We’ve all been affected by this strange year in different ways; some people may feel there’s been little difference in their daily lives, particularly if they were retired and not going out to work. Yet others have seen jobs, savings and even businesses disappear during this lockdown. Whatever the changes – big, or small – there have been some for all of us.
You’d have to have been living on the moon for the last month or so to not be aware that the whole of the UK, most of the world in fact, is living in the shadow of COVID-19. Our last blog gave you some hints on staying safe and keeping yourself protected from infection and now we’re going to give you some ideas to keep your mind and body busy.
There’s a lot of scaremongering going on in the media at the moment over ‘coronavirus’ – in particular the strain causing COVID-19 (named because the first instances of the disease emerged in 2019). We’re going to try and cut through the hysteria and provide you with simple, clear facts and ways you can minimise your own risk.
Is it just us, or does Christmas seem to start earlier and earlier with every passing year?
As soon as the gaudy Halloween decorations come down, it feels like the Christmas ones go up and the never-ending adverts peddling ‘all you need for a perfect Christmas’ appear on the telly.
Does the word fill you with dread and loathing?
Are you a ‘technophobe’?
Or do you love all the gadgets and gizmos out there?
Most people probably fall somewhere in the middle of those two extremes, perhaps a little cautious to adopt new technology but nevertheless recognising the advantages!
As we push through into Autumn, the season of mist and mellow fruitfulness (or damp and cold if you are feeling less charitable) it may seem a strange time to start thinking about education. After all, the school and Universities have been back for a while now…and in any case you’re too old to learn something new - aren’t you?
There was a time that losing money meant simply misplacing your purse or wallet – or falling victim to a pick pocket or burglar.
Then everyone began to use banks to ‘keep their hard-earnt money safe’ and for many years, banks, building societies and even the post office WERE safe repositories for our cash.
Then came the advent of credit and debit cards and internet banking.
Suddenly we could access our cash whenever we wanted to AND use cards to pay for a multitude of things online.
New problems began…
As we age it can become all too easy to fall into the habit of slumping in our favourite chair in front of the telly…
It’s easy. It’s familiar. We don’t have to think about it.
BUT…that sort of inactivity of both brain and body simply isn’t good for us. Have you ever seen someone retire as a physically fit individual and then seem to almost ‘shrink’ into retirement?