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THE GOOD LIFE: CREATIVE SPIRIT

Think outside the paint box. Everyone has a creative side and tapping into it can have positive effects on our physical and mental health and wellbeing. A creative spirit lies within all of us – it’s why music moves and art inspires – an impulse that is fundamental to the experience of ...

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THE GOOD LIFE: WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY?

The one thing all humans have in common is that each of us wants to be happy. Much more than a simple feel good factor, happiness has a huge effect on us mentally and physically. What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it’s ...

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SMART MONEY: REAL LIFE SAVINGS

When money becomes a problem, it may seem easier not to talk about it. But silence isn’t always golden. Taking control of your finances will help you take control of your life, too. Talking about finances is difficult. In fact, it can be downright uncomfortable – requiring us to face ...

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SOUND ADVICE: MUSIC IS GOOD FOR THE MIND, BODY & SOUL

We’re beginning to understand why music affects us so profoundly. It activates more areas of the brain than any other stimulus and provides profound benefits to both mind and body. Music has the power to move us – both physically and emotionally. Transporting our minds back to a first kiss ...

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GROUP THERAPY: GETTING TO GRIPS WITH JOINING GROUPS

How do you deal with being the new kid on the block? If the very idea of breaking into a new social circle at an event has you heading for the door, follow our simple guide to joining groups. We’ve been privileged to meet lots of fantastic characters over the ...

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INTERDEPENDENCE: LIFT YOUR COMMUNITY SPIRITS

We need to take control of how we take part in society. Finding ways to interact within our Islington community not only gives us the opportunity to ‘love thy neighbour’, it combats loneliness and delivers a deep sense of purpose and worth. As we age, we all strive to be, ...

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INTERDEPENDENCE: NURTURING RELATIONSHIPS

Sharon Barrett, 57 Watering plants “I live near the Drovers. I’ve got a balcony, no garden. I go to the garden group on a Friday, but at other times if their garden looks as if it needs watering I just do it. I’ve got a disability so can’t bend. But ...

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INTERDEPENDENCE: BLIND AMBITION

Elizabeth Jones, 88 Set up Talking News Islington “I lost my sight though an accident, which turned life upside down. I missed getting out and about, and I used to like reading but I couldn’t read,” says Elizabeth Jones who went on to set up a talking newspaper, Talking News ...

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TALKING TABLETS: HEALTHY APP-ETITE

Are tablets a panacea to the problems faced by over 55s? Unfortunately not, but their apps can help us become more connected, entertained and informed, which can only improve the quality of later life. When the first generation iPad was launched in the UK by Apple back in 2010, it ...

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HOME IS…

Home means so many different things to us all. It can be a place of safety or even a fuzzy childhood memory. The strangest triggers can bring memories of our first homes flooding back. Here Islington residents talk about settling down.   ALL ROADS LEAD TO ISLINGTON Scottish independence. The ...

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FIGHTING FRAUD

It can be difficult spotting a scam, and fraudsters are often very cunning. Arm yourself with the best of all weapons – good information and timely advice. It could save you a great deal of money you can’t afford to lose. Conmen, fraudsters, scammers or just plain criminals. Whatever we ...

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UNRETIREMENT

IS 75 THE NEW 65? Post-retirement age working is on the rise. Unretirement can provide you with the opportunity to do the work you’ve always wanted to do, keep you ‘in the game’ or provide a source of supplementary income. 2011 saw the removal of the compulsory retirement age. This, ...

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