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Dear Silversurfers, I am Business student and I've got a business idea I would really like to realize in Ireland. Therefore I would like to know what you are thinking about it because you are my target group. My business idea in a nutshell: “Together” creates a community in which people experience a place of togetherness and remain connected and supported in older age. The vision of the founder is to have a positive impact on society and push towards communal living in an effort to combat feelings of loneliness and isolation. It’s is mainly about the social purpose beyond the profitmaking: for a better future.
This growing age group is given a physical place including the following offers:
1. Workshops as a part of the concept Lifelong-Learning” Learning is no longer confined to a specific phase of life. It has become a dynamic process covering all stages and shows potential to increase the productivity of older people (Eurostat, 2020). -
“Stay connected”: The right way to use your smartphone
“Act sustainable”: Creating shared gardening and agricultural spaces
“How to be happy”: Loneliness combatted through cuddle therapy and happiness classes
2. Physical Activities and Cultural Experiences Culture and group activities can enhance quality of life and create a socially vibrant active community.
Dance classes: Goal is to significant reduce levels of stress, anxiety and insomnia
Guided hiking tours: Hiking can contribute to the overall mental health and wellbeing
“Walk your dog”: Interacting with animals reduce loneliness and increase feelings of social support
3. Concept Store and Café Nowadays, human beings are more aware of the environment and the impact they have on it. More and more people question their consumption pattern and trying to act sustainably.
Café: Use of products from local farmers or self-cultivation
Products / Assortment: reusable, sustainable and recyclable
What do you think about it? Would it a place you would like to go? Why and why not?
Noticed one of my toilet cisterns was weeping, so despite the weather being windy but otherwise great for a walk, I thought id just spend ten mins putting a new diaphragm seal in it.I took the unit apart to find it was nothing like the seals I kept in my toolbox. I went to the local plumber's merchant, who was very helpful and said if i knew the make he could order me one and it 'might' be with me in a fortnight. In other words I had to scramble about on the floor and fit a new inlet unit.
I hate plumbing but I had no choice, I wanted my water back on. Needless to say it was far from straightforward and despite being ultra careful I felt the other end of the pipe move ever so slightly. I had no choice now but to take the boxed in section it was in apart to check the joint. All was sound so now I'm having a quick cuppa before my much-reduced walk.
Ten minutes turned out to be four hours
I am still working hard and with the retirement age now at 67 for me its getting to a situation where people are getting very old at retirement. ten years ago I thought I may retire at 60..no chance of that with the economy now!
Not to me it doesn't. I've just scored myself a new job! I'm 58.
Just wanted to give a head's up to those who might need some encouragement finding a new job or a job. I've just quit my current job and am returning to the NHS to work.
It's the first job I applied for too. I needed a change as I was working 4 on 4 off, and although the 4 days off were lovely, working 12hr shifts (6am-6pm)were taking their toll. It was time for a change. I had worked for the NHS for a few years previously and loved it.
I only left because we moved to a completely different area of the UK. So I applied, was invited for an interview and was then told I was successful.I start this week so cannot wait.I'll be learning lots of new skills,and the hours are much better for me too.
I have 9 working years left until retirement and am very happy I get to spend those days working in my dream job. So for all of you out there that are convinced you're too old, or other people tell you you are, ignore it.
Go got what makes you happy, and move forward with conviction and strength.
Good luck everyone.
I see from other posts that many 60+ people are working beyond retirement. I didn't grow up in the UK though I am English. I spent most of my life in South Africa and Zimbabwe and then once I graduated and had taught in both those countries, did overseas contracts in a variety of foreign places. I wasnt very provident and did not do practical things such as buy back pension when I was younger even though I had several years in the UK, I therefore don't qualify for a pension but I am healthy and active and have found live in care work rewarding over the last 4 years. My only problem is affording a decent base in the times I have free. I have been looking at house sharing but often it is very expensive and the house sharers are much younger. Is there a site where one can find others who are 60+ or live alone and would like to share with another person. It is diffiult to volunteer to share and look after as I need to earn a living so I am not home much but just a place to base myself would be nice. I am not that worried about location as long as it is in a congenial environment with private space.
Any volunteers on here.........I do voluntary work for a local hospital in New Zealand. I work in the Emergency Department on behalf of St John (Ambulance), done it for about almost five years now, find it very rewarding, wondered if there were any other volunteers out there who would like to share there experiences
Has anyone had problems getting employment because you can't give relevant and up to date references? After we moved from the area where we lived for 26 years, I decided I would not want to do the same work as I did in my previous town. So I started applying for different social care type jobs (I did this many years ago). It is very common not to hear anything back if you applied. However, I was offered an interview with a large international care company and because of previous experience they offered me the job on condition that they would receive suitable references over the last 5 years.
Currently, I do voluntary work, but the company agreed to give references for me. The 2 years before that I did not do any paid work due to moving and other family circumstances. Then it was the company that I worked for for 17 years. However, the business was sold and my old boss retired. She was willing to give references, but the company that I applied with would only accept a business email address for reference.
Now I am stuck; Yes, they offered me the job, but I can not give a business email address and I have not heard back from them yet, even though I sent details of what I did over the last 5 years. I have emailed and phoned them lots of times, but they just say that they forwarded it to the head-office and let them decide. This is now over 3 months ago. I would like to say keep your job, but knowing how difficult it is to even get an interview, I feel I can't easily do this.
Any advise/ experience?
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Hi, I'm a new silver surfer! I run an agency which supplies after school carers to local families in SW London, and I'm looking for some advice. Many of these families are looking for an older person to look after their children at the end of the school day and also on an ad hoc basis during school holidays. Someone who is perhaps a real granny, or someone who has recently retired and misses work but doesn't want to work full time, someone whose own children live far away and therefore they don't see their own grandchildren very often... whatever the reasons, the life experience of people in this category is highly valued. Can anyone advise me about reaching out to people who fit this bill? Or, more generally speaking, if you were looking for part-time work of any kind, where would you be most likely to start your search? Any help is much appreciated!
My local branch of Royal British Legion advertised for help selling poppies in a local 'superstore' and I volunteered four year ago and I have not regretted it for one moment. We share the time into blocks of 3 hours two people together and different times of the day, I met again friends and neighbours long lost and become close to other 'poppy' sellers. The public are so generous for the very worthwhile charity and I'm proud to help if only in a small way. Does anyone else help in this way?