to come

This month we look at the safety of kids' headphones.

Kids' headphones - what protection do they offer for young ears?
What is a computer healthcheck and do I need one for my PC, laptop or tablet computer?
Pressure Cooker Tips

More KNOWHOW Articles

Dramatic tension – dynamic still lifes with Alison Rankin

Falling Apples and Pearl Knife III

I am passionate about still-life painting and place a great emphasis on light, colour and composition. I love conveying the weight and texture of fruit and vegetables, creating a classic and sensuous still-life feel. Textures, shapes and colours are harmoniously combined to elevate the mere domestic to iconic status.


Visit Scotland

Do you enjoy hearing tales of the past, exploring historical sites or tasting traditional delicacies that have been hand crafted for generations? Then 2017 - Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology - is the year you MUST visit Scotland.

Celebrate Scotland's Year of History Heritage and Archaeology in 2017
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LaterLife Travel

Award winning travel writers, broadcasters and photographers Hugh Taylor and Moira McCrossan spotlight destinations and topics in the Travel Guide

Hugh Taylor Moira McCrossan

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Health food of the month
- Noodles

Stir fry is such a normal item on menus today that is hard to believe that when many of us were kids, this didn’t feature at all in normal family meals, or even in general restaurants. Today of course stir fry is a hugely popular meal, featuring all sorts of ingredients but usually based around noodles.




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Current Competitions:

Enter the February Prize Draw

Amacello Regensburg

This month our prizewinner and partner will win a 7 night Enchanting Rhine river cruise, including flights and transfer to/from the ship, from award winning AmaWaterways. 


Competition closes on the 28th February 2017

Win Free State of Jones on DVD!

Free State of Jones DVD

Banding together with other small farmers and local slaves, Knight launched an uprising that led Jones County, Mississippi to secede from the Confederacy, creating a Free State of Jones.

We have 3 DVDs to give away!

Competition closes 28th February 2017

Win I, Daniel Blake on DVD!

I, Daniel Blake DVD

Daniel Blake has worked as a joiner for most of his life in Newcastle. Now, for the first time ever, he needs help from the State. He crosses paths with single mother Katie who is battling to keep her two young children fed. Daniel and Katie find themselves in a no-man’s land, striving to pull themselves out of the welfare bureaucracy of modern day Britain.

We have 3 DVDs to give away!

Competition closes 28th February 2017

Win Urban Hymn CD soundtrack
or the film on DVD!

Urban Hymn

Set against the backdrop of the 2011 British summer riots, Michael Caton–Jones’ URBAN HYMN is a redemptive coming-of-age story set in South-West London and follows wayward teen, Jamie (Letitia Wright). Encouraged by inspiring and unconventional care worker Kate (Shirley Henderson) to use singing as a release from her troubled life, Jamie’s loyalties soon become torn between Kate and her possessive and volatile best friend, Leanne (Isabella Laughland).

We have 5 CD soundtracks and 1 DVD to give away!

Competition closes 14th March 2017

Win a 30 piece BBQ set worth £50
from HotSpring World
- the Hot Tub Professionals!

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We have two 30 piece BBQ sets to give away!

Competition closes 15th March 2017