Author: SLpeter

“I’m up a six  every morning But . I usually have a headphone at the side of the bed to Radio 4. When I’m lying in the bed..I ask myself why on earth are you getting up so early every morning and the answer is because I can. I get up out of bed I go for a swim or the gym. And I know a lot of people who would love to be up at six every so I’ll eep that going as along as I can I will. Every day of the week bar Saturday and Sunday I…

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Personal finance they say is boring. For me, the only boring thing about money is not having enough of it. As Sophie Tucker once said I have been rich and I’ve been poor. Rich is better ! There are 4 areas that we should be addressing each year, 4 areas that I highlight as a workshop exercise for attendees in the corporate seminars I present entitled Surviving the recession – simple steps to transform your finances Those 4 areas are Budgeting Savings & investments Borrowings and financial viability Retirement planning 1. BUDGETING 57% of American households have never budgeted.…

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One of our greatest fears in older age is that our brains will slow down – and that’s before we even start to think about brain function or disease. So, it’s good to know that your brain can be helped to stay healthy, and work to its maximum potential – and one of the best ways is to give yourself a `brain workout’ with lifestyle changes. Lorna Hogg reports Thanks to the EU initiative HelloBrain  (check the website at HelloBrain.eu) we can discover that not only do older dogs learn new tricks, but that learning can act like a powerful…

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Dr Barry J Sheane advises Populations of the world are increasing, partly but significantly due to falling mortality rates due to advances in treatments for cancer, cardiovascular disease and infectious diseases. Rheumatic disease has also felt the benefit of modern scientific developments, particularly in rheumatoid arthritis where the ‘biological’ medications offer many a chance of remission and even cure. Unfortunately, and as I have previously written in these pages, there is no single or combination of medications that can treat osteoarthritis (OA), save commonly used pain-killers (‘analgesia’). While analgesia can improve an OA sufferer’s quality of life, used alone it…

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Thinking of volunteering abroad?  Rose Hennessy of charity Friends of Londiani offers some timely advice Friends of Londiani are an Irish registered charity working with people in rural communities in the Rift Valley, Kenya.  We have a volunteer programme that looks for volunteers to travel to Kenya each year and work with the local people there.  The volunteer experience is about working alongside the people to support them in various projects that are making real and lasting changes and improvements to their lives.  From installing smokeless stoves that create safer, healthier homes to facilitating courses in Lifeskills to supporting small…

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The three generational holiday  –  where the grandparents take the  grandchildren– has increased in popularity in recent years.  Lorna Hogg suggests some options It’s no surprise, as it ticks all the boxes.  Grandparents often remark that they don’t see enough of their grandchildren.  Children benefit from the contact, and also from another doting family member to share the fun.  Parents can feel secure in leaving them with the safest babysitters of all.  So, where better to enjoy that togetherness than on a theme park holiday, where it’s a case of granny, granddad, or both, joining in the fun. Fun in…

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Age Action has welcomed the Government’s decision to allocate an additional €74 million to address the issue of delayed discharges and overcrowding in hospital Emergency Departments. It will reduce the stress created for many older people who are currently trapped in delayed discharge beds. However, the older people’s charity has expressed concern that, while the measures announced today focused on providing additional nursing home beds and transitional care beds, no additional funding was announced today for supports to enable older people to be discharged home. “HSE figures compiled in February showed that 17% of people in delayed discharge beds at…

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To mark its 10th anniversary the walk has an added element of a 9 day team walk covering the 200km Kerry Way route along with the usual 3 day Individual walk covering over 70km of the Kerry Way. These guided walks will combine impressive mountain views, dramatic peaks and glens, wild moorlands, wooded paths and lakes along the Kerry Way trails.  Challenging but fun, the great camaraderie on the route adds to the spectacular settings and ensures a truly memorable experience in the Kingdom. The walks include some of Irelands most fabulous walk ways with the most remarkable scenery, and…

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Hill-walking and climbing enthusiasts will welcome the recent launch of the history of Irish hill-walking, climbing and mountaineering by  Paddy O’Leary, The Way That We Climbed – A History of Irish Hillwalking . During his mountaineering career, Paddy O’Leary has had to deal with many hazards: on an exposed Alpine ridge, he had a near-death experience when he was knocked unconscious by a lightning strike; in Tibet, he helped to install a solar-powered electrical plant in an extremely remote monastery which had been sacked during the Cultural Revolution. He also co-founded the Association for Adventure Sports, the FMCI (Federation of…

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The Arigna Mining Experience will certainly appeal to those with an interest in history or anyone looking for a day out with a difference. The Arigna area was associated with coal mining for around 400 years and is located in a beautiful scenic area of north Roscommon overlooking Lough Allen. Now a popular tourist spot, the centre allows visitors an insight into coal mining life in the Arigna Valley from the 1700s until its closure in 1990. A typical visit includes a 45-minute underground tour with an ex-miner as your tour guide, the tour brings visitors to the mine’s coalface…

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