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Retirement Today, a glossy lifestyle magazine for the active retired or those contemplating retirement.
Inside this issue:
Petsitting in Perth; I Told You I Was Ill; Coming of Age; Update; Gran's Kitchen; Along the West Highland Way; Scandinavian Christmas; Out and About; Park Home Living; Not Retiring can make you healthy; Diary of a Grumpy Old Git; Competitions; Make it Count; Charity begins at Christmas; Charity News.
Sunday 3rd February
I did nothing at all today. It was great. I meant to order the garden decking and watch the first disc of my Sopranos box set, but I just sat on my sofa drinking instant coffee and looking out of the window. It was pretty boring, but I like boredom. We're the only generation who have truly experienced it. Our parents grew up without basic labour-saving devices and they never stopped faffing through their daily list of chores. The generation beneath us are bombarded by constant entertainment options from their phones, laptops, tablets and consoles, and they've committed themselves to describing everything they ever do on their profile pages. But we're the ones who had to go to bed early because TV had stopped for the night. We're the ones who got turfed out of the pub because it was closing for the afternoon. We're the ones who spent entire mornings on the circular bus route just to pass the time. Well, that last one might have just been me. But the point is, it's our responsibility to keep the great tradition of boredom alive and I spent today doing my bit.
Diary of a Grumpy Old Git
An extract from Diary of a Grumpy Old Git by Tim Collins, published by Michael O'Mara Books
Looking for a way to escape the British winter, love animals, then read on, we might have just what you are looking for!
In recent issues we have explored some of the options available to retirees. Suddenly finding yourself with too much time on your hands can be difficult and not everyone has an unlimited supply of money to take a holiday of a lifetime. Our office was contacted recently by British expat, now Australian resident, Jan Riddell offering a fantastic opportunity to British retirees. Jan runs a pet sitting company based in Perth, Western Australia, which gives retirees the chance to spend up to 3 months in this beautiful city in return for house sitting while the owner is on vacation.
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Petsitting in Perth
Do you know how many shopping days are left till Christmas? Are your grandchildren counting down the sleeps till Santa arrives? Whether you're as excited as they are, or the idea of turkey and tinsel fills you with dread, there's no getting away from the fact that the festive season is fast approaching.
We can't wrap your presents or guarantee perfect roast potatoes, but perhaps we can help with another worry - the cost. Retirement Today spoke to the Financial Ombudsman Service - the free service with the power to sort out complaints between consumers and their bank or insurer - for their top tips to avoid a costly Christmas.
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Don't have a costly Christmas!
Natalie Oldfield has complied some favourite recipes in one handsome volume, Gran's Kitchen, as a tribute to her grandmother and the love of cooking she inspired. Here are some of our favourites to try.
2½ cups Self-Raising Flour
1½ cups Sugar
2 Eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups Apples, peeled, sliced and cooked
Milk, for brushing
Sift flour into a bowl, add sugar and stir to combine. Rub in butter
and then add egg to form soft dough. Press half the dough into a
greased slice tin, cover with cooked apple. Roll out the rest of the
dough and place on top of apple. Brush over with milk.
Bake 20-30 minutes at 350°F (180°C). Sprinkle with icing sugar and
slice while hot.
Gran's Kitchen by Natalie Oldfield is published by Hardie Grant Books.
Along the West Highland Way
By Debra Rixon
Scotland is such a romantic place, full of myths and legends; so deciding to walk the West Highland Way and film it was, for me, an opportunity to connect with those fables not by getting out of a car and taking a picture, but by actually walking the landscape.
The West Highland Way starts in a suburb of Scotland's largest city, follows one side of Scotland's largest loch, and skirts the bottom of Scotland's largest mountain, and provides stunning contrasts of scenery the whole of its 96 mile length.
Not Retiring could make you healthier
By Debra Rixon
People approaching retirement should consider staying in employment longer to age more healthily according to Cognitive Neuroscientist and Business Improvement Strategist, Dr Lynda Shaw.
With much talk in the media about an ageing population, the effect on pensions and a strain on the economy, Shaw says staying in work making you healthier because it instils self-worth and value, versus possible depression and a sedentary lifestyle that can be associated with retirement.
Dr Lynda Shaw says: "Depression is enormously on the increase and so is stress and anxiety coming from loneliness, isolation and lack of self-worth post leaving employment. Many retirees I have talked with have said they don't know how to fill their day and feel older since quitting work.