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Unintentional weight loss as we age

Weight is a big subject these days;  no one can have missed the warnings of the serious problems of obesity and being overweight and almost everyone seems to be on some sort of diet or other.
But for many of us, as we age, this problem diminishes and in fact, as the years roll past, a lot of people can begin to lose weight unintentionally.



Silver Travel Advisor Article:

In the summer of 2015, Silver Travel Advisor surveyed their members to find out which holidays were on their wish list. Take a look at the favourites.

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Health food of the month - Sea Bass

Delicate goodness from Sea Bass.

Say you like Sea Bass and it doesn’t really mean a lot. This is because Sea Bass is a general name used to cover lots of different fish which can make it very confusing.



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


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


Bakers can now recreate those American-style Glazed Ring Doughnuts at home by following our Allinson sweet dough recipe in six steps. Best suited to bakers with some experience, these doughnuts make a special after-school treat and go down equally well with adults. Jam fans can also try our simple Baked Doughnuts, also made with Allinson sweet dough.


Ageing Hipster:
Burma October 1976
Part 4: Rangoon

Train trip to Rangoon and the end of the journey

From Meiktila to Thazi it was supposedly only 30mins. Thazi is a railhead on the main Mandalay Rangoon line. Checking with the Station Master, had 2 hours before the 8pm express to Rangoon departs. Local people were everywhere. The line up at the ticket office was so long...



Green woodpeckers

Maybe it's because we mellow with age, or maybe because we might have a little more time to watch and observe, but whatever the cause once people reach a certain age they do seem to take an increased interest in plants, animals and wildlife in general.

We spotted movement at the far end of our barn and there, sitting on the ground, was a half stunned green woodpecker.



IVS: Into the Hills
with Che Guevara

Ciampacavallo and EquiAzione are two associations that join together to offer social services to the local community. 

In Italy social services tend to be outsourced to social cooperatives, not for profit organisations set up for specific social purposes.

They organize rehabilitation activity, sport and ‘ludic practices’ (learning through fun, basically) for disabled people and people with ‘mental, relational or social disorder’.



NEW Online Retirement Planning Courses

Many visitors will already know that LaterLife is the leading provider of open Planning Retirement Workshops.

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.


What’s more, during the launch period, we are offering newsletter subscribers a massive 50% discount on the price. Click below to find out more!

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Planning Retirement Online


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Jennie's special offers direct to you from Silver Towers

We are of course in the middle of the holiday season right now and trust that those of you who are travelling, have a wonderful time. If you’re still looking for a last minute offer, we hope to help below and for early birds, our partners have some attractive deals too.

Winner of the Silver Travel Awards Best River Cruise Line, Emerald Waterways has an enviable reputation and you might like to find out a little more about this relatively new, impressive company.

It’s time for the British Travel Awards again, please do vote for us in the Best Travel Reviews Website – we may be small, however we are independent and we’d be thrilled to win!



Gardener's Diary

This month's Gardening Tips: Jobs to do this month and Greenhouse, conservatory and houseplants

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



Travels With Alice -
Our New Zealand Adventure

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.


Bakers can now recreate those American-style Glazed Ring Doughnuts at home by following our Allinson sweet dough recipe in six steps.



Have a look at some of the latest job opportunities

or read's article about Finding a job when you are over 50.

Including new innovative project assignment approach from

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Retirement Seminars, Retirement Courses and Retirement Workshops – what they are and why you need one!
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LaterLife features editor

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Volunteers' Stories

Founded in 1931, IVS is a non-profit organisation that promotes peace and social justice through volunteering.

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 getting your DVD Player to work with your TV.

Air Conditioning Units - The Facts
Why isn't my DVD Player working with my TV?
What to look for when buying an MP3 player
What does data roaming mean?
How to Detect Wireless Piggybacking?
How to Roll Back to your Previous Operating System?
Using a DVD Recorder
More KNOWHOW Articles

How to avoid overworking your paintings with Haidee-Jo Summers

An overworked painting is usually recognisable by being too stiff, lifeless and lacking in recognisable focus. We just know when we’ve gone too far.


Visit Scotland

Why explore Scotland? We can think of a few good reasons – several in fact! Pay a visit to the nation’s seven cities and experience the unique character and diverse range of attractions of each.

City Breaks in Scotland
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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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Read about the LaterLife Retirement Planning & Finance web site. A valuable resource for you and your children.

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Health food of the month
- Sea Bass

Delicate goodness from Sea Bass.

Say you like Sea Bass and it doesn’t really mean a lot. This is because Sea Bass is a general name used to cover lots of different fish which can make it very confusing.



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Current Competitions:

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This month you could win
a 5 day European
Christmas Market coach break.

What’s included in the prize:

5-day European Christmas Market break by coach for two people departing 27 November or 4 December 2016.

Return coach travel from the prize winner's nearest joining point.

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Traditionally cooked breakfasts and 3-course evening meals.



Competition closes on the 31st August 2016

Win a Criminal DVD!

CRIMINAL follows an unpredictable and dangerous death-row inmate, Jericho (OSCAR® winner Kevin Costner3 Days to Kill), who has the skills and memories of a CIA operative (Ryan Reynolds; Deadpool) implanted into his mind, in a last-ditch effort to stop an international terrorist plot.

We have 3 DVDs to give away!

Competition closes 31st August 2016

Win a Versailles DVD!

Enter the intoxicating world of secrets, betrayal, love and war as the gates of VERSAILLES are opened.

At 28 years old, King Louis XIV of France (GEORGE BLADGEN, Les Miserables) is in sole command of his kingdom, following the death of his mother, Anne of Austria. Louis is a spirited and seductive man, an extraordinary strategist and an utterly ruthless statesman. Louis has a dream, an obsession: to build the most beautiful palace in all of Europe – Versailles.

We have 3 DVDs to give away!

Competition closes 31st August 2016

Win tickets to The Family Travel Show!

Only at The Family Travel Show can you get face-to-face with the best family holiday providers and specialist operators, take advantage of exclusive show-only offers and competitions, gather impartial advice and inspiration, and get invaluable tips and insider information from those in the know – the family travel experts.

You can also discover new fun and interactive show features for 2016 and there will be activities for all the family to enjoy.

Competition closes 1st September 2016

Win a Limited Edition Goody Bag with Swallows and Amazons!

To celebrate the release of must-see family film SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS on August 19th, we’re giving away three limited edition merchandise sets featuring flags, t-shirt, a poster, badges and much more!

Based on Arthur Ransome’s classic novel, Swallows and Amazons is an exciting and heart-warming summer adventure.

We have 3 goody bags to give away!

Competition closes 30th September 2016