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My Retreat in Sri Lanka

Reading Time: 3 minutes Towards the end of my twenty years living in Dubai, discussions with friends turned to future retirement and the question of whether we’d settle easily back into Britain. One friend Bobby shared his vision of buying some land in Sri Lanka and developing a community for other like-minded souls to retire to. This idea seemed […]

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Lapping it up in Las Palmas

Reading Time: 4 minutes I’m a Piscean, for as long as I can remember I’ve been happiest when I’m close to the water, although I’m a terrible swimmer. I also love travelling although in recent years, mainly due to the pandemic, I haven’t strayed very far from home. For the past twenty years, I would say when asked how […]

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Thank you AofA Members – Round Up 2021

Reading Time: 7 minutes ‘AofA is my favourite place on the internet these days’ Marianne Power, author Help Me – how self-help has not changed my life Back in December 2015 when the idea was mooted for Advantages of Age in Suzanne Noble’s legendary garden hot tub, we had no idea what it would become. We just felt strongly […]

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Thank You from Suzanne to all the Members of AofA

Reading Time: 5 minutes I live by the principle that you don’t know until you try with very little consideration to the consequences. This attitude has in the past gotten me into sticky situations, primarily where men were concerned. Advantages of Age was no different, although with far better and more exciting results! I was sitting with new friends […]

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The Importance of a Good Travelling Companion

Reading Time: 9 minutes One’s destination is never a place but a new way of seeing things   Henry Miller I’m not one of those people who like to travel alone. I like to share my experiences with someone else. However, I don’t underestimate the difficulties of being with someone else for 24 hours a day. I know it’s a […]

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‘@147womendinnerparty – An Exhibition in Celebration of 147 Forgotten Women

Reading Time: 6 minutes ‘If lockdown has taught us one thing worth remembering in 2020, it is how much we have missed eating and drinking with friends and family. To enjoy being human is to share food, drink and the exchange of conversation across a table, not a zoom screen. To listen to another is what it is to […]

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Living in London during Lockdown – Hanja Kochansky

Reading Time: 5 minutes Eighty-three-year-old Hanja Kochansky is living alone and on lockdown in London. Everyone over the age of 70 has been asked to self-isolate for twelve weeks. But what does that mean exactly? Advantages of Age asked Hanja to tell us what her days are like. And what resources she has. The word isolated comes from the Latin insula, which […]

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Outrage Column: Concern versus Care

Reading Time: 5 minutes Does showing concern mean that you care? Does caring mean that you must be concerned? I am using these two words to illustrate some differences I see between two kinds of human behaviours, which often occur together or are mixed up with each other, and why my answers to the questions directly above are firmly […]

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Is Etiquette Dead?

Reading Time: 4 minutes I’m a swimmer. A pool swimmer. I’m proud to be part of a world – a swimmer’s world – where etiquette and codes of conduct prevail. There, at the foot of the swim lanes is a sign, Pool Rules. It’s clear and simple. I pride myself on etiquette in and out of the pool, and […]

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AofA People: Lorraine Bowen – Performer, Singer, Crumble Lady

Reading Time: 6 minutes Now known as The Crumble Lady, Lorraine Bowen won David Walliams’ Golden Buzzer on Britain’s Got Talent and has attracted tens of thousands of new fans of all ages; children are singing the Crumble Song at school, as are grown men in factories. Lorraine Bowen is a unique performer! Quirky costumes, original idiosyncratic songs, vintage […]