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Get creative: cracking Christmas presents on a budget

Finding the perfect present can be tricky, tiring and expensive. Here are 3 simple money-saving ways you can give cracking Christmas gifts everyone will love, on any budget.

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Guide to Skype: how to create a Skype account & stay connected

Staying in touch can be tough when your friends and family live far and wide but, with Skype, you can connect online instantly! Try this quick guide and become a Skyping pro in just a few steps.

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5 fun Halloween-themed activities to entertain your grandchildren

Ready to roll up your sleeves and have some fun with your little monsters, witches and vampires? Here are 5 of our favourite Halloween-themed activities to entertain the kids this half term!

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Health and wellbeing in older age

There are many ways to look after your health and wellbeing in older age, from regular physical activity to learning new skills and connecting with the community. Find inspiration for improving your wellbeing in this short guide.

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8 of the best summer hobbies for retirees

Retirement is the perfect time to try something new and summer is the perfect season to get stuck in! From foraging to meditation and even treasure hunting – here are 8 of the best hobbies to try this summer.

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10 fun things to do with your grandchildren this summer

During the summer holidays, your babysitting services might be more in demand, so it pays to have a few tricks up your sleeve to keep your grandchildren entertained…

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How to choose the right holiday for you

Are you planning your next holiday? With so many options on offer the prospect of booking a holiday can seem a little daunting. Take a look at what's important to consider before choosing the right holiday for you.

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Retiring to Cornwall, Devon & the South West

South West England is full of stunning views, unique experiences and culinary delights. Read this short guide to the beautiful coastal region and discover why moving to Cornwall, Devon or Somerset could be perfect for your retirement!

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5 easy-to-make soup recipes for winter

Whether you’re a top chef or a kitchen novice, these 5 simple soup dishes will delight your taste buds and are sure to warm you up on the coldest of days. Try your hand at recipes from Delia Smith, Jamie Oliver and even the Hairy Bikers!

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5 ways to exercise your brain in retirement

A balanced diet and a bit of exercise aren’t the only ways to keep fit in your retirement, your brain needs stimulation and exercise to stay healthy too! Read 5 ways you can exercise your brain and keep your mind sharp in your retirement.

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How to help your parents plan for retirement

Are your parents getting ready to retire? Help them prepare, relax and be excited for their new retirement lifestyle. Take a moment to read this short guide and discover how you could help your parents plan for their retirement.

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10+ part-time job ideas for retirees

Are you job hunting or thinking about returning to work in retirement? Take the time to consider all the possibilities. Read these 10 ideas and feel inspired to find the perfect part-time job to suit you and your retirement lifestyle!

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Top Gadgets and Apps for the Older Generation

Digital products are a becoming part of daily life in our society, so it's no surprise that an increasing number of older consumers are embracing new gadgets and electronics. Read all about the new wave of high tech products designed for the older generation!

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5 essential tips for better online security

Most of the time the web is a safe place, but it pays to make sure your details and accounts are safe. Follow these simple tips and you can sleep easier, knowing your online data is well protected.

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How to Beat the Loneliness Blues

Loneliness is a growing issue affecting millions of people living in the UK. Read our top tips for beating the loneliness blues and enjoying your retirement.

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Silver-haired heroes: The top 5 films about retirement and aging

Grab your popcorn, because we’ve selected our top five films that put age and experience centre stage and relegate youth to a supporting role.

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Volunteering options for you in retirement

Reaching your retirement and never having to work again is a huge life change. Volunteering in your retirement can be a great way to keep busy and meet new people.

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Bank of Grandma and Grandad; a rising phenonemon?

An issue that's getting more air time in the press. According to our research 52% of grandparents are giving to children and grandchildren every year.

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Five Unusual Ways to Keep Fit in Your Sixties

In order to stick to an exercise regime, you have to really love it and many people find it hard to love going to the gym. Here are some of the more unusual and fun forms of exercise that you can take up in your retirement.

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Cost of Living Squeeze Hits Over 60s

Cost of living pressures are forcing nearly one in three people over the age of 60 to make major sacrifices to their lifestyles, including turning down the heating and eating less.

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Happiness is home and family for over 60s

Do you know the key to happiness in retirement? Take a look at our research and see if what makes you happy made the top reasons for a happy retirement.

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