Rethink Retirement – Work (Part2)

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This is a series of videos where I get us rethinking about retirement. This time it focuses on work Will you work for the money or is more meaning important to you? Watch to get my ideas on what to consider.
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Toilet night lights

Have you seen these toilet night lights? I have begun to notice these on sale and wondered what they would be like. I love colour changing lights, and the thought of having these in my loo … I wanted one and my mum wanted one too.
I bought online via Amazon.
I have Amazon Prime and I’m used to getting things delivered the next day; this took a few days but it wasn’t time critical. Well packaged and reasonably clear instructions. As the light comes on via motion sensor you need to place it so it noticed movement – at first I was being too subtle and having it hidden. I’ve got it with a fixed colour – first blue, currently green but haven’t yet got it cycling through the colours.
It was well packaged with a short USB cable to you can recharge.
It’s great, to into the bathroom at night time and there is a light glow coming from the loo – lift up the loo and the room is bathed in coloured light. I’m happy with the setting I chose but it will change to 3 levels of brightness.
About to order one for my mum – an unusual mothers day present!


Will you be a super ager?

super ager

Will you be a super ager?

Research has found a group of super agers people aged 80-100 who are more mentally sharp than most 50 somethings.
Most articles we read talks about cognitive decline, how we begin to lose brain power as we age. Its been put down to the age process and down to the retirement process, with people taking longer to do tasks they did quicker when in work and allowing themselves to slow down overall. In this study 18% of the people classed as a super ager never retired, and most either moved on to a new career or were very active in the community the super ager group had purpose to their lives.
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You dont need to walk 10,000 steps


I enjoy watching Michael Mosley health programmes on TV, and a recent one was The Truth About Getting Fit.
It’s interesting as their findings tied in with my thoughts, that aiming for 10,000 steps a day is not the best way to get fit.
My take is

  • You focus on quantity of steps, not quality, and can clock up 5000 steps walking around the shops. It’s the quality that is important.
  • It doesn’t take account of the speed of walking, and a stroll down the country lane is not the same as a power walk. You need to step it out.
  • You may prioritise walking to other activity such as weights at the gym where you don’t increase the step count. Strength training is important.

My fitness tracker is now in the drawer.
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A good nights sleep with Tena Lady

A good night’s sleep is important. We need it to restore and refresh. But some ladies get concerned, what if they relax too much and leak – it can be embarrassing.
I’m proud to be associated with Tena and to share details on the TENA Lady’s night-time range. These products can be helpful to the 61% of women who experience bladder weakness at some point in their lives. And if you worry about leaks or need to get up in the night it can disrupt our sleep and affect our health.
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Using MOOCs – for professional development


MOOC stands for Massive, Open, Online Courses (Moocs)

Massive because millions sign up for these, world-wide
Open because most are free, and you dont have to have specific qualifications to sign up (although sometimes a particular background is recommended).
Online and available on the web via your phone as well as on your computer.
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Life in balance at 60+

Life in balance at 60+

Life in balance at 60+ starts in our 50s.

We read that 60 is the new 50, and in some ways, I agree, many of us maintain an active lifestyle and an interest in how we look that wasn’t as commonplace 50 or more years ago. Partly as people had harder lives, working both inside and outside the home. But now … Life in balance at 60+ could be the goal for most of us.
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Congratulations to Tena Lady discreet

Tena Lady Discreet can be helpful for any of us ladies who need that bit of extra protection; it helps to build our confidence.
I was so pleased to learn it has won product of the year – well done Tena!
And to celebrate their success they sent me flowers, how lovely they are, and what a lovely thought.