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Learning to be an actress at 68

Older actresses complain there aren’t enough good parts for them but this has not deterred Lady Henrietta Rous who is pursuing an acting career at aged 68, reports JANE SLADE Lady Henrietta, whose family own the Cliffside village of Clovelly in Devon (where the Water Babies author Charles Kingsley lived) is best known for editing the Sixties’ fashion designer Ossie …

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Decluttering without tears

Can’t face the prospect of getting rid of your clutter? Don’t fear – our 10-point guide will provide all the help you need! Stick to the William Morris rule. If an object isn’t beautiful or useful, dont live with it? Books. If you didn’t enjoy a book, or have no intention of reading it again in the next 20 years, give it …

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Making music in Retirement

Retirement communities are discovering the joys of singing in later life. JANE SLADE seeks out the best retirement properties catering to musical residents “Singing bonds people together, exercises a range of muscles and makes you feel happy,” declares TV choir master Gareth Malone. “Singing is good for your health,” he says. “It lifts the spirits and you can do it …

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Retirement village with stunning garden

Downsizers can grieve more for their gardens than their homes when they move so why not choose a retirement village with glorious grounds Springtime at Amesbury Abbey retirement village is heralded by carpets of daffodils and bluebells which flank the long drive up to the ancient building and surrounding cottages. The river Avon which cuts through the gently undulating 35-acre …

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Pet-friendly retirement schemes

More and more developments are allowing residents to bring their four-legged friends with them, but how do you go about finding the right pet-friendly retirement scheme for you? Report by JANE SLADE Pets can save older people from loneliness, help them maintain a healthy life, and assist with making friends but just because a retirement village says it welcomes pets it does not mean is pet friendly. “One …

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Our guide to buying a retirement property

    Buying a retirement home can be a nerve-racking business because there is so much to consider. This print-out-and-keep checklist will help you with your search FACILITIES  These can range hugely depending on whether you are looking to buy a property in a top-end retirement village such as Audley Chalfont Dene (pictured above), a cottage or apartment in a small …

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Your checklist before moving to a retirement property

JANE SLADE offers some essential tips and questions you should ask when you go and view a retirement development Do your sums and remember it isn’t just the price of the property you need to consider but communal charges. Decide whether you want to live in a simple complex with no special facilities but perhaps an owners’ lounge or a …

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Try out a retirement apartment before you buy

Enjoying a trial stay at a retirement apartment takes the fear out of downsizing reports JANE SLADE We wouldn’t buy a car before taking it for a test drive yet when it comes to a home we’re happy to write a cheque after a couple of visits. However with retirement properties, house builders are realising that they are more likely to secure a …

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Brits shun retiring to Europe

New research reveals post Brexit boom in demand for retirement housing in UK as concerns rise about retiring abroad According to housing and care provider Anchor, some 45 per cent of people aged 50+, are now less likely to retire abroad. And of those previously considering leaving the UK to retire in Europe, 41 per cent are now less likely to following Britain’s decision …

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Retirement living offers older people a social life

Living in a retirement community helps people feel less lonely A recent survey carried out for the Jo Cox Commission on loneliness found that almost three-quarters of older people in the UK are lonely. Loneliness is a major public health concern; however, having an active social life can be a way of avoiding this as people get older. According to Age UK, one …

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