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Keeping fit in bad weather

road cycling

As the temperature drops and the nights draw in, it can be harder and harder to work up any enthusiasm for that lovely walk along the country lanes, or that jog in the local park.



Silver Travel Advisor Article:

The thought of taking a holiday by yourself might appear more than a touch brave, and you’re right! However, we are frequently told that once that first trip is under your belt, nothing could be simpler and you’ll wonder what took you so long. Here are our suggestions for getting started.   

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Health food of the month - Chesnuts

chesnutsApart from their lovely unique taste, chestnuts also offer a range of good things for our health. They are not a powerhouse of super foods, but they do offer useful content.


WaitroseWaitrose Cellar

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

Mushroom & chestnut samosas with tahini dipRooty Chestnut PiesChocolate and chestnut meringues

Mushroom soup

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


Rainbow MeringuesThese pumpkin cupcakes are a great autumn treat and perfect for Halloween parties.



Bodykind Sale!

bodykind October Sale - Up to 50% off

From humble beginnings, and only a handful of quality products, bodykind now has a growing team of dedicated and knowledgeable staff and thousands of premium quality natural health and beauty products to choose from.




Go beyond the gates of Guinness


Ahhhh, the Black Stuff! Guinness is a fabled drink around the globe, sipped from Dublin to New York, Tokyo to Rio de Janeiro. But it was born in Ireland’s Ancient East...



The answer to life, the universe and everything in later life?

This month sees the launch of Probably42, a new idea that we hope will be of particular interest to those of us who are retired.

We hear from many retirees that they would like to continue to use their knowledge, skills and experience (KSE) in some way in retirement.  

Probably42 provides an outlet for that KSE.



AXA Health:
Dehydration – are you at risk?

woman drinking water

Dehydration is a lack of water in the body, which disturbs the careful balance of minerals. This can be caused from many things, such as not drinking enough water, sweating, vomiting or diarrhoea. Left unchecked, dehydration can be serious so it is important you know the symptoms and signs so you can take action quickly.



At Elder, we work to make later years, better years

elderly woman and carerElder is a live-in care company, where a carer moves in with the individual needing care, and looks after them 24/7. Live-in care gives you the peace of mind that your loved one is being personally looked after by a qualified carer, who you get to pick yourself. Your loved one will have the flexibility to continue with their personal daily routine, in the comfort of a familiar environment, near their friends.
It can often be much cheaper than a care home, and there are many different ways to fund it - such as equity release - meaning there is no need to sell the family home to pay for care.

How does Elder help?
We work hard to ensure that you get a carer who matches the specific requirements of the situation. We will then manage the entire care plan, supporting the carer and being available to the family 7 days per week. 

We aim to reduce the stress on the family whilst ensuring the carer is providing an excellent level of care.

Once you begin receiving care with Elder we always stay in touch and operate on a fully transparent basis, constantly looking for feedback to work with you and the carer to make sure we are providing optimal support.


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


Current LaterLife Articles

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This is a special edition of the Silver Traveller brought to you by our partners at Hurtigruten

Norway’s Northern Lights

An unforgettable experience

Make sure you don’t miss it with Hurtigruten’s Northern Lights Promise
The Northern Lights are one of nature’s most spectacular phenomena. Few places on Earth offer better views of the Aurora Borealis than Northern Norway, and with its diverse array of attractions and winter excursions, like snowmobiling, husky dog sledding, Viking discovery or king crab fishing, it’s a magical place to visit.

Our unique Northern Lights Promise is your best guarantee that you’ll see the Aurora. Hurtigruten is so confident the Northern Lights will make an appearance during a 12-day voyage with us in Norway between 1 October and 31 March, that we’ll give you another 6 or 7-day Classic Voyage with half board FREE OF CHARGE if the lights don’t occur. (subject to T&Cs)

Between October and March is prime time for the lights, as they are at their most visible in the auroral zone - an area of continuous and consistent magnetic activity that sits directly above Northern Norway. A journey on board a Hurtigruten ship offers the best way to experience Norway’s Northern Lights. On a 12-day voyage, you will call at 34 ports, 22 of which are within the Arctic Circle so you’ll have plenty of chances to see the greatest light show on Earth.
Photo credit: Stian Klo

Book your Classic Round Voyage now

For more information or to make a booking call 020 8003 9582 or visit



Gardener's Diary

This month's Gardening Tips

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

Enjoy a year of gardening inspiration with RHS membership!

Join the RHS today and you’ll enjoy free, year-round entry to more than 200 spectacular gardens*, including the four RHS Gardens where you can bring a family guest for free each time you visit. Plus, enjoy exclusive access to RHS Shows, a monthly copy of The Garden magazine (worth £54 per year), personalised gardening advice from RHS experts and much more.

All this is yours from just £44.25 when you pay by Direct Debit.

Join online or call 020 3176 5820 quoting 3938.

*Ts & Cs apply – please see above link for details.





Passionate about nature, dedicated to saving it.

This article series will bring you top-class feature content, expert advice on how to find the UK's best wildlife and provide a home for nature in your garden, plus the latest news from the RSPB's conservation work.


Rainbow MeringuesThese pumpkin cupcakes are a great autumn treat and perfect for Halloween parties.



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

Retirement Planning & FinanceA fresh approach to providing financial information

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


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:

Maggi, my grandson, aged 15, spends a lot of time at my house and says he prefers it to being at home. He says he'd like to come and live with me permanently. He has told his mother - my daughter, and her partner and they have laughed it off as not really serious, but I think he is. 

I live alone and get along with him very well, but I'm not sure it is right to allow him to come and live here on a permanent basis. He does have friends but tends to do his homework before he goes out to see them and sometimes just stays here all evening.
I don't think my daughter minds him being here so much as it gives her more time with her young baby, but I don't know about full time.
I'd hate her to think I'm encouraging him to live here.
What should I do?


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

What is a 'Smart' TV?
What are widgets?
The best tablets under £250

More KNOWHOW Articles

How to Paint Lively Watercolours with Liz Chaderton

The Cow with the Zebra Ear, watercolour on Bockingford 200lb NOT watercolour paper, (35x35cm)

I love watercolour and if you are reading this, you probably do, too. Its unpredictability makes it exciting, but it is not for the faint hearted. Just when you think that you have finally made headway, it likes to push back at you. However if you are willing to put a bit of thought in, plan a little, be willing to go with the flow and persevere, watercolour is wonderful.


Autumn and winter seasons might mean cooler weather, but that doesn’t mean Scotland’s offerings of outdoor art are going anywhere. In fact, it’s when the country really becomes filled with creative works. If you’re in the mood to see mind-intriguing and sense-teasing art through interactive installations and immersive technology and want to enjoy the great outdoors, Scotland has got you covered.

10 Enchanting sound and light shows
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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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Designed for the more mature traveller and covers single trip insurance up to age 85 and annual policies up to age 75.

Click here for further information and to obtain a quotation


Health food of the month - Chesnuts

Apart from their lovely unique taste, chestnuts also offer a range of good things for our health. They are not a powerhouse of super foods, but they do offer useful content.


Retirement Seminars, Retirement Courses and Retirement Workshops – what they are and why you need one!
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Current Competitions:

Enter the October Prize Draw

October 2017 Prize Draw
This month, courtesy of our partner, CroisiEurope, our lucky prizewinner and partner could be spending 5 days on the water in and around Venice, staying on a beautiful river cruise ship. This glorious city is one of Europe’s highlights, with stunning architecture, the Grande Canale and tiny canals running across the city between historic villas and palaces. The skyline is a true joy to behold.


Competition closes on the 31st October 2017

WIN Trust Me on DVD!

Trust me

STUDIOCANAL is pleased to announce that the hit BBC One four-part miniseries TRUST ME – a hospital drama with an A&E consultant desperately trying to hide the fact that she’s not a real doctor, complete with a thrilling twist, life or death moments, gory injuries and staff romances – is available now on DVD! To celebrate, we’re giving away 2 copies on DVD!

We have 2 DVDs to give away!

Competition closes 31st October 2017

WIN tickets to new musical sensation Everybody’s Talking About Jamie!

Everybody's talking about Jamie

Jamie New is sixteen and lives on a council estate in Sheffield.

Jamie doesn’t quite fit in.

Jamie is terrified about the future.

Jamie is going to be a sensation.

Supported by his brilliant loving mum and surrounded by his friends, Jamie overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness, into the spotlight.

We have 1 pair of tickets to give away!

Competition closes 30th November 2017



This half term take home GIFTED, the funny, moving and heart-warming family-friendly drama that has it all; feel-good humour, laughter, friendship and romance! The chemistry between Chris Evans and McKenna Grace is heart-felt with a storyline that’s gripping throughout. Beautifully directed by Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer, The Amazing Spider-Man) GIFTED is both poignant and inspiring. GIFTED is available on Digital Download 9th October 2017 and on DVD and Video on Demand from 23rd October 2017.

We have 1 DVD to give away!

Competition closes 30th November 2017

WIN My Cousin Rachel on DVD!

My Cousion Rachel

Roger Michell’s “handsomely crafted and filled with intrigue” (Daily Express) thriller My Cousin Rachel will captivate you from start to finish when it arrives on Home Entertainment this October. This beautifully set period drama will have you jumping to conclusions, before twists and turns hastily bring those assumptions into question. 

We have 2 DVD to give away!

Competition closes 30th November 2017

WIN The Child in Time on DVD!

The Child in Time

STUDIOCANAL is pleased to announce that the gripping BBC One drama The Child in Time – a film adaptation by Stephen Butchard of Ian McEwan’s Whitbread Prize winning novel of the same name, which drew in an audience of 5.7 million viewers when it first aired.

Stephen Lewis (Cumberbatch), a successful writer of children's books, is confronted with the unthinkable: he loses his only child, four-year-old Kate, in a supermarket. In one horrifying moment that replays itself over the years that follow, Stephen realises his daughter is gone.

We have 2 DVD to give away!

Competition closes 30th November 2017