What do your dreams mean?

An invitation to participate in an important research study

There are many answers to the question of what dreams mean, and all kinds of dream interpretation books available. However, we at the University of Greenwich have decided to look at the question scientifically. In this new study, we are looking to see whether recent dreams relate in tone and content to life experiences and events that people are currently going through. We would be most grateful if you would be a participant in our study. To do so you need to remember at least one dream from the past two weeks. It all takes just 10-15 minutes to do, and is completed online. Participants will receive a summary of our key general findings by email, thus if you participate, you will see how you personally contributed to the science of dreaming.

Please click here to start.

If you have any questions, contact Dr Oliver Robinson, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, University of Greenwich, o.c.robinson@gre.ac.uk

Health food of the month: Bananas

bananasBananas are such an accepted part of everyone’s diet that they are rarely given the credit they deserve.


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

Margherita Pizza with Quinoa Crust


Elderflower & Lemon Cake by Juliet Sear

Elderflower & Lemon Cake by Juliet SearPut a twist on a traditional Easter bake with these Prune and Orange Hot Cross Buns from Peter Sidwell. With hints of spices, cardamom and green tea this will definitely be a change from the normal Easter offering. These buns are best enjoyed warm from the oven and smoothered in soft creamy butter.


September Newsletter

If summer colour is all about gentle cooling pastels, then September brings vibrant fire to our gardens. Dahlias will be showing off this month, flanked by asters, rudbeckias and heleniums. Whereas many plants struggled in the heat of our wonderful summer, September’s dews and mists will refresh and revive.




Promoting health and physical activity in older age

Northumbria University is conducting research into positive retirement transition, and they need you!

They are currently looking to recruit participants for a longitudinal study, who are planning to retire soon or have recently retired.

You can help future retirees in planning for a healthy retirement both physically and mentally.

Find out more here


RSPB giving nature a home



RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch is 40!

Blue tit, Parus caeruleus, perched on branch in garden. Co. Durham. October. Ray Kennedy (rspb-images.com)

The RSPB is celebrating 40 years of its’ famous Big Garden Birdwatch. Just one hour every year, for the last 40 years, has made the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch the largest garden wildlife citizen science project.

During that time, hundreds of thousands of people have volunteered their time providing the RSPB with over 8 million hours of monitoring garden birds.



As we age, how much protein do we really need?

Couple behind fish display

Few people really have a clear idea of how much protein they take in every day, what the official recommendations for protein levels are, or indeed what protein really does.

Ensuring adequate levels of protein is easier for meat eaters than vegans and vegetarians.



 Adult worker wasps may be searching for your sugar

Wasps on window against blue sky

At this time of year, wasps can become a real irritation. While they have been around all summer, it is often as the weather begins to cool that they can become their most irritating.



Silver Travel Tips:

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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No "Men" orca, Ibiza or Mallorca

Menorca Walking HolidaysAs a young man, it seemed to me that every night club, disco or party that I attended was totally over run by other single blokes (most of whom were better looking than me), chasing girls who appeared to be in a huge minority. 

Flash forward 40 years and I now run a walking holiday company on the stunning Balearic Islands of Menorca, Mallorca and Ibiza. Around half of the weeks that we organise, are for single people in their 50's 60's and 70's. Now here's the thing. Why has the world done a 180 degree turn in the last 40 years? Along with every singles holiday or activity company that I'm aware of, the participants or guests are 80% female. Often, when we meet a lady walker from the airport, one of the first questions she asks with a forlorn and rhetorical look in the eyes is "How many men are there in the group"? When my response is "3 in a group of 24", the response is "Wow, that's better than usual".

Now whilst being the walking guide to a group of stunning middle aged women is good for my reputation, I'm not as young as I used to be and could do with a hand from any single men in their 50's 60's and 70´s who enjoy walking in the sunshine, plus consuming great food and wine.

If you're a single gentleman of a certain age and think that you could help me out or ladies, if you know someone who's up to the task, why not drop me a line via our website, Facebook page, email us at sales@menorcawalkingholidays.com or call on freephone 0800 072 4832.

We look forward to bucking the trend and seeing a few of you chaps out walking with us.  


Silver Travel Book Club

The very best of travelling and reading!

We know you love travelling, and we also know that many Silver Travellers are just as passionate about books. So what could be better than combining both, and giving you the chance to win a book each month? 

Literary Editor, Andrew Morris, runs the friendly Silver Travel Book Club where each month we pick a book about a different destination and with a travel theme. We invite you to join in the conversation, and two lucky Silver Travel Book Club readers can win one of two free copies each month.


Find out more

Planning Retirement Online


Current LaterLife Articles

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Dear Silver Travellers

It is September, and time for schools, colleges and universities to start anew, so what better time to head for some late summer sun in relative peace and quiet, to give yourself a new lease of life before Autumn really sets in? 

Debbie enjoyed the recent launch of Azamara Pursuit and was thrilled to meet longstanding Silver Traveller and Azamara Club Cruises fan Rose Pratt. Here she is with her husband, Steve and cousins Liz and Malcolm Bryant, enjoying the Azamazing afternoon at a French market. Cathy Bartrop reportson this splendid event. 

We are really grateful to all of you who have voted for us in the British Travel Awards. You’ll be automatically entered into their prize draw to win one of a long list of holidays. And if you haven’t voted, it’s not too late, just a few clicks away in fact!

Vote now



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...


Gardener's Diary

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.



Have a look at some of the latest job opportunities

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

Including new innovative project assignment approach from skilledpeople.com

A fresh approach to providing financial information

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

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Maggi's Relationship Column

My18 year old son will be leaving to the marines very soon. We've had a wonderful relationship so far and can talk about anything and everything. 
A month ago he found a girlfriend the same age and has been staying with her for the last 3 weeks. We haven't seen him, he doesn't call us or even his 13 year old brother he's so close to. 
My heart is breaking.




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.



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

Top 4 things to remember when you're choosing a printer
Is smart tech safe?
What are the best first smartphones for kids?

More KNOWHOW Articles

Art Masterclass
The Renaissance in detail





LaterLife Travel

Spotlight of destinations and topics in the Travel Guide 

See the list of LATEST ADDITIONS

Try our Interactive Travel Review Map

LaterLife Travel Insurance

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: Bananas

Bananas are such an accepted part of everyone’s diet that they are rarely given the credit they deserve.



Retirement Workshops

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

Sally Smith

Sally Smith

LaterLife features editor

Email Sally with your comments


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LaterLife Interest Extras

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Current Competitions:

Enter the September Prize Draw

This month we have two wonderful prizes!       

The first is a beautiful villa in Corfu from CV Villas, for up to 8 people. Why not take a group of friends, or maybe the wider family? There’s so much to enjoy on the ‘Emerald Island’, as it’s known, with beautiful beaches being just one of the attractions. 

Our second prize is a holiday worth £1,000 from Eurocamp. You could be staying at one of their excellent campsites, with great leisure facilities, bars and restaurants, enjoying beach or lakeside activities.

Competition closes on the 30th September 2018

WIN Are you smarter than a Baby Boomer Quiz book!

Are You Smarter Than a Baby Boomer? gives you the chance to inhabit the mind of a post-war student, perhaps still suffering the effects of food-rationing in the 1950s or coming to school with the sounds of the new pop music ringing in his or her ears in the early 1960s.

We have 3 copies to give away!  

Competition closes 18th October 2018

WIN Are you smarter than a Millennial Quiz book!

Are You Smarter Than a Millennial? gives you the chance to inhabit the mind of a student of the 1990s or 2000s, a time when Tony Blair occupied Number 10, home ownership rocketed and we were told an end had come to ‘boom or bust’.

We have 3 copies to give away!  

Competition closes 18th October 2018

WIN tickets to see The Importance of Being Earnest

A fresh take on Wilde’s ‘comic masterpiece’ (Guardian), Michael Fentiman’s ‘hilarious’ adaptation breaths ‘new and vital’ life (*****WhatsOnStage) into ‘one of the most immaculately crafted stage comedies of all time’ (The Stage).

We have 1 pair of tickets to give away!  

Competition closes 24th September 2018

WIN Marvel Studios' Avengers:
Infinity War on Blu-ray!

In Marvel Studios' “Avengers: Infinity War,” members from every MCU franchise must sacrifice like never before in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.

We have 2 Blu-rays copies to give away!  

Competition closes 25th October 2018


The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society are putting on a 1920s murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong...does! The accident-prone thespians battle against all odds to make it through to their final curtain call, with hilarious consequences!

We have 2 pairs of tickets to give away!  

Competition closes 25th October 2018