Impressions of Sicily

In these times where travel is limited, I offer to take you to Sicily with me in this journal entry I wrote four summers ago.
“This fall, when the Surrey sky was covered with heavy grey clouds, I had the chance to go on vacation under the Sicilian sun. For a week, I sailed along the […]

Ten differences between our children’s school and that of our grandparents

This month is marked by going back to school, schedules, books, folders, backpacks and school canteens.  It does not hurt to remember what school was like in the days of our grandparents, even that of our great-great-grandparents back in the early nineteenth century. It is interesting to see how despite the fact that we have […]

Seniors Emerging from Lockdown, more outings, exercise and fun possible!


After many weeks of enjoying our gardens if we are lucky enough to have one and taking simple walks in our local neighbourhoods, it’s time for us to start venturing further afield.  Really pleased that seniors are emerging from Lockdown, having more outings and exercise because fun is possible @any age.

With some forethought and planning, […]

“It is better to die on your feet than to live forever on your knees” The Woman behind the Saying

The saying was used during the miners strike in Asturias, Spain, in 1934 by Dolores Ibárruri.

Dolores Ibárruri, known as ‘la Pasionaria’ (‘the Passionflower’ in English) was a Spanish Republican fighter during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). La Pasionaria, born in a family of miners, became a Communist Spanish Party Member (PCE) publishing articles in the […]

Our bakery employs 35 bakers over the age of 65 and they seem to love !!

A German bakery is selling cakes just like grandma used to make, because it’s employing real grandparents to make them. In order to provide the kind of homemade, old-fashioned pastries many customers remember from their youths, while also helping some retired people earn extra money and feel useful and less lonely, the Kuchentratsch bakery in […]

Engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity every week

Edward Stanley, the 15th Earl of Derby was once quoted as saying “Those who think they have no time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.” According to the NHS, adults aged 65 years and older need to engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity every week. In addition […]

Cholesterol and what it means

Having excessive levels of bad cholesterol in your body is not a good thing, and that’s no different whether you’re old or young.

In the elderly bad cholesterol can be more serious, as underlying health problems can exacerbate the situation and excessive bad cholesterol can make it  harder to get other health issues under control.

So what […]

Dementia Awareness 2018 CALENDAR

As soon as we saw a preview Irene Mackay’s 2018 calendar to raise awareness for Dementia, we fell in love. The illustrations of The Forgetful Elephant are captivating and all ages love them. Her books have been so helpful and of course we loved the ideas behind the calendar.
We  asked Irene to explain. Here’s what […]

Slow Cooker

by CARON on FEBRUARY 8, 2016

Making cooking easier for someone elderly.

I love my slow cooker. Bung all the ingredients in together and leave it to do all the work. The result is always hot, tasty and nourishing. Looking for ways to help keep the elderly independent for longer. A slow cooker is an ideal kitchen aid ensuring healthy tasty […]

Dementia and couple

Dementia and couples
by CARON on FEBRUARY 4, 2016

Dementia and how it affect couples.

One of the things I most enjoy about writing this blog is how I meet so many interesting people with similar interests. Recently I was introduced to Damian Murphy who offers dementia friendly training and consultancy.

He has worked in the dementia field for many years and […]