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Gloria Hunniford Talks of the early days, health & more...

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Ancient Turkey ... Discover the Great Empires

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12-13 Gloria Hunniford... Talks of early days, health & more 14-15 Get Empowered ... 5 Steps to a healthier and happier you 18-19 Make 2014 Your Year... By Angela Kelly

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Mobile moments of madness

There have been moments recently when I have been sorely tempted to launch my mobile telephone into orbit, pre-programmed to crash to earth on Richard Branson’s head. Since the beginning of the year my signal from the Virgin network had been gradually worsening often to the point where using a carrier pigeon would have been more effective. Of course the first line of defence for all mobile phone companies are the foreign call centres where everyone is called Godfrey or Marion and you know they’ve never been called that in their life. They’re irritatingly polite and heavily scripted on how to deal with awkward customers going ballistic down the phone and threatening to do all manner of unspeakable things. “Oh we’re very sorry for the inconvenience Mr Graham,” trilled

one after 45 minutes on the helpline which was the cut off, probably because a passing pigeon had blocked the one bar of signal which I was using. They want you to give in and go away don’t they? “Oh we’ll be giving you another 3,000 texts as compensation Mr Graham, isn’t that wonderful?” No! I want to speak to someone not write everything in text, I replied, quietly steaming and thinking of what I’d like to do with the operator’s headset. Many calls later I was allowed permission to speak to the technical department and, amazingly, I actually understood what he was saying. Virgin had decommissioned a mast close to our area and the signal was weakened because of it and there were no plans to recommission it in the future. Oh

Spreading the news A North Shields man loves Marmite so much that he’s changed his surname by deed poll to match the yeast spread.

Mr Marmite, 38, says he easily gets through a jar a week and also collects Marmite paraphernalia including limited edition jars, cufflinks and a recipe book dating back to the Second World War.

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I was in a quandary about who to go to for service, or should I revert back to the two syrup tins and a length of string which had been so effective in my youth? And cheaper. I settled for Talk Talk but for three days that was precisely what I couldn’t do, talk, until numbers had been ported, sims transferred and I had to threaten to separate at least three help line operators from their important bits. My wife opted for a package with one of those tablet come Kindly wotsit gadgets. It’s amazing the stuff they have now, even a phone that reacts when you look at it. I’m hanging on until they have one which soothes you when you can’t make a phone call, brews tea and makes a bacon sandwich. Sorry, just having another moment of mobile madness!

Tyred of wasted money It seems to me that an incredible amount of money is wasted on rather useless items, many in the name of education.

Saire May - now Marmite - made the leap to show his ‘devotion and passion’ to the dark brown paste. “I’m not exactly sure how old I was when I first tried Marmite, but I just remember eating it as far back as I can remember,” he said. “I like the smell, the taste, the texture. I think I pretty much like everything about it.”

nice, I live high on the Yorkshire moors and Graham Smith would have thought there Twitter Column was plenty of room for a new mast, but no, said the technical man. I was put through to the public relations department and a very polite chap confirmed that my signal would not improve and I was free to leave Virgin without penalty!

Our local school has just unveiled a “tyre park” which has cost a staggering £10,000. Now how many swimming lessons or creative activities could that money have bought instead of dumping a pile of old painted tyres for pupils to clamber across? “My family think I’m mad. However my mum just shrugged her shoulders, she expects this kind of thing from me,” he added. It’s the sort of silly idea which could spread.

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language and Greek, as well as a considerable amount of artefacts.

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The British Museum now houses two tombs, the Nereid monument and the Tomb of Payava, both of which were discovered at the ruins. Another tomb, known as the Harpy Tomb, is still located at the remains of the city. Only 4kms south of Xanthos, positioned on the banks of the Xanthos River, is one of the most important religious centres in the region – Letoon – where the foundations of temples can be seen. A further remain – the ancient city of Patara – can also be found in this historically rich region. Excavated in the 1980s, a magnificent Roman arch can be admired, as well as an impressive theatre. Once a prosperous

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commercial city, the ruins are positioned just a short distance from Patara Beach – one of the most photographed beaches in the Mediterranean.   There are also a number of other smaller sites and one of the more interesting and unusual ones is nearby Kekova which is home to the semi-sunken city of Simena. Originally a fishing village, a 2nd century earthquake had devastating effects on Simena – however it left behind an exceptional historical site. Half of the ancient houses have become submerged, with staircases leading down underwater, where the foundations of the buildings and an old harbour can be found. In 1990, this region was declared a protected area, prohibiting swimming and diving.   Further north and on its own peninsula lies the unspoilt rural region of Bozburun, yet another area which is home to other interesting historical settlements located in ancient Caria. From here, you can explore the ancient Greek settlement of Knidos, located just a short drive away on the nearby Datça Peninsula, a ruin that is built partly on the mainland and partly on the Island of Triopion which, in antiquity, was connected to the mainland by a bridge.

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TRAVEL - LEISURE at the airport with 20kg will incur a charge, sometimes quite a heavy one. Put together a packing list and try to travel light – you’ll be amazed how little you really need if the weather’s hot! The poor performance of the euro in Europe over the last few years has made eating out more expensive in many countries, too. “As a result I’ve seen a big increase in the numbers of people booking all-inclusive holidays where basically everything like food and drinks is included,” said Carol. “This is especially popular with families as we all know what it’s like taking children on holiday – they want drinks, ice creams etc and before you know you’ve spent a small fortune.”

HOLIDAYING FOR LESS GOING on holiday may seem like a fond dream for many when money seems to be stretched so tightly these days – but don’t give up on this particular dream because there are ways to holiday for less in 2014. For many of us, holidays are an excellent way to de-stress, relax and rejuvenate ourselves and our lives so they’re actually an excellent investment in our wellbeing. The first rule of getting the best value from your planned holiday, home or abroad, always used to be to either book early or book late.

are much higher. If you really have to go then as you’ve got school-age children or you work in education “then it’s more important than ever to book earlier, probably up to 11 months in advance when the airlines first release their prices,” she added.

However, travel expert Carol Allenby Carr from Travel Counsellors who has 18 years in the industry, says that although travellers often used to get better prices by booking a late deal the situation has changed. “Nowadays, with lots of tour operators and airlines penalising customers who leave it until the last minute by putting on late booking charges, the advice is definitely to book early,” she stated.

“Watch out for hidden charges on your flights on areas like luggage, meals on the plane and even choosing where you want to sit. These all cost extra so think things through. Do you need 20kg of luggage or could you make do with less? The same applies to prebooked seats. Is it worth paying around £20 each to get seats together booked beforehand when, if you turn up at the airport in good time, you should be able to be seated together anyway?”

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Some countries are generally better value than others. “You get more for your money in places like Turkey and Bulgaria and for those who want to travel further afield, Thailand and Goa are good choices,” said Carol. And don’t discount cruising, either. Sarah Ebden, who has wide experience helping clients enjoy cruises of all types and price ranges, says that early booking discounts are valuable. “Cruise fees are at their lowest when first on sale,” she explained. “Some luxury cruise lines even increase their fees as the sail date gets closer.” Sarah advises looking out for promotional offers, and then grabbing them straight away. “You may not see them again as they’re rarely repeated,” she said. Knowing the right time of year to look for discounts is always useful, too. Sarah points out that for cruises around Europe look for “specials” from late March through to April. For the Caribbean, the bargains are in the Autumn, and for river cruises low season is March, April and October to December. “Sail from a UK port to save on air-fare”, stated Sarah. “Go for ships that are not in the spotlight as they will be cheaper. For example, Norwegian has just launched the Breakaway, therefore its predecessor – the Epic – will now have lower fares.”

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Look for promotions such as on board credit and reduced drinks’ packages “as drinks on board can be expensive,” she added. Ships going back to their home port – or repositioning – may also offer great bargains on this single trip, so ask your cruise expert about this. Travel in a group and take advantage of group discounts, although not all cruiselines offer this. And the good news is that tell your travel agent if you’re over 55 as cruiselines often offer discounts to the over-55s.

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INTERVIEW: GLORIA HUNNIFORD

Gloria’s early days, health & more... By Angela Kelly

Gloria Hunniford was just enjoying a few weeks near Nice in France with her husband when we chatted. It marked a particularly busy time when she had been filming more programmes for the TV hit series Ripoff Britain, which had been extended

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to cover rip-offs on holidays and on food. And Ms Hunniford, now a lovely 73 year-old with the beautiful skin and enduring looks typical of Irish people, always tries to look after herself. “You need to keep balance, avoid being thrown off kilter,” she explains. “It’s very easy when you’re busy but I do try to take holidays and eat and sleep properly.” She’s also a great fan of vitamins, which she takes each day, and admits

to “a certain amount of exercise”, usually walking the dogs or using her exercise bike in front of the TV. “I’ve just lost two stone, though,” she states. “It wasn’t a vanity thing – my sister was diagnosed with diabetes and I asked the doctor what I should do to avoid it. Losing weight seemed a sensible idea so I cut out both sugar and carbohydrates and the weight just dropped off.” It feels like the popular broadcaster has always been with us. Radio and TV audiences love her, and Gloria has the enduring charm that people of all ages and both sexes find attractive and easygoing. I once stood next to her in an aiport queue as she took a flight to her native Ireland and her fellow travellers were plainly fascinated by the VIP in their

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midst, but also very warm to her. She was named after the actress Gloria Swanson but early on she became a singer, entertaining at her dad’s concerts. He was a newspaper man by day and a magician by night. She spent time in Canada, singing on TV and performing listeners’ Irish song requests on the radio, then returned home where she joined ITV’s new Ulster Television as a production assistant. She continued her singing, though, and got a record in the Ulster charts in 1969. After she was interviewed on BBC radio, the producer asked her to audition as an interviewer, then hired her for Northern Ireland’s equivalent of the Today programme. She cut her teeth on news and current affairs, moved on to a nightly news programme and finally ended up invited to work in London. Here, her friendly Irish accident and warm manner quickly won over fans. She filled in for Jimmy Young while he was on holiday, and the banter between her and Terry Wogan – whom she already knew – at the end of the programme swiftly enhanced her reputation. People felt she was a familiar friend on the air. She was given her own show, Gloria Hunniford’s Open House, and was a daily TV fixture for five years. She still makes appearances on The One Show and became a regular once more on our screens with another very popular series Cash in the Attic, which she loves. “They’ve got about 20 programmes already made but they’ve also now launched an interactive website and an app which is all very exciting because you can go onto the site anytime you want to, anywhere,” she says enthusiastically. “I love that programme – I’m a great fan of antiques and I’ve collected them myself for years. I collected so many angels and cherubs one of my sons forbade me to bring any more home!

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And I’ve also collected teapots and jewellery crosses.” She loves the surprises that people get when items they discover go to auction, and thoroughly enjoys the celebrity version. “I’m always amazed at how generous the celebrities are in donating items that can be sold for charity,” she adds. The Rip-off Britain series is another favourite with her. “I think we came along at just the right time with that brand,” she states. “The recession was just beginning and people felt even more aggrieved if they were being ripped off.” She is proud of the fact that the evening version draws a regular audience of 5.5 million viewers “and the daytime programme has very respectable figures, too,” she asserts. Work is plainly far from drying up for the evergreen presenter but she’s quick to state that she actually wants to work. “I enjoy work, and I’d hope to keep on working for as long as people want me to,” she adds. She and her second husband, Stephen Way, live in Sevenoaks, Kent, and family life is obviously very important to her. Her presenter daughter, Caron Keating, died from breast cancer after a brave fight in 2004 and any parent can start to imagine the personal devastation that brought. “I’ve had loss before, but nothing prepares you for the terrible darkness that descends when a child dies,” says Gloria. “It’s like trying to climb out of a big hole by your fingertips and, just when you think you’re at the top, something drags you back. “I felt like that for a long time, and many of the people who contacted us when Caron died – we had more than 8,000 letters – said it never really goes away.” But one person’s letter did strike a chord with Gloria, and showed the way ahead for her. It was someone who

“ I enjoy work, and I’d hope to keep on working for as long as people want me to” pointed out the importance of carrying Caron’s spirit forward, “I just felt then that I knew what I wanted to do,” she recalls. Gloria founded the Caron Keating Foundation, administered by the family and with all the funds raised being used to help charities concerned with all kinds of cancer. The result is that, over the past years, the foundation has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds which have gone to projects at 47 different cancer charities all around the country. This is obviously a source of some consolation to Gloria and her family, although you suspect that Caron is in her thoughts every day. “Someone said that people never die if they remain on the lips of the living,” she states, “and I believe that.”

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Get Empowered with 5 Steps to a Healthier and Happier You Dietitian and health coach Andrew Wilson shares expert advice Andrew Wilson is a Registered Dietitian and Member of the British Dietetic Association. Andrew specialises in weight management and has recently launched a free webinar aimed at addressing some common weight loss mistakes: www.livelighterin50days. com Andrew also writes a blog aimed at helping people understand how some ‘weight loss diets’ can cause health problems: www.dangerousdiets.co.uk Finding the willpower to make positive changes to your lifestyle can be challenging. That’s why Life Line Screening, the UK’s largest provider of mobile preventive health screenings, is now partnering with dietitian and health coach, Andrew Wilson. Making small and simple lifestyle changes can improve your health, and even have a positive impact on your emotional wellbeing.

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Sticking to a healthy diet and taking regular exercise can be a challenge when we’re busy, so don’t be tempted to set unrealistic goals. The good news is, saying ‘yes’ to a healthier lifestyle can be easy when you take one small step at a time. “Diet and lifestyle habits play an important part in substantially reducing our risk of developing heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. Making small positive changes to your lifestyle can help you lead a healthier and happier life.” says dietitian, health and weight loss coach Andrew Wilson. To kick-start your new routine, Andrew Wilson has provided some expert advice to help you develop healthy new habits:

5 Steps to a Healthier You: 1. Get checked: Getting a health screening is a good way to learn more about the status of your health. Understanding your health condition allows you to tackle

Health benefits of eating breakfast: Encourages a Healthy Heart: New research by Harvard University, confirms that eating a healthy breakfast regularly can help to reduce the risk of high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol - factors which can give rise to heart attack and heart disease. Maintain a Healthy Weight: Eating breakfast in the morning can help to stabilize blood sugar levels and speed up metabolism, essential for regulating appetite and preventing obesity. This means you’ll feel less hungry mid-morning – helping you to resist unhealthy snacks and allowing you to opt for healthier lunch meals. Keeps you happy, energized & mentally focused: When we wake up in the morning our muscles and brain need fuel to function efficiently throughout the day. Eating breakfast helps to provide a rush of essential vitamins and nutrients that boosts energy levels, concentration, memory and even mood! Choosing the right breakfast foods: A healthy breakfast should include a variety of foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole-grains, dairy and lean protein. On busy mornings, it can be all too easy to skip breakfast. Why

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Enjoy foods high in fat and sugar, but in moderation - foods high in fat and sugar, such as cakes, biscuits, chocolate and fried foods all taste good but in large amounts can raise your cholesterol, put weight on and won’t help your heart health in the long term. If you like to eat these foods, don’t cut them out altogether as this may make you want them even more. Instead, reduce the quantity and how often you have them, saving them for special occasions.

Some studies have correlated happiness with a stronger immune system, better ability to cope with stress, positive mood, greater pain endurance, longer life-span, and a lower risk of heart disease.

1. Smoothies are a great and yummy way to incorporate more fruit into your breakfast. Try blending strawberries, bananas and low-fat yogurt. Add some skimmed milk or fruit juice if it’s too thick! 2. Serve whole-wheat pancakes topped with bananas, honey and blueberries. Blueberries are packed with antioxidants that are great for fighting off disease and signs of ageing in the body. 3. Flavour your morning whole grain bagel with spreads like, low-fat cream cheese or fresh fruit preserves. 4. Add nuts or chopped fruit to your whole-grain cereal or porridge for an energy boosting breakfast! 5. Shave one ounce of dark chocolate onto a cup of low-fat yogurt. Dark chocolate contains antioxidants that can help reduce levels of bad cholesterol. 6. Drink unsweetened orange juice. The vitamin C in this citrus fruit help to strengthen your immune system and enhance collagen production, which is essential for keeping the skin looking plump and young!

Stay hydrated - drinking water is great to keep you hydrated; helping your body remove toxins, aid concentration and stop you feeling tired. Having a glass with a meal can make you feel fuller, helping to stop you from overeating. For extra flavour, try adding slices of your favourite fruit such as berries, lemon slices or fresh mint leaves. 3. Get active: • Use the stairs as often as possible instead of the lift or escalator. • Get off the bus a stop earlier and walk to your destination. • Turn housework into exercise dusting, vacuuming, cleaning the bath, washing the car, mowing the lawn and gardening are good ways to burn some extra calories.

7. Make a healthy omelette using organic eggs and fill with your favorite vegetables, e.g. onion, peppers or mushrooms!

• Instead of meeting friends for a coffee, why not meet in the park for a nice stroll?

8. Spread wholenut peanut butter onto slices of apple. Peanuts contain vitamin E which helps to repair damaged skin tissues, while apples provide fibre aiding normal digestive patterns.

Sleep plays an important role in our health. For adults, getting the recommended 7 hours per night has been shown to enhance memory, improve immune response and boost the body’s repair system.

9. Enjoy a cup of green tea with your breakfast - as it’s been found to lower blood pressure, reduce risk of diabetes and arthritis. 10. Try eating within an hour of waking up. The longer you wait to eat breakfast, the hungrier you will become, making you more likely to overeat. Have your 5 portions of fruits and vegetables which are packed with vitamins, fibre and antioxidants, essential for fighting off disease. Introduce whole grains into your meals - they’re good sources of fibre and can help regulate blood pressure and improve heart health. Good ideas

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4. Have a good night’s sleep:

5. Relax and unwind: Eliminating stress from your lifestyle can help your mind function better, heal your body faster and aids digestion. The Formula for a Healthy and Happy Life Don’t worry, be happy! Good health is something that most of us aspire for in life. Whether this means exercising regularly or eating the right foods – we’re essentially trying to look better or feel better for as long as possible. But are you making happiness part of your daily health routine? Growing research by physicians, philosophers and economists have linked the science

What’s the secret to happiness? Defining happiness isn’t a simple task. In an effort to narrow down our understanding, researchers have created the UK’s first ever ‘Feel Good Formula’: (Mx16 + Cx1 + Lx2) + (Tx5 + Nx2 + Bx33) So how do we interpret this equation? What does it all mean? Renowned professor, Dr Todd Kashdan who led the study explains: “there is no single secret to feeling good, but when these six ingredients are carefully attended to, in the right doses, you will be on target for a happy life”. The 6 factors in this ‘Feel Good Formula’ are: Live in the moment (M) – Try to appreciate the sounds, smells and sights around you that you might take for granted in your daily life. It is important to remind yourself every hour that you are awake (average= 16 hours). Be curious (C): Once a day, be spontaneous enough to explore the unknown and uncertain aspects of your life. Do something you love (L): An essential part of a happy life is to take part in an activity twice a day that truly gives you pleasure or excites you. Think of others first (T): While it is important to care for yourself, there is great value in spreading love to others - which can ultimately make you feel good too. Share your appreciation with people around you 5 times a day, by offering compliments, listening intently and doing good deeds. Nurture relationships (N): Research has found that the happiest people in the world have a close relationship with a significant other. Twice a day, make an effort to devote some quality time to a family member, relative, friend or partner. Take care of your body (B): This doesn’t have to mean extreme dieting or intense exercising. Embracing your body is about nourishing yourself with healthy food three times a day and incorporating 30 minutes of exercise once a day. 15


Aged 40-74? No history of stroke, heart disease, kidney disease or diabetes? You’re eligible for a free NHS Health Check. Go to healthysurrey.org.uk/ healthchecks for details of participating GPs and pharmacists Or email healthchecks@ surreycc.gov.uk

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Taking control of your health with a check Prepare for the future and take steps to maintain or improve your health. Just because you feel fitter now than at any other point in your life doesn’t mean it’s not worth having a health check. It will help you identify your risk of developing illnesses like heart disease, stroke, diabetes or kidney disease, so you can take the best course of action to stay healthy and active for longer.

pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes at any point in their life but the risk increases from age 40 onwards and having one could increase your risk of developing another, or indeed a more serious condition in the future.

If you’re under 74 (the starting age is 40) and have not had a stroke or been diagnosed with heart disease, kidney disease or diabetes you’re eligible for a free NHS Health Check at a nearby pharmacy or GP surgery. It’s quick, easy and free and could make a big difference to your health, and life, in the long term.

Why should I have an NHS health check? As you get older it’s important to pay a little more attention to your health. Picking up problems early means averting more serious conditions later and in real terms means you’ll continue doing the active things you love for much longer. Both men and women can develop conditions like high blood

The more than sobering facts of the matter are: •

A blocked artery or bleed in the brain can cause a stroke.

Diabetes or high blood pressure can result in chronic kidney disease, which increases your risk of having a heart attack.

Being overweight and physically inactive can lead to type 2 diabetes.

A blocked artery in the heard might cause a heart attack or angina.

Undiagnosed type 2 diabetes could increase your risk of further health problems including heart disease, kidney disease and stroke.

What will happen at the check? The check will only take about 20-30 minutes and you’ll be asked a few questions about your family history and lifestyle choices which may put your health at risk. Your GP or pharmacist will make a note of your weight, age, sex and ethnicity before taking your blood pressure. You’ll also have a simple blood test to check your cholesterol level.

What will happen once I’ve had the check? Your GP or pharmacist will talk you through the results and tell you how you can reduce your risk and stay healthy. There are a range of possible outcomes: •

You’ll be given personalised advice on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

If you have raised blood pressure, you will have your kidneys checked through a blood test.

You might need to have another blood test to check for type 2 diabetes. You GP or pharmacist will

be able to tell you more about this. •

Treatment or medication may be prescribed to help you stay healthy.

How can I stay healthy in the meantime? It’s important to stay active to avoid those aches and pains some people think come naturally as you get older. This is a great excuse to get outdoors and do some gardening, join a local ramblers club, play some tennis or head out onto the golf course. Maintaining a healthy diet becomes increasingly important as you get older and there are a few food groups that you need to make sure you eat plenty of. Food rich in fibre and starch such as bread and rice will help with your digestion. Iron can be found in lean red meat as well as pulses and is important for keeping your energy levels up. Avoid osteoporosis by maintaining a strong bone density through taking on lots of calcium, which can be found in milk, cheese and yogurt – stick to low fat varieties. It’s easy to not realise how much salt you eat but make sure it’s less than six grams a day to lower your risk of high blood pressure.

How do I get an NHS health check? If you’re aged between 40 and 75 and haven’t previously been diagnosed with stroke, heart disease, kidney disease or diabetes you will be invited for a check once every five years. It’s important that you attend this appointment to reduce your risk of developing these health problems in the future. Visit www.healthysurrey. org.uk/healthchecks or email healthchecks@surreycc.gov.uk for details of participating GPs and pharmacists.


Make 2014 Your Year! By Angela Kelly

Most of us treat a New Year in the same way – we mentally list all the things we want to change in the next 12 months …. but then do little about it until the next new year! Well, here’s the chance to make 2014 YOUR year and change all those areas of your life with which you’re unhappy. And that doesn’t necessarily just apply to your home and your job but also the shape you’re in and many of the things

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you might like to change about yourself if you just could. For a start, are you happy with the shape you’re in? Even the most gorgeous celebrities or top models complain about some element of their bodies, so the rest of us are bound to have a list of “improvements”! Weight is an obvious one. So, if you’ve been promising yourself to drop a few pounds – or a stone or two – join a slimming club now, or put yourself on a good WEIGHT-LOSS programme. Start this journey with a quick visit to your GP, of course, to check that there’s no medical stumbling blocks involved but after that – ready, steady, slim! Complement your shape as the pounds disappear, too, with a new approach to your FITNESS regime. Gym membership these days is generally

very economical, especially if you attend regularly, and you’ve got the added bonus of having expert help on hand and being surrounded by likeminded people. Make a gym visit part of your regular routine as a way of ensuring you keep happy and healthy – and trimmer – and you’ll keep that hard-won weight-loss off for good. For those with limited mobility, the risk of falling in a bathroom is high. As we get older, falls can become a major health problem so maintaining a safe home environment is essential. Everyday tasks that most people take for granted can become an actual danger for those with limited mobility.

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You may decide that a New Year is just the time to change from struggling along with a large and expensive property to something more suitable and economical. There is a wealth of suitable places these days, including comfortable modern apartments needing the minimum of maintenance, and with staff on-site to support you daily. And the bonus is that you’re in a community of older people also determined to enjoy life!

Sometimes a simple solution is all that is needed to improve home safety, such as installing grab bars or using a specially designed inflatable cushion to get in and out of the bath. As the UK’s leading bathing solutions provider Aquability have been changing the lives of their customers for over 15 years. Their mobility products include walk- in baths, sitdown showers, powered safety seats and more. With a comprehensive product range that is constantly updated and an expert team on hand to advise you, Aquability can deliver the perfect solution to your mobility needs, on any budget.

Visit www.aquability.com to find out more. Perhaps you want to try out a NEW HAIRSTYLE – a fresh, shorter look or a change of colour. Consult your hairdresser and take his or her advice on cut, condition and just what suits you. Consider finally getting your dental work sorted out or having your TEETH WHITENED if you’re unhappy with your smile. It is, after all, often the first thing that people notice about you and there are plenty of excellent treatments around. Your dentist can advise here. It may be that you would like to ditch those specs and improve your EYESIGHT. Laser surgery has come on remarkably in the last few years, so shop around for the best and most trusted treatment. Certainly, for many of us, our wishlist contains COSMETIC SURGERY for a crooked nose, saggy chin or to get rid of those frown lines. Choose a reputable clinic or salon and give yourself the face or other identified body part you’ve always wanted. This may be the year that you decide to MOVE HOUSE. The housing market is definitely much more buoyant and all the signs are good for getting the home of your dreams. Local estate agents and mortgage advisors are always happy to help you with your personal home possibilities. Or, it could be that you like your current address but want to put in an EXTENSION or CONSERVATORY. A

Laser surgery has come on remarkably in the last few years, so shop around for the best and most trusted treatment local builder can give you a quote without charge for an extension, and it’s certainly worth talking to an architect about making the most of this planned space first. They’re the experts on coming up with clever plans and utilising extensions in the most practical way to suit your family’s lifestyle. If you go online to see the kinds of extensions and conservatories available, you can mix and match the best of ideas to suit your plans. Your property may just need the kind of brightening up that a good DECORATOR can provide. Sometimes, changing the colourscheme and furnishings really cheers up rooms and transforms the home. It may be that you’re at that stage of life when you want to DOWNSIZE, perhaps realise some of the capital in your property. If you’re in those golden years and want tailor-made accommodation, it’s definitely worth considering a retirement village or sheltered accommodation.

Of course, it may be that you’ve been promising yourself that special HOLIDAY for several years. So, this could well be the time to consider going to Australia or New Zealand, Macau or Malibu. Consult a reliable travel agent for the kind of personal service you’ll need for the trip of a lifetime. It may be that you’ve got a close relative or friend in a far-flung spot that you’d love to visit but never thought you could. Now is just the time to see if this is a possibility, and how it could be achieved. Perhaps you’re determined to finally go to a special SPORTING OCCASION, like the Winter Olympics in Russia in February, the World Twenty20 cricket in Bangladesh in April or the Masters’ golf in Augusta that month. Again, your travel can create a personal travel itinerary that will ensure you realise your dream trip, and enjoy the experience every bit as much as you thought you would. Your New Year Resolutions may be far more modest than any of these, although they may well enhance your life just as much. You may decide that in 2014 you will definitely QUIT SMOKING so take a good look at all the products around to actively help you with this – there’s everything from patches to e-cigarettes these days, hypnotherapists and local health expert support on offer so there’s really no excuse. Or you may have decided to LEARN a musical instrument or a foreign language. All it takes is that initial decision that you’re not going to leave things for another year. You’re not simply going to say “I wish I could ….” You’re actually going to do it!


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FOOD & DRINK - LOW FAT WINTER WARMERS

Si King and Dave Myers are self-confessed food lovers. Food isn’t just fuel to them, it’s their life. But like many of us they’ve found that the weight has crept on over the years. Si and Dave have come up with tasty recipes that are low in calories and big in flavour, and many we have featured in 50 Plus Magazine.

OLD FASHIONED CHICKEN AND VEGETABLE STEW

This is real food for real people, not skinny minnies. They are ideas for family meals.

The cider and bacon add a touch of sweetness and extra flavour to the chicken and veg, making this a lovely supper dish. Keep it low-fat by removing the skin from the chicken legs before cooking and using as little oil as possible for browning the meat and vegetables. SERVES 4 3 tbsp plain flour 2 tsp dried thyme 4 chicken leg quarters 2 tbsp sunflower oil 4 rashers of rindless smoked back bacon, cut into 1cm-wide strips 2 medium onions, chopped 2 celery sticks, thinly sliced 150g small chestnut mushrooms, wiped and sliced or quartered if large 500ml bottle of dry cider 300ml chicken stock, (made with 1 chicken stock cube) 2 bay leaves 400g Chantenay or other small fat carrots, trimmed and peeled 2 slender leeks, trimmed and cut into 2cm slices flaked sea salt freshly ground black pepper. METHOD Mix the flour and thyme with a good pinch of salt and plenty of freshly ground black pepper in a large strong

freezer bag. Strip the skin off the chicken legs and put them on a board. Break the joint of each leg by bending it in the opposite direction. You may hear a small crack. Cut each leg quarter in half with a sturdy knife to give 8 chicken portions. Using a good set of kitchen scissors, trim off any visible fat. Put the chicken portions in the freezer bag, a few at a time, and shake well until they are evenly coated in the flour. Heat the oil in a large non-stick fying pan over a medium heat and fry the chicken, a few pieces at a time, until golden brown all over. As they are browned, transfer the chicken pieces to a large flameproof casserole dish. Preheat the oven to 1800C/Fan 1600C/ Gas 4. Put the bacon, onions and celery in the pan used for browning the chicken and fry for 4-5 minutes over medium heat until lightly browned, stirring often.

Add the mushrooms and cook for 2 minutes more, then tip everything into the casserole dish with the chicken pieces. Sprinkle in any flour remaining in the freezer bag and stir well. Pour about half the cider into the frying pan and stir vigorously with a wooden spoon to lift any sediment from the bottom. Simmer for a few seconds, then pour into the casserole. Add the rest of the cider and the stock, then stir in the carrots and bay leaves and bring to a simmer on the hob. Cover with a lid and cook in the centre of the over for 1 hour, then remove the casserole from the oven and stir in the leeks. Pop the dish back into the oven for a further 30-40 minutes or until the chicken is tender and the sauce thickened. Serve with some green beans or spring onions. 435 Calories per portion.


LAMB, SPINACH AND POTATO CURRY This is a low-cal version of Dave’s favourite curry - saag gosht - becuase he couldn’t bear to it give it up. If you are running short of time, cut out the fresh garlic, ginger and chilli - the curry will still taste great. The recipe contains potatoes so there is no need to serve it with extra rice.

SCRAMBLED EGGS WITH SMOKED SALMON SERVES 6 600g lamb leg steaks (about 4 steaks) 1 tbsp sunflower oil 2 large onions, roughly chopped 4 large garlic cloves, peeled and roughly chopped 25g chunk of fresh root ginger, peeled and roughly chopped 1 plump fresh chilli, (deseeded if you like) 75g medium or mild curry paste (depending on your taste) 400g can of chopped tomatoes 350g potatoes, preferably Maris Pipers, peeled and cut into 3cm chunks 450ml water 2 bay leaves 1 tsp flaked sea salt, plus extra for seasoning the meat 1 tsp caster sugar 3 ripe medium tomatoes, quartered 100g young spinach leaves freshly ground black pepper METHOD Trim the lamb of any hard fat and cut the meat into rough chunks of about 3cm. Season with salt and pepper. Heat a teaspoon of the oil in a large non-stick frying pan and fry the lamb in 2 batches until lightly coloured on all sides. Transfer the lamb to a plate as soon as each batch is browned. Heat the remaining oil in a large flameproof casserole dish and add the onions. Cook over a medium heat for

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6-8 minutes until they’re softened and lightly browned, stirring regularly. Turn down the heat, add the garlic, ginger, chilli and curry paste and cook for 5 minutes more, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat and blitz the onion mixture with a stick blender until blended to a purée. Or you can let the mixture cool for a few minutes, then blend it in a food processor before tipping it back into the casserole. Return the casserole to the hob over a medium heat. Preheat the oven to 1900C/Fan 1700C/Gas 5. Add the browned lamb to the spiced onion purée in the dish and cook over a gentle heat for 2-3 minutes, stirring. Add the chopped tomatoes, potatoes, water, bay leaves, teaspoon of salt and sugar. Bring everything to a gentle simmer, then cover with a lid and place the casserole in the oven for 1 hour and 30 minutes or until the lamb is tender and the sauce has thickened. Check after 1 hour and give the contents of the casserole dish a good stir. Take the dish out of the oven and remove the lid. Stir in the quartered tomatoes and spinach leaves. Cover once more and return to the oven for a further 5 minutes or until the tomatoes are soft and the spinach has wilted. Serve hot with some spoonfuls of fatfree yoghurt if you fancy.

This is a treat - light but tasty and packed with protein. It takes next to no time to prepare and makes a really special weekend breakfast or brunch. Shows that you can breakfast like a king and still keep the calories under control. SERVES 2 4 medium eggs 1 tbsp freshly snipped chives, plus a few extra to garnish(optional) 15g butter 4 slices of smoked salmon (about 75g) 1 English muffin, cut in half flaked sea salt freshly ground black pepper METHOD Beat the eggs with a pinch of flaked sea salt and lots of freshly ground black pepper. Use a metal whisk and make sure you beat the eggs really well. Stir in the chives if you’re using them. Melt the butter in a medium non-stick saucepan over a low heat. Pour the beaten eggs into the pan and cook very gently for 2 minutes, stirring slowly until the eggs are softly scrambled. Remove from the heat and stir for a few seconds more - the eggs will continue to cook for a while. While the eggs are cooking, toast the muffin and put 1 half on each plate, cut side up. Spoon the scrambled eggs over the muffins, add the slices of smoked salmon and season with a little more black pepper. Garnish with extra chives if you wish. Serve immediately.

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We Three Kings Christmas Festivities at Polesden Lacey Sat & Sun 30 Nov, 1 Dec, 7 Dec, 8 Dec, 14 Dec, 15 Dec, 21 Dec & 22 Dec. 11am – 4pm Polesden Lacey, Dorking, Surrey RH5 6BD See the house dressed for a period Christmas and discover the stories of the three kings who visited Polesden – Edward VII, George V and George VI. Plus sleigh rides, Father Christmas and more… Normal admission for grounds, plus £4 adult, £1 child, £10 family for the house, including members Contact Details Tel:01372 452048

Meet Santa and his reindeers at Birdworld's Christmas wonderland

Santa Lands by Helicopter in Reigate!

30/11/2013 - 01/12/2013 Birdworld, Holt Pound, Farnham, Surrey GU10 4LD

Saturday 7th December 2013 Gates Open 10:30am, Santa  Helicopter Lands 11:30am. Gates Close 2pm, Bell Street, Reigate, Surrey RH2 7RL

Meet Santa’s reindeer and some of our friendly farm animals before you enter a magical world full of animated characters in winter wonderland settings. As you walk through the different scenes, you can enjoy friendly banter with the impish elves before the children meet Santa to receive their present.

This fun event will have a grotto, funfair rides, hot and cold drinks/food, candyfloss, balloons and fun stalls run by local Scout and Guide groups.

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Redhill and Reigate Roundtable invite you to welcome Father Christmas as he lands by helicopter at Priory Park School in Reigate. 

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OUT & ABOUT All monies raised from the event will be used to provide support to local charities. Gates open at 10.30am. Santa Lands at 11.30am.  We look forward to seeing you then! Contact Details Tel: 07846 200614

Christmas Open Day - GMES Model Steam Rally Sunday 8th December 2013 Burchatts Farm, London Road, Guildford Surrey GU1 1TU. 11am - 3pm

Brunch ramblings at Polesden Lacey Thursday 26 December - Wednesday 1st January 10am-1pm. £17. Polesden Lacey, Dorking, Surrey RH5 6BD Warming brunch followed by a 2-hour guided winter ramble. Tel: 01372 452048

Come and enjoy the train rides on our miniature railway. Free admission. Free parking, Festive food available.

Christmas Carols at Hatchlands Saturday 15th December 2013 Hatchlands Park, Guildford, Surrey GU4 7RT. 3pm - 4pm Come to Hatchlands Park for a festive afternoon. Tickets: Full: £5.00. Child: £3.00. Family: £14.00 (2 adults and 2 children) Tickets available from Guildford Tourist Information Centre: 155 High Street, Guildford, Surrey GU1 1AJ. Telephone: 01483 444334

Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink 30th November 2013 to 12th January 2014, (closed on Christmas Day).

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Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU The Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink returns this festive period for yet another splendid skating season. Put your ear muffs, gloves and skates on, grab someone's hand and have some fun this Christmas. With the spectacular backdrop of Hampton Court Palace's West Front, the Ice Rink is an event not to be missed. Enjoy festive refreshments from the Frost Fayre Cafe, serving seasonal food and drink throughout the ice skating season - perfect for when you've worked up an appetite on the outdoor ice rink at Hampton Court. Beautifully illuminated after dark, it makes a stunning night-time destination. Enjoy the fairytale scenery as you glide around the ice under the evening stars!

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INTERVIEW: ANN Widdecombe and when I was nine or 10 had written two books – if you could call three exercise books bound together a book.” Unsurprisingly, when she quit politics she turned to writing and has four successful novels under her belt with a fifth underway. This latest one, unlike her other books, is a detective novel – “it’s not full of sex, it’s a straightforward detective story,” she states. However, it was politics which has claimed much of her life, starting with an election trail that began as a candidate in Burnley in 1979. She moved on to try in Plymouth Devonport against Dr David Owen in 1983 before she successfully became MP for Maidstone in 1987. She had a hard-working and stellar rise up the Conservative Parliamentary ranks to become Minister of State for the Department of Employment in 1994, then for the Home Office in 1995.

STRICTLY ANN ANN Widdecombe tucked surprisingly dainty feet under her and sat happily recounting highlights from a career that has taken her from Parliament to “Strictly Come Dancing.” The former Tory minister was part-way through a hectic book tour to publicise her very entertaining autobiography, “Strictly Ann,” and was taking

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time out for a quick chat and a welcome cuppa. She is 66 now, with a big personality belied by her petite stature, but with the same feisty nature that turned her into a scourge of the Opposition and a staunch defender of Catholic values. It also complemented a formidable intellect honed at Oxford University where she was active in the Oxford Union. “Before I got into politics I always thought I’d be a writer,” she explains. “I’d always loved reading

In opposition, she was Shadow Health Secretary and Shadow Home Secretary. In 2007 she announced her intention of retiring from politics at the next General Election, and in 2010 her considerable and often controversial presence left the House of Commons for good. Ask her, however, what was one of the most memorable achievements of her political tenure and she won’t point to a major Bill or campaign. “It was getting one of my constituents out of jail in Morocco,” she says simply. “They really didn’t think it could be done.” Her trenchant views, no-nonsense approach and – as it transpired – sheer likeability meant that she quickly swapped political status for celebrity status. She already had a strong TV curriculum vitae from fronting various documentaries and from discussion programmes, but the public suddenly got to see www.50plusmagazine.co.uk


her in a new light when she agreed to take part in “Strictly Come Dancing.” “Several of my friends said ‘what do you want to do Strictly for?’ because they still saw me as a politician,” she recalls. “I knew that I was no longer a politician. “I’d turned down Big Brother because I hate that kind of intrusive programme, and I could never go on ‘I’m A Celebrity ….. Get Me Out Of Here!’ because I couldn’t eat any of those disgusting things they make you eat. “But I liked the idea of Strictly. Of course , I was very glad to get Anton du Beke as a partner. One of the earliest things he said to me was ‘Ann, it will be much better if we do our best to keep your feet off the floor.’” Ann, who threw herself into the gruelling daily rehearsals as she does everything else in life, worked hard. “I’m lucky enough to enjoy pretty good health so I was flung about and didn’t come out with more than the odd bruise,” she says, laughing at the memory. While the judges were unimpressed with Ann’s efforts, however cleverly choreographed by her partner, the public loved her. Game as always, Ann even agreed to “fly” in on a high-wire – “which I absolutely hated as I’ve got height phobia. I kept my eyes closed during rehearsals, but I had to open them for the broadcast.” The public vote kept the duo in the hit programme for nine weeks before they left. What did Anton have in mind if they’d reached the final? “Well, he was going to fly in from one side and I was going to fly in from the other, and we were going to dance in the air!” Ann laughs again. “Yes, the public were denied that.” Her Strictly appearance did, however, not only lead to an enjoyable live national tour of the show but also to panto. This was in tandem with Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood who had proved to be the biggest critic of Ann’s dancing declaring her a “disah-ster.” While she has been involved in a variety of other TV programmes – including an excellent documentary series “Ann Widdecombe Versus” tackling a variety of contemporary problems – she really enjoyed her most recent, quiz show “Cleverdicks” for Sky Atlantic. “And I really regret that they didn’t re-commission that series because it was great,” comments Ann.

There have been, however, some discussions about Ann and Anton du Beke teaming up for a TV sitcom – “it still seems to be out there although nothing has been decided.” And she readily admits that she would love to have one of her books made into a film – “who wouldn’t?” is her honest comment. There are many who believe she should have gone into the House of Lords when her career in the House of Commons ended, but perhaps her opposition to both fox hunting and gay marriage has not made her a special favourite of David Cameron’s. However, Ann refuses to publicly comment on this one and believes the country should give the Coalition a chance to work properly. As for future plans, she is open to ideas. “I never plan in detail,” she states. “I just see what comes along.” What is certain, however, is that the word “retirement” means very little about slowing down for this indefatigable lady. “I’m from a long-lived family, and I don’t understand people who complain about being retired,” she asserts. “I don’t think I could ever do absolutely nothing.”

My Bronte Book Your autobiography captured in a beautiful, illustrated volume for your family to treasure. Complete with a web site of your pictures and recordings of your stories. Written in Haworth, home of the Brontes. Haworth gave birth to the historic novels of the Bronte sisters and it can become the birthplace of your personal story. Makes a wonderful gift for loved ones. Bronte Book will publish your personal autobiography, written and published in Haworth, to pass on as a living legacy after making detailed recordings. Within the four month long process comes your own web site (also available separately) containing recordings, pictures and special stories. Your own living legacy which we know you will enjoy compiling. You may choose a book and/or a web site and an e-book within the package which starts from £300 ranging to £2,750 for the full process, which can include up to 20 books. A deposit with instalment payments plan is available.

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BEAUTY a pleasant smile. Paradoxically, crowns and dentures with teeth that are too white, too straight and too uniform can also make a person look older than their years. The key is for a natural smile of healthylooking teeth and gums that enhances and suits your face. Clever dentists can carefully add well-matched filling material to the tips of worn lower teeth these days. And it’s also easier now to get rid of a denture with fixed teeth or by fixing or stabilising a denture with implants – all of which can be a massive boost to confidence. If you’re looking for beauty procedures with natural-looking results, try these ideas:

Keeping Ageing at Bay WE long ago seem to have decided against growing old gracefully and opted to do whatever we can to keep ageing at bay. Fortunately, there are plenty of things we can do to help ourselves, whether or not we want to resort to cosmetic surgery. In fairness, the cosmetic surgery industry in this country is generally of a very high standard. But, as in anything where you are dealing with your health and investing large amounts of money, it’s worth checking out your private clinic or hospital of choice and comparing both costs and reputations with others. Eyebag removal, facelifts, cheek and chin implants, tummy tucks, arm lifts and thigh lifts are now all relatively common procedures – although they are all still surgery and require proper consideration and investigation beforehand. However, there are less drastic options we can undergo that don’t involve the scalpel but can still improve our appearance. First, though, it’s worth ensuring that you’ve explored all that Mother Nature has to offer - along with your active co-operation. A healthy diet is vital for glowing skin and hair, and it’s important to keep your weight within a reasonable level, too. If you’re not sure whether you’re

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overweight or underweight, ask your doctor and take his or her advice. Plenty of fruit and vegetables, in particular, are good for health along with a certain amount of protein in meat, fish or pulses. If you’re on a specific diet – for health or other reasons – you may need a vitamin supplement to ensure you keep well and look and feel good. Consulting a nutritionist or asking your GP’s advice are good starting points here. Exercise can also ensure our joints and muscles stay supple, which is a great aid to youthful vitality as well as improving the shape we’re in. Regular walking in the fresh air can give an outdoorsy look that’s attractive at any age, and the enjoyment of an activity that allows us to relax our faces and bodies can also hold back the years. Having an attractive smile is surprisingly ante-ageing. In fact, your smile is very important in this ageing battle as an unattractive smile can positively age you far more than skin can in most cases. Missing teeth, very crooked teeth, poor gum health or very discoloured teeth or fillings will obviously not add up to

Anti-wrinkle injections – These involve injecting botulinum toxin type A (the most famous brand being Botox) into facial muscles. This can actually prevent muscle action so effectively reduce frown-lines, furrowing of the forehead and wrinkles around the eyes. When this is carried out well by skilled practitioners, it not only means less wrinkles but a less tired, more relaxed look – like you’ve just been on a lovely holiday! Dermal fillers – A major problem as we get older is the loss of volume, indeed loss of fat, in the face. Fillers are designed to be used in the face to plump up targeted areas and lines such as the naso-labial folds and the marionette lines around the nose and mouth. They are also great for correcting the turned-down mouth that can sometimes come with age. Temporary fillers are also an effective and popular way of filling folds and lines, and for defining and augmenting lips. If injections are complete anathema to you, think about the many treatments that the beauty industry can now offer. Facial treatments generally, though, tend to work best on a well-cared for skin so it’s important to keep skin well hydrated inside and out. Keeping to well-known beauty product names may well help here as you may know better what your skin reaction will be. One typically famous brand offered in some salons is Guinot, and one of their most popular treatments comes from the Hydradermie range. The Hydradermie deep cleansing facial is, apparently, much beloved by celebrities like Jennifer Aniston and

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Coleen Rooney. This involves deepcleansing the skin, and it also stimulates cellular renewal. The benefits are particularly felt by those with dry skin, and it also reduces the sebum level in oily skin. The Hydradermie Lift is a machinebased facial using cutting-edge technology to treat both the skin and the facial muscles for an immediate “lifting” effect. Designed for skin that shows signs of loss of elasticity, it targets areas where fine lines are most evident – around the eyes, mouth and nose and across the forehead. It also “lifts” and firms the cheeks, jawline and neck.

1. Avoid and reduce stress as much as possible. Stress is one of the most common causes of premature ageing, so take time to relax and have a little humour in your life.

The treatment consists of three phases: the vitamin-enriched serum, the thermal treatment mask and the firming massage. The facial finishes with the

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The great thing about all facial treatments for many of us, of course, is that it’s such an enjoyable and luxurious process that we automatically come away feeling much more relaxed – and thus also much younger looking! TOP TIPS FOR STAYING YOUNG FOR LONGER

Liftosome Facial – This facial treatment has been specially developed to treat the problems associated with mature skin including lack of skin tone and loss of radiance. With age or fatigue, we notice a slackening and loss of firmness of the skin, especially in the cheeks, chin and neck. This is largely caused by the deterioration of the elastic fibres of the dermis. The skin loses density and becomes dehydrated, resulting in dryness, wrinkling and slackening.

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application of moisturisers to the face, neck and eye area.

2. Spend as much time with your family and friends. An increase in social connections can help improve the quality of life and can influence life extension. 3. Oxygen is vital for keeping your body healthy. Make sure you get plenty of fresh air and ensure you have plenty of plants around you at home and at work. 4. Whilst keeping active can help fight the loss of stamina, muscle strength, balance and bone density associated with ageing. Exercising your mind is equally important to exercising your body. A healthy and active mind will

help you feel younger. Try learning something new to keep your brain stimulated. 5. Having the right amount of sleep is essential to staying young. Taking a short nap can make a huge difference to thinking clearly and feeling happy, but make sure it’s just after lunch so that night sleeping is not disrupted. 6. Keep the brain active by doing something new every day – clean your teeth with the other hand or take a new route to work 7. Laughter releases endorphins thus relieving pain, reduces stress hormones and boosts the immunity system. So put on those comedy DVDs and laugh a lot! 8. The facial feedback hypothesis suggests that facial expressions influence our emotions. So smile and feel better. It’s the greatest facelift in the world! 9. Stand tall. Good posture can make us look 10 years younger and much more confidant. 10. A suntan makes us look healthy and vibrant, but in the long run it’s terribly ageing. A little colour with the protection of sunscreen is the answer.

STRUGGLE TO GET IN & OUT OF YOUR OLD BATH? Designed to fit in the same space as your old bath, the Shower Module’s unique construction enables it to be FITTED IN JUST ONE DAY* with NO MESS, NO FUSS and NO RE-TILING either! ● ● ● ● ● ●

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Independence for you, peace of mind for your family

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Simple telecare equipment can help residents stay safe and independent “My dad Davi d, has to take medication three times a day. Like most people, it’s easy to forget, so I call him a few times daily to check up on him. Usually the calls are short, hurried and focused on him taking his pills. When I had to go away for a weekend recently, I was worried how he would manage. I arranged for him to get support thro ugh Surrey Telecare, who provided a pill dispenser to help remind him to take medicines on time.

What difference has Telecare made to you and your family? Having the pill dispenser has given my Dad his confidence back, as he can look after himself. It has given me the peace of mind to know he will be OK. Now when I call him, we can talk about family or the weather; not his pills!”

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Pill dispenser This lockable device rem inds people to take pre-measured medication doses by sounding an ala rm. If they miss taking their pills, it can trigger an alarm to a monitoring cen tre which can either prompt them to do so, or call a family member or carer to do it.

How telecare works The pill dispenser is one of the many telecare sensors that links to a community alarm to enable it to communicate with the 24 hour monitoring centre. The free 12 week trial offer includes a community alarm provided by Surrey’s borough and district councils. After 12 weeks, if you decide to keep the community alarm 32

and telecare sensor, you pay only for the community alarm which costs between £4 and £5 a week, depending where you live. The additional sensors are absolutely FREE. Telecare sensors are designed to help people of all ages to live more independently by monitoring their safety around the home. Other sensors

available to meet specific needs include linked smoke alarm, falls detectors, gas and carbon monoxide detectors. To find out more about this offer, contact Surrey Telecare. Call: 0800 195 6035 SMS: 07976 843825 or Visit: www.surreytelecare.com

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How telecare can help at home Community alarm and pendant Helpful for: personal wellbeing Passive infra-red sensor Helpful for: personal wellbeing, falls, mobility and home safety Flood sensor Helpful for: home safety

Carbon monoxide and gas detectors Helpful for: home safety Pill dispenser Helpful for: personal wellbeing Temperature extremes alarm Helpful for: home safety

Bed and chair sensors Helpful for: falls and mobility Fall detector Helpful for: personal wellbeing, falls and mobility

Enuresis alert Helpful for: personal wellbeing Door contact alarm Helpful for: home safety Linked smoke alarm Helpful for: home safety


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As well as replacing any missing teeth, Partial Dentures also look after the future health of your mouth by preventing your remaining teeth from rotating, tilting and moving into positions that prove unsightly and awkward for eating and talking. Depending upon your individual needs and preferences, your CDT may recommend Chrome Cobalt dentures. Following your initial consultation, a Clinical Dental Technician will assess your mouth and develop a personal treatment plan. Working with a Dentist, they will identify any possible problems. In this way, your Denture will be designed correctly and for the longterm, and ensure that you receive the highest standards of care and the right treatment for you and your teeth.

Denture Relines

Why choose Dentures from a Clinical Dental Technician? What is a Clinical Dental Technician? A Clinical Dental Technician or CDT is a registered Dental Care Professional who is trained and qualified to offer a range of Denture Services – services that were previously only available through your Dentist.

What qualifies a CDT to work on my Dentures? With many years experience working as Dental Technicians, CDTs have the advanced technical and clinical skills needed to carefully design and handcraft every denture to the individual requirements of the patient. Every Clinical Dental Technician has following credentials: Graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons l Holds a Diploma in Clinical Dental Technology l Is registered with the General Dental Council as a Dental Technician and CDT l Has appropriate insurance to work with patients l

Never seek Denture advice or treatment from someone who is not trained or qualified to practice as a Clinical Dental Technician or Dentist in the UK.

Complete Dentures If you are experiencing the total loss of all your natural teeth, a Clinical Dental Technician can help you. As well as taking its toll on daily activities like eating, talking and even laughing, total tooth loss can impact heavily on self-esteem and quality of life. A CDT will create and fit the Complete Denture that replaces your missing teeth and adjacent tissue in your lower and upper jaws. A CDT can help you find the Complete Dentures that will: l Help you to form sounds and bring new clarity to your speech l Feel more secure about eating the food you want l Countering sagging facial muscles and sunken features that can make you appear older (especially around your mouth, lips and cheeks)

Partial Dentures If one or several of your teeth are lost or missing, a CDT can help you restore your smile with a Partial Denture. By replacing your individual missing teeth, Partial Dentures can give you back the look and function of a full set of healthy, natural teeth.

If your dentures tilt, wobble or rub, a Clinical Dental Technician can reline your denture, making the small alterations that make a big difference to the way they fit and feel. Please be aware that a Denture Reline will normally require that you leave your dentures with your Clinical Dental Technician so be prepared to be without them for a short period of time.

Denture Repairs If your Denture fractures or breaks, the CDT can mend your dentures as follows, making them wearable once more. l Repairing cracks or multiple fractures l Repairing chipped false teeth l Repairing your Denture base

Over time, the shape of your mouth can change as part of the natural ageing process, as a result of the under use and lack of stimulus for your jawbone. If your Dentures break while you are wearing them, it is probably for one of the following reasons: Poor fit as a result of bone resorbtion (shrinkage) l Excessive force possibly due to tooth grinding l

If you would like your new dentures to replicate all the favourable aspects of your existing Dentures, then a Clinical Dental Technician can help you. From copying exact tooth position and shape, to improving the way they fit with your mouth and gums – your Copy Dentures will be just like the Dentures you have now, only better.

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Denture

At The Denture Shop, our fully qualified Clinical Dental Technicians produce high quality dentures at a range of prices. We offer free consultations. All our dentures are made on the premises at our Laboratories in Surrey and West Sussex. Our personalised work enables us to help you choose the correct colour, size and shape of false teeth to ensure that your dentures are aesthetically pleasing and complement your facial shape and complexion. If you have retained some of your own natural teeth then we aim to match their colour and shape to ensure that your denture looks as natural as possible. We are also able to provide different types of denture eg. acrylic, nylon or chrome cobalt. From your first consultation with us, we aim to provide a ‘First Class’ service through to the final fitting of your new dentures. In addition to making new dentures we also offer denture repairs, relines and additions. A Home Visit service is also available for customers unable to visit us due to ill health or immobility. A Dentist visits our surgery in Worthing enabling us to offer Dental Implants as well as a full dental service to all our customers. We are also able to fit Implant Retained Dentures.

From your first consultation with us, we aim to provide a ‘First Class’ service through to the final fitting of your new dentures. www.50plusmagazine.co.uk

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HORLEY | T: 01293 774687 17 Station Road, Horley, Surrey RH6 9HW WORTHING | T: 01903 501133 14 Station Parade, Worthing, West Sussex BN11 4SS REDHILL | T: 01737 773040 3 Mill Street, Redhill, Surrey RH1 6PA

email: enquiries@thedentureshop.com

web: www.thedentureshop.com In addition to manufacturing new dentures, we are able to offer the following additional services:

Relines

If your denture is loose then Relining may be an option for you. This is a service that can be offered while you wait but may not be possible during busy periods. We may therefore ask you to return at a convenient time. Soft Relines are another option for you but please note that we may need to retain your denture for a few days.

Denture Repairs

We aim to carry out denture repairs while you wait. If you are able to make an appointment this may minimize your waiting time.

Additions

If you lose a natural tooth then we should be able to attach a new tooth to your existing denture whilst you wait. If you would like to use our visiting dentist to have a tooth removed then the addition can be fitted at the same time so you will not be left with a gap in your mouth. Please have a look at Our Dental Services page if you would like more information.

Home Visits

We provide a home visit and consultancy service. This includes a full assessment of your needs and a recommendation for the right denture solution for you.

Implants As we have a dentist who visits our surgery, we are able to offer a variety of dental options including Implants and Implant Retained Dentures Unfortunately, implants are not appropriate for everyone and investigations need to be carried out to assess their suitability for each patient. These investigations may consist of a consultation with an dental surgeon trained to fit implants, Xrays and a CT scan. It is important that patients considering implants have enough bone density to ensure the securing of the implant into the jaw bone otherwise the implant may fail. Good oral hygiene is also a necessity. At The Denture Shop, our dentist and clinical dental technicians work closely together to provide a more convenient and complete dental service. This means that a more pleasing result should be achieved. For some patients, however, implants are not an option perhaps due to financial constraints or for clinical reasons. However, we are able to advise and carry out other treatment options which can include crowns, bridges or dentures. These can provide excellent results if chosen appropriately.

If you would like to discuss the possibility of implants, please contact us.

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Planning for the Future... Your Questions Answered Why take out a pre-paid funeral plan? An ever increasing number of people now choose to take out a pre-paid funeral plan so that they can take their time to make an informed decision as to what they would like for their funeral rather than leave it to their relatives to make the arrangements at a time of great distress. They also appreciate the fact that they can pay for their funeral at today’s prices.

Why choose Truelove Funeral Plans? As the leading independent family firm of funeral directors in the North-East Surrey area, we at W.A. Truelove & Son Limited have spent the last 128 years building our reputation for providing a first class funeral service to the families we serve. An important part of that service is now the provision of fully guaranteed pre-paid funeral plans. The guarantee applies to both our charges and the essential disbursements for cremation, which are the crematorium, doctors’ and minister’s fees. This means that there will be nothing more to pay when the funeral eventually takes place. All of our plans are very competitively priced.

What are the options available? We have four plans, offering four different options, designed to suit the requirements of most of our clients. All of our plans are flexible and you can add additional items to them, e.g. a horse-drawn hearse or additional limousines. If none of our set plans suit your needs, we can arrange a bespoke funeral plan to whatever specification you require.

Do I need to be in good health to take out a plan?

Truelove Funeral Plans

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This voucher entitles you to a £50 reduction on a Truelove Funeral Pre-Payment Plan* *Valid until 30th Nov 2013. Code FPM.

Can I change my mind? Yes, you can change your mind at any time. If, after paying for your Truelove Funeral Plan, you change your mind, the full sum paid to us is fully refundable for two weeks. After two weeks, the Management Fee, which is the sum charged by NAFD Services Ltd for administering the funds, would be deducted from the sum refunded to you.

What happens if I move to a different area? If you move to an area which is not serviced by one of our branches, we will find a member of the National Association of Funeral Directors to take on the arrangements. When the funeral takes place, the amount that would have been payable to us will be paid to them.

What do I do now? If you would like more details regarding Truelove Funeral Plans, please ring our freephone number: 0800 074 3797 to request a brochure. Alternatively, please call at one of our branches, as shown on the opposite page, or visit the Funeral Plans page on our website: www.watltd.co.uk. Should you so desire, our Funeral Pre-Payment Plans Manager, Paul Shackell, CertFAA, would be pleased to explain the options available to you in the comfort of your own home. Paul is a qualified funeral director, not a salesman.

No, there is no medical and no age limit. Anyone can take out a plan.

How can I pay for my Truelove Funeral Plan? You can pay in one lump sum or you can spread the cost over 12, 24, 36, 48 or 60 months.

Is my money safe? The sums paid to us are as secure as it is possible for them to be. The funds are transferred to NAFD Services Ltd, the not-for-profit company owned and run by the National Association of Funeral Directors for the express purpose of managing pre-paid funeral plan funds for the benefit of their members and their clients, to comply with the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) Order 2001. NAFD Services Ltd is a founder member of the Funeral Planning Authority, whose members abide by a strict Code of Practice. NAFD Services Ltd hold all of the funds, less the management fees, securely in whole of life assurance policies. For maximum security, NAFD Services Ltd only work with UK based life assurance companies that are authorised by the Prudential Regulatory Authority (PRA) and regulated by the PRA and the Financial Conduct Authority and who participate in the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.

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You’re unique. So are we. We believe that it’s through taking time to understand each individual, their likes and dislikes and their life stories that we can provide personal care with a real difference. We not only offer the highest standards of nursing, residential and dementia care, but a vibrant community where our residents can connect and enjoy their time together. It’s just one of the ways we help your loved one lead a better life. To find out more information about either of our Guildford homes or to arrange a visit please call 0208 879 6567 or email info@carebase.org.uk

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