Some tips on adjusting to a life on retirement

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Although many of us spend much of our working lives looking forward to retirement, the truth is that a high proportion of people find making the transition from having everyday commitments to endless spare time more difficult than they could have imagined. A couple of tips on how to make the most out of what should be a truly golden period are given below, which we hope may help you if you have retired or plan on doing so soon.

Perhaps the most important thing you can do after finishing work is to keep in mind that you are no longer under any pressure to do anything on a strict schedule. It is only natural to feel somewhat unsettled in the first few weeks of your retirement, as both your body and your mind take their time adjusting to not having to get up with the alarm every morning, but this restlessness will pass if you choose to let it. Only relaxation will clear your thoughts enough for you to decide what it is you now want to do, so just sit back in your relaxing recliner chair and let your different ideas work themselves out. 

Even if decades of busy living has meant that you now rely on mobility aids for achieving maximum comfort, it does not follow that you should stop being active as soon as you retire. In fact, quite the opposite is true: stopping your tried and tested daily routine will leave you with a great deal more pent-up energy, and some of the best ways of using it up to your advantage include walking, swimming and, if there is suitable terrain near you, cycling.

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Man publishes first novel aged 81

Alongside complete freedom, one thing that retirement brings you is a lot of extra time. With your life once filled with work and day-to-day tasks, it is understandable that certain duties do get shelved when you have a little extra time. With none of these commitments, you are now free to do whatever you want, so why not do something you have always dreamed of? This is exactly what Srikumar Sen did, publishing his first book at 81 years old. Continue reading

Italian Olympic Rowing team call in 72 year-old coach for success

As we get older, many of us like to relax and unwind, taking a step back from the hectic atmosphere of the working world and enjoying the tranquillity of life at home with family and those closest to you. This certainly isn’t the case for 72 year old Guiseppe La Mura, however, who is hard at work motivating the Italian rowing team in preparation for the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro,Brazil. Continue reading

Fauja Singh still running strong at 101 years-old

While there are many centenarians, not many of them would be able to go for a run at any distance. This is where Fauja Singh is strides in front of the rest, with the 101-year old one of the oldest marathon runners in the world.

Born in 1911, Fauja Singh is still more than capable of running the gruelling 23.5 mileroute despite his age. While he might not be officially the world’s oldest marathon runner, he is officially the world record holder for his age group. His personal best for the London Marathon is 6 hours 2 minutes, but the quickest he has ever completed a marathon in the 90-plus category is 5 hours 40 minutes. After displays of incredible athleticism from the centenarian, he is well deserving of a rest in a relaxing recliner chair.

When asked what the secrets to his success are, he simply put it down to humility, determination and a strict diet. Fauja only discovered running when he was 85, being told to start in order to improve his health. He feels that running has become a medicine in itself, helping his mind and body to stay alert.

Fauja is showing no signs of slowing down in his age, still keeping up a daily routine of walking four miles a day and running for as long as he can every eighth day. His incredible story is a fantastic example of health, wellbeing and independence in old age, some of the long list of benefits you could experience with an adjustable bed.

Alleviate your back pain through mobility aids

As those who suffer from back pain will know, there is to date no instant cure. While it might get a little easier through a routine of exercises, just one movement too sudden can quickly see your problems going right back to square one! However, just because you develop back pain regularly, this doesn’t mean you have to let the quality of your home life suffer; you can live as comfortably as possible through mobility aids. Continue reading

Embrace the versatility of adjustable beds and rise and recliner chairs

Any of those suffering from mobility issues can testify to the importance of modern adjustable beds and rise and recliners chairs. Tailored specifically to meet any medical requirements, they create a sense of individuality for the user whilst fitting in seamlessly with the aesthetics of the room.

But what are the versatile features and functions that help make the products vital mobility aids and what do they offer that manual or ordinary chairs and beds can’t?

For starters, they both can be adjusted to support your body position and maintain comfort at a high level depending on medical requirements or needs. Also, most recliner chairs nowadays are made to measure to obtain maximum satisfaction for the user. There will be no need to worry about whether the chairs are too long, too wide or too deep, with a made to measure service designed to make sure your product is just like Goldilocks’ porridge.

Another advantage to versatile functions of both a recliner chair and an adjustable bed is how they can be made to support a range of mobility issues that normal and manual recliner chairs or adjustable beds just aren’t equipped to deal with. They are ideal to help sufferers of leg ulcers, back complaints and breathing difficulties, whilst there is plenty of expert advice around both online and at specialist stores to help you decide which product is best for you.

Should you or a loved one should be suffering from mobility issues, be sure to check out the range of rise and recliner chairs and adjustable beds on the market today and instantly improve your day to day life.

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Elderly people benefit from modern mobility products

Today, many elderly people or people with mobility issues can benefit greatly from the many modern mobility products which are constantly coming onto the market. Many of these mobility products are now widely available throughout the UK.

So, if you have a loved one or if you yourself are at a period in your life where you are suffering from mobility issues, then maybe its time to discover what products can make a real difference within your daily life. Continue reading

The Wireless launched on DAB digital radio by Age UK

Age UK is well known as the largest charity for older people and, in that role, they look out for all the needs and difficulties that life throws at us when we get older. Their latest venture has been to provide a radio station “for grown-ups”, providing a new listening experience that is the way forward for the future.

Radio is one of the few mediums that has remained popular throughout the development of the digital age, and millions tune in to their favourite shows and stations every day. New radio stations are popping up all the time for different audiences, and Age UK have created ‘The Wireless’ to be the station of choice for one of the most important demographics: older listeners.

The Wireless was launched in May 2012 online and has started broadcasting on DAB digital radio this week, fantastic news for those who like to sit back in rise and recliner chairs for a bit of listening enjoyment.

The new service has recruited some priceless radio talent to its presenting ranks, including former Radio 1 DJ David Hamilton and Graham Dene, previously from Capital Radio and reportedly the favourite DJ of Princess Diana.

Hamiltonhas said that he is excited to get involved with the new station which he describes as “brilliant”, praising it for its huge selection of great music from the 50s to the 80s, talent for picking up on interesting features, and usefulness in offering expert advice. All in all, The Wireless appears to provide a unique blend of content that will entertain and interest the more seasoned listener.

Now that the show has gone digital, it can now reach 12 million people who can listen to it whilst gardening, cooking, using stair lifts, cleaning and more; turning to DAB digital radio will certainly give The Wireless the opportunity to reach the ears of eager audiences across the UK.

Some of the interesting and informative features and documentaries that can be expected include the discussion of up-to-date and relevant topics like sleep, blood pressure, genealogy research, and money saving. A variety of musical greats can be expected too, with Young at Heart by Frank Sinatra and Shades of Grey by The Monkees being just 2 examples.

Tom Wright CBE, group chief executive of Age UK, is “thrilled” to launch The Wireless, considering it to be the ideal platform for older listeners to express their views, listen to music that is entertaining and hear content that is helpful.

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New survey says that middle age begins in our 50s

According to a recent survey by Learn to Love, an online learning website, middle age in your 30s is a thing of the past. The majority of British people involved in the survey said that middle age now occurs in your 50s.

Previous studies that question when people believe middle age begins have suggested that it begins as early as 36. As we are now living longer, devices like walk in baths are making life easier, and good health at retirement age means that we can achieve more in our free time, the nation’s formerly held ideas about aging are being reshaped.

The research questioned 1,000 adults and7 in10 of them said that middle age is best placed in our 50s. All in all, the British public is feeling younger for longer. The average age that people suggested was middle age was 54 years and 347 days.

Taking a look at some more research from leading charity Age UK, which looked at how Europeans categorised themselves, old age apparently begins at 62, with all that is prior to that considered as youth or middle age.

What we have to remember about middle age is that it is more of an idea than a number, and 19% of the respondents to the Learn to Love survey put this suggestion forward. If we think of some of the famous people who could be considered middle aged, such as Stephen Fry (55), Madonna (54), Danny Boyle (55) to name but a few, it suddenly becomes quite clear that there is so much more to achieve in our later years than some people think.

The benefits of being older were clear from the research, with over 50% saying that more confidence and experience came with living longer, particularly the confidence to give things a go and not be held back by the fear of mistakes. The most eye-opening figure came from the number of over 50s who said that their appetite to try out new hobbies and learn new things was even bigger than in their youth; 87% said that this was the case.

TV presenter John Craven (72), who supports the work of Love to Learn, agrees that it’s very much to do with attitudes towards life, and an “active state of mind” is a far more important tool than ever before. So much can be done right at home; completing online courses, surfing the internet, and doing brain training challenges such as Sudoku, all made easier and more comfortable thanks to modern developments like rise and recliner chairs, are just some of the ways in which our minds can get all the exercise that they need.

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