Author: Senior Times

Senior Times publishes Senior Times magazine and are producers of the SeniorTimes Podcasts. They are also organisers of The 50 Plus Show run throughout the country

The fact that ALHomecare has placed over 500 live-in carers and currently has over 130 live-in carers working in the country shows that this is a tried and tested service that works! And what does this live-care service cost? ALHomecare’s most popular grade of carer, the Carer Plus costs from 485 euro per week with accommodation and food provided to the carer. For this, the carer lives in, works 5 days per week, 7 hours per day. Then any extra hours she works costs 12 euro gross per hour. This means that ALHomecare is offering a homecare solution that…

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Dublin Dossier – Pat Keenan reports on happenings in and around the capital This article appears in the latest issue of SeniorTimes – in newsagents now Was a time, growing up, when there seemed to be only two posh hotels in Dublin, The Gresham on O’Connell Street and The Shelbourne on St.Stephen’s Green. This curiously came back to me with the announcement in December that John le Carré had died. I recalled that the former British secret service agent and author of those Cold War espionage novels booked into the Shelbourne when he came to Dublin for the filming of…

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Northern Notes By Debbie Orme This Article Appears in the March/April Issue of SeniorTimes – available in newsagents Nestled in the Glens of Antrim and set against a background of rolling green fields and Slemish Mountain sits the picturesque venue of Glenview Farm in Carnalbana. While the farm is currently closed due to the pandemic, it provides the perfect outdoor location for grandparents and grandchildren to spend quality time having fun and enjoying spectacular views. ‘The farm has been in the family since the early 1900s,’ current owner – and fourth generation farm owner – Jane Magee tells me. ‘Dad…

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The largest ever on-line art sale in Ireland, in aid of the Jack & Jill Foundation, will go live on-line on Thursday April 22 at 10am The key attraction behind Incognito is that each original postcard-sized artwork costs just €60, but purchasers won’t know the identity of the artist until the sale has closed. For many lucky purchasers, the value of the artwork will likely far exceed the €60 donation made to Jack & Jill to buy the piece. Incognito features a Who’s Who of the Irish art scene, including Adrian+Shane, Robert Ballagh, and  Ange BellAmong the perhaps more familiar…

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Eileen Casey profiles a multi-talented director and scriptwriter Having completed an enjoyable, informative and challenging screenwriting series with filmmaker Helen Flanagan, I felt readers would like to know more about this vibrant, intelligent maker and script writer.  Especially now, as film watching continues to form such a major part of our lockdown routine. Where to begin then but the beginning!  And what a beginning it was. At an early age, Flanagan learnt that life can and will give lemons. In her case, however, it happened to be Munchies! Eating them is very much part of an early memory entwined with…

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Mairead Robinson suggests ways of brightening your beauty regime One of the things some of us have missed so much during these months of lockdowns – besides hairdressers – is beauty salons and spas. For many of us the ultimate indulgent treat is a holistic massage, a rejuvenating facial and some top to toe pampering treatments. So the alternative is to invest in a good home-spa treatment, and you will be surprised how well that can work once you get the right products. I recently came across Ziaja’s Baltic Home Spa Collection, and besides being extremely affordable products, they are…

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Mairead Robinson on how to get the best from your wine and new marketing initiatives While most of us, to be honest, do not store the wine that we buy for some special date in the future, there is a case for laying down bottles that will improve with aging.  However, it seems that many of us get this wrong. According to a recent article, Richard Vayda, the director of wine studies at the Institute of Culinary Education, states that ‘aging’ that special bottle might not be the best idea. ‘Holding on to wines too long would be the most common…

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Dermot Gilleece recalls the antics of some of golf’s celebrated bad boys Bad temper in golf is a weakness for which the great Henry Longhurst, had profound sympathy. When questioned on the subject, he would justify his views by referring to his great contemporary in golf-writing, Bernard Darwin, who, according to Henry, got really cross at golf and had a kind of love-hate relationship with the game for the best part of 70 years. Indeed after a particularly upsetting incident when playing at Rye, Darwin was heard to mutter savagely to himself: ‘Why do I play this ****ing game? I…

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The Department of Housing has just released the 2020 figures of grants allocated under the Housing Adaptation Grant scheme for older people. The grant scheme which has been running since 2008 and has helped ‘0000s each year adapt the home for safer independent living and has helped Irish seniors with areas such as installation of stairlifts, modification of bathrooms and installation of grab rails to enable them age safely and comfortably at home According to comparison analysis carried out by www.ageinginplace.ie the 2020 spend on the grant schemes was €45.3 Million which is €10.1 million less than the spend in…

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FraudSMART is warning consumers to beware of a text message scam involving customers being contacted via a text message which references an undelivered package and asks for payment often for customs charges With COVID-19 leading to an increase in online shopping and home delivery usage along with Brexit and changes in shipping from the UK, scammers are attempting to take advantage of possible consumer confusion. Key details: Customers are contacted by a text message which mentions outstanding shipping costs and has a link to “Track your package”. The message links to fraudulent branded phishing sites e.g. An Post or UPS where customers are…

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