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

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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Our retirement years can be a time to do the things that perhaps were put on hold or would make our later years more comfortable, like home improvements.  If you don’t have the finance to do these things, aren’t eligible for standard loans, don’t want to borrow from your children or sell the place you call home, an alternative worth considering is a Lifetime Loan  Lifetime Loans are not for everybody but the recently launched Spry Finance has been set up to provide information on the product and expert guidance on whether or not a Lifetime Loan is a suitable…

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New research from Trinity College Dublin suggests that older adults can be more focused, less impeded by anxiety and less mentally restless than younger adults. The team at the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience (TCIN)  show that older adults appear to mitigate the negative aspects of cognitive decline by increasing motivation and adopting more efficient strategies to suspend the wandering mind when focus is required The study, published in the journal Psychology and Aging (American Psychological Association) is the first to adjudicate between competing theories of age-related mind-wandering dominant in the field. It highlights the influential roles of affective and…

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Those with a desire for wanderlust need look no further than Toulouse as Aer Lingus announce it will operate up to 4 flights* a week direct from Dublin to Toulouse from 03 May 2021 Known as the ‘Pink City’, Toulouse offers fantastic weather, exciting cultural events, and plenty of amazing exhibitions and attractions for visitors. Whether it’s indulging in the famed gastronomy scene, sipping wine at the world’s best wine bar or learning about the city’s 2,000 years of history, Toulouse offers something for every holidaymaker including solo travellers, families or couples. From 1st May until mid-October, Jet2.com will operate…

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Dermot Gilleece recounts  the exploits of golf’s great aviators On a helicopter flight we shared from Dublin to Shannon, Padraig Harrington talked to me about his future plans on tour. I imagine it was our luxurious mode of transport which prompted him to reveal his ambition to have his own private plane. And typically forthright, he explained that he saw it as a means of lengthening his playing career. Interestingly, this was back in 2005, two years before he made the breakthrough of winning the 2007 Open Championship at Carnoustie.  And by August of the following year, he had won…

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