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

Reckitt Benckiser launches Share the Facts campaign with Dr. Sinead Beirne It’s been the most widely reported health story in the world, but new research* commissioned by Reckitt Benckiser (RB) reveals that some of the Irish public are feeling confused about information on Covid-19 According to the RB study of 1,044 adults, 45% of people say they feel overwhelmed by the amount of information on Covid-19 and a third (33%) are finding it difficult to determine what information is fact or fiction. Over a quarter (28%) of the people polled found that the guidance and recommendations on what should and…

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Love Letters – Led by Philippa Donnellan | STARTS 14 JULY Drawing inspiration from Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s tale Love in the Time of Cholera and from love letters either famously public or personally private, we invite participants to come together online to dance and share, to create choreography, to write a love letter – and to develop a series of short responses as films, sound recordings and writings Link for more info: https://coisceim.com/love-letters-2020/ 

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Frank Bannister of the Dublin Rotary Club shares the challenges the group experienced during the current lockdown  The members of the Dublin Rotary club first sat down to lunch together in 1911. Since then, through a rising, a civil war and two world wars (or rather one world war and an emergency) the club has kept going, adapting as it went to changes in Ireland, in its politics, in its people’s work and life-styles and in general to the times that were in it. However, the arrival of Covid-19 in Ireland in February posed a rather different challenge from those…

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Mairead Robinson discovers the unique charm of this Mediterranean jewel The prestigious New York Times produced a list at the beginning of the year of the top fifty-two countries to visit in 2016.  Right up at number three of this international recommended destination list is the island of Malta. That may come as a surprise to many people considering all the hundreds of exotic countries and islands full of sunshine and culture throughout the world. But here is the thing – Malta has history, heritage and culture in spades; year-round sunshine; world-class hotels and hospitality and above all – it…

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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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