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

Health food of the month: Grains

Mature woman drinking teaWe never had “grains” in our childhood.

In the past, we used to have bread and pasta and cereal. Today’s food is all about “grains”.


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.

Oriental mini sweetcorn skewers

Cooked on the Social Grill


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.


July Newsletter

Hopefully July will be a lovely warm month (dare we hope for hot?) meaning that regular watering will be necessary. In fact, water/feed/weed/repeat is the July gardening mantra.

July is when we get to eat the edibles that we’ve grown and to fill our vases with the ornamentals. True satisfaction and pleasure can be gained from a delicious meal of homegrown fruit and veg enjoyed in a well looked after garden with a vase of sweet smelling, freshly picked annuals adorning the table.




RSPB giving nature a home




Birds of a feather get hot in this weather

black bird

While we revel in the sun our favourite garden birds, like robins, blue tits and blackbirds could be left struggling as the heat dries up natural water sources.



When skin simply won’t tan

Back of skin with white patches

In the recent sunny weather, many of us will have developed a light tan.

But some areas of the skin may have remained obstinately white. One reason for this is the condition of vitiligo.



Two great British institutions are celebrating big birthdays

Woman serving tea in a hospital

The NHS is 70 years old this month; but there is also another vital British organisation that is celebrating a big anniversary: the Royal Voluntary Service has just turned 80.



Knowhow No. 38
How to make a strong password


Looking to keep your personal info safe?  To protect your data, and stop someone breaking into your accounts, our experts have some tips to help you create strong passwords.



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 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.


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Planning Retirement Online


Current LaterLife Articles

You'll find in the boxes below below links to the current editions of each of our various articles or special features, or you can jump straight to main sections like Health & Travel here:

LaterLife Health
LaterLife Travel
Relationship Counselling & Advice Index
All Features & Article Listings


Dear Silver Traveller

What tremendous excitement…and we're not just talking about the football! On Monday 9th July, John Suchet from Classic FM will be hosting the Silver Travel Awards at the National Portrait Gallery, where we will find out which travel companies, cruises lines and destinations you have voted for as providing the very best service for Silver Travellers. And although we're sweltering with the heat, we are all on the edge of our seats here at Silver Towers! Be sure to check the website next week to see if your favourites are winners. Type Winners 2018 into the search box.

We would like to ask you to vote once again – this time for us, as your favourite website in the British Travel Awards, we’ve been bronze and silver winners in recent years, thanks to your support and we’d like to be winners again, so please vote for us.

Pictured on the right is our wonderful Patron, John Carter, who captivated the assembled at Jules Verne’s 40th Anniversary celebrations recently. Here he is with Phileas Fogg himself – about to head off for 80 days?

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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...


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

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Maggi's Relationship Column

My granddaughter is staying with me. She is taking a break form her studies to recover from a broken relationship and consequent depression. In the meantime, I have been made aware of the reasons why, as we age, we might so easily slide into a depressed state. There are many.




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
A Shropshire Barn

a shropshire barn





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

See the list of LATEST ADDITIONS

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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

Mature woman drinking tea

Health food of the month: Grains

We never had “grains” in our childhood. In the past, we used to have bread and pasta and cereal. Today’s food is all about “grains”.



Retirement Workshops

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

Sally Smith

Sally Smith

LaterLife features editor

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Current Competitions:

Enter the July Prize Draw


This month’s free prize draw comes to you courtesy of our partner, G Adventures. It’s an 8 day guided trip from Casablanca to Marrakech: Morocco Desert and Kasbahs for two people with flights and accommodation included. The romance and mystery of North Africa is guaranteed to enchant and astonish our lucky prize winner and their partner.


Competition closes on the 31st July 2018


Club Swizzle

The creators of LA SOIRÉE return with a brand new show! Loose, glorious and irresistibly fun, Club Swizzle is a night of sassy entertainment at the wildest bar in town.

We have 1 pair of tickets to give away!

Competition closes 23rd July 2018

Win The Piano on Blu-ray!

The Piano Blu-ray

Complete with a brand new and exclusive extra, The Piano at 25, which includes interviews with Jane Campion and the film’s producer, Jan Chapman (filmed at Karekare beach in New Zealand: the iconic location made famous by the film). The Blu-Ray release also comes complete with essay booklet, alternative artwork poster as well as a copy of the soundtrack.

To celebrate, wewe have 2 Blu-ray copies to give away!  

Competition closes 21st August 2018