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Age NI has teamed up with Lady Mary Peters to launch an exercise programme aimed specifically at keeping older people moving during the extended Covid-19 lockdown Move with Mary is a series of five exercise videos, to be released online this week, which caters for every level of capability, ranging from simple seated stretches, to balance, strength and gentle aerobic exercises suited to older people. The launch comes as health experts have warned of the dangers to older people from a lack of regular movement and as UK research* reveals that 40% of older people are worried about the effects…

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Vodafone Ireland has today launched a dedicated smartphone helpline to support older members of our society who are alone, in isolation or cannot see family and friends. In partnership with ALONE, an organisation that supports older people in Ireland, Vodafone Ireland’s new helpline, the smartphone support line for older people,  will provide one-to-one technology support and advice for older smartphone users on any network The helpline will ensure that those over the age of 70 are provided with the technological skills and dedicated support so they can continue to stay connected to others as Ireland’s transitions into a ‘new normal’.…

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The American comedian Groucho Marx famously said ‘I wouldn’t want to belong to any club that would have me’, an attitude that resonated with many older people in the early days of Covid-19 when they suddenly found themselves consigned to a separate group.  People who had never defined themselves by age, woke up to discover they were part of a frail and vulnerable cohort. Everyone understood the medical reasons – septuagenarians who contract the virus face greater risk due to physiological changes in ageing.  However, there was still hurt and indignation at the way the message was conveyed.  Thousands of…

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Private hospital says easing of lockdown has seen a surge in enquiries for hip, knee, gynae and cataract procedures Kingsbridge Healthcare Group has seen cross border enquiries for private consultations and procedures soar with the easing of lockdown restrictions in Ireland. Their hospital in Belfast has helped nearly 10,000 patients over the last three years get the treatment they needed under the EU Cross-Border Directive and as a result are hosting a series of free public Cross Border Healthcare Webinars, led by renowned Hospital Consultants. Mark Regan, CEO at Kingsbridge Private Hospitals says that whilst the Group has been working with…

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Being honest, I don’t really like oats in general but they make me feel so good I had to make them work for me. So I added some extra ingredients – who doesn’t like berries? I’m happy to say it is absolutely delicious now! I am just set up for the day with this nourishing bowl. 35g oats 150ml full fat milk 50g frozen raspberries 60g fresh strawberries, hulled and halved 40g fresh raspberries 20g fresh blueberries 15g 100% peanut butter Put your oats and milk in a pot and bring to the boil. Turn down the heat and cook for…

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Created during lockdown John McColgan recorded a brand new series of six podcasts from his little studio in Howth. An avid fan of music all his life, the lockdown gave John the chance to research and record the six 90-minute podcast shows.   Speaking of the podcast John explains what it is all about, ‘Its song, stories, poetry and memories of parts of my life. My Tunes is a very eccentric and eclectic mix from Elvis to Johnny Cash, Leonard Cohen to Bob Dylan, Seamus Heaney to Seamus O’Rourke, Maureen Potter to Eamon Kelly along with a splattering of country music. It may…

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This colourful, nutritious salad is ideal for a quick lunch on the go. It is really tasty and can be eaten on its own, as a side to a more substantial dinner, or you can big it up with some cooked chicken or salmon. 5 minutes preparation – 15 minutes cooking time – Serves 4 – Vegetarian & Gluten free 1 head of broccoli, broken into florets 50g hazelnuts, blanched (no skin) and crushed 2 beef tomatoes, sliced 50g feta cheese 2 tsp cream 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil salt and black pepper Preheat your oven to…

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Home Delivery service for cocooners  Dublin City Libraries, in partnership with the Dublin Volunteer Centre, have a book delivery service for people who are cocooning/ aged 70 years or older. If you or your loved one are cocooning and would like to avail of this service, library staff will take your request and organise the delivery of the items to your home, with the help of volunteers from the Dublin Volunteer Centre. All items are on long loan, there are no overdue fines or fees and access to the service is always free. For further information, go to: http://www.dublincity.ie/story/home-delivery-service-cocooners-faq

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I love to make this fragrant takeaway favourite at home for lunch or dinner. You can prepare it all in one pot and it will suit the whole family as the spice level is moderate! This is gluten free Preparation: 5 minutes Cooking Time: 20 minutes Serves: 2 75g basmati rice olive oil 2 onions, diced 2 tsp frozen garlic (or 2 garlic cloves, chopped) 2 tsp frozen ginger (or a thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped) 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, chopped 1 red pepper, deseeded and diced ½ tsp ground coriander ½ tsp turmeric ½…

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