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Senior Times publishes Senior Times magazine and are producers of the SeniorTimes Podcasts. They are also organisers of SeniorTimes LIVE! run throughout the country

Our health as we age has a lot to do with how we live, from what we eat to what we drink and also our thoughts which dictate how we feel. Our mind and body are linked, our psychological state is reflected in our physical body and vice versa. If negative emotions are not dealt with they get stored in the body and can lead to a host of health problems from chronic pain to stomach problems, fatigue and bladder issues to high blood pressure and some forms of cancer. Letting go is something that means different things to different…

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The Freebird Club is the Dublin based start-up which aims to disrupt the traditional notion of ageing by mobilizing and fostering connections between older people, and championing a new ‘caring approach’ to the sharing economy. Its official launch took place on Wednesday 5th April at Airfield Estate in Dundrum, Dublin. Numerous guests, including Freebird Club members, representatives of age organizations such as Age Action and Third Age, public institutions and journalists were welcomed by the start-up team in the charming and evocative setting of Airfield food gardens. In congratulating the initiative, Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor stated: “I’m not the only one that…

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Aching joints are not fun for anyone. Not only do they wear you down with gnawing pain, but they restrict your ability to do things that once you took for granted. The pains can affect your mood as chronic pain causes frustration and even depression. There are more than 100 forms of arthritis, the condition often responsible for joint pain. The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis, often suffered in older people due to wear and tear on the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s own immune system attacks the body’s joints. Gout is…

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The Changing Face of Retirement Today’s retirement is very different from that of previous generations. Gone are the days when retirement was considered as “the beginning of the end”. On average, today’s retirees could spend 25 years plus in retirement and this offers the opportunity to find a challenging, rewarding and satisfying future. Yet many people spend more time planning their two week annual holiday than their 25 plus years in retirement! In research carried out by the Retirement Planning Council of Ireland (RPC), most  of those who planned to attend courses course were focused on financial well being in retirement…

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The Arigna Mining Experience in Co. Roscommon will certainly appeal to those looking for a day out with a difference. The visitor centre is located in a beautiful scenic location overlooking Lough Allen. Now a popular tourist spot, this visitor centre is a community inspired initiative that preserves the 400 year coal mining heritage of this area, and allows visitors an insight into coal mining life as it was in the Arigna Valley for centuries. With an ex-Miner as your tour-guide, the visit to the museum includes access to an exhibit area where there is a DVD presentation and a…

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Lorna Hogg examines our fascination with steam engines which is no longer the preserve of schoolboys and ‘anoraks’.. Our love of trains has never gone away, and they’re increasingly popular as they become faster, sleeker and smoother. We still love steam trains, however, as witnessed by the tens of thousands of people who turned out to see The Flying Scotsman’s return to the tracks. These days, rail museums are popular attractions and increasing numbers enjoy steam train rides, and volunteer or fund-raise to restore old engines. If any more inspiration is needed  –  we have some world class engines and…

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Aillwee Cave and its Birds of Prey Centre, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare is a very special place in the heart of the Burren.  Let our staff at Aillwee Cave welcome you to the dramatic underworld of this unique landscape.  Your tour consists of a 35 minute guided walk through beautiful caverns, over bridged chasms, under weird formations and alongside the thunderous waterfall which sometimes gently sprays the unsuspecting visitor. Marvel at the frozen waterfall and explore the hibernation chambers of the long extinct brown bears. Visit the Birds of Prey Centre, home to one of the largest and most varied…

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With a vast range of Waymarked Ways, Looped Walks, Coastal Paths, Forest Parks and Island Loops, Ireland’s northwest corner has more to offer to walkers than almost anywhere in Ireland Away from the coast, the mountains offer unmatched views and challenges for every level of ability and experience. Conor O’Hagan guides  you  round  its numerous attractions which make  it a genuine mecca for walkers. Here’s a small selection of the diversity: Inishowen Head Loop Distance: 8km Ascent: 250m Estimated Time: 2hrs – 2.5hrs Grade: Moderate Terrain: Bog roads, laneways, rough tracks and minor roads The Inishowen Peninsula possesses such…

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John Low thoroughly enjoyed a trip to Haarlem,  one of Holland’s most beautiful cities If you have ever visited Amsterdam and marvelled at the buildings, canals and museums but found it, well, a bit hectic then Haarlem awaits you. It is little more than a 20-minute train journey from Amsterdam and is acknowledged as one of the most beautiful cities in the Netherlands with countless brick gabled buildings, and cobbled laneways , all leading to the stunning city centre with the stand-out set piece being the Grote Markt, a square studded with edifices embracing the best of Dutch architecture over…

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Lorna Hogg examines our fascination with steam engines which is no longer the preserve of schoolboys and ‘anoraks’… Our love of trains has never gone away, and they’re increasingly popular as they become faster, sleeker and smoother. We still love steam trains, however, as witnessed by the tens of thousands of people who turned out to see The Flying Scotsman’s return to the tracks. These days, rail museums are popular attractions and increasing numbers enjoy steam train rides, and volunteer or fund-raise to restore old engines. If any more inspiration is needed -we have some world class engines and rail…

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