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lolly5648
Old 15-02-2005, 5:06 PM
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Smile Turning 60

The big six O happens next month!

Can anyone tell me what advantages there will be. I live in London so know I will get a free bus pass.

Anything else?

(I am trying to be positive about it!)
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Old 15-02-2005, 9:51 PM
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It's not all bad being 60 -

You will get 200 fuel allowance in November - (only one 200 per household with an over 60 year old).
Various dry cleaners have percentages off for senior citizens also some hairdressers.

You say you live in London - you can get into theatres for matinee performances very cheaply if you just turn up about an hour before the performance starts (if they hav e any spare seats).
All cinemas also have concession prices for over sixties.

I hope that's cheered you up!
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Old 16-02-2005, 9:50 AM
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Me too! I shall be 60 next month. I shall still have to work but at least I shan't have to work a full week as the pension will help to provide a bit of income. Sadly we don't get bus passes down here but I think we can get into the cinema a bit more cheaply!
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Old 16-02-2005, 10:44 AM
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I forgot to add - free prescriptions (hope you don't need them!).
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Old 16-02-2005, 11:25 AM
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Yesterday i saw a notice outside Focus DIY saying 10% off everyday for over 60s.

My mum was 60 last month so i'm interested in this thread too.
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Old 16-02-2005, 3:09 PM
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I keep thinking of more advantages to being over 60.


B & Q have 10% off on Wednesdays for over 60s. (Not the very large B & Qs though.
Wyvale Garden Centres have 10% off for over 60s on Tuesdays.
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Old 16-02-2005, 10:26 PM
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Thanks, keep them coming. I can see that I will have to take up DIY, gardening and go to the theatre and cinema. This will keep me busy.

Do any of these places ask you to show ID when you ask for a concessionary rate?
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Old 17-02-2005, 10:12 AM
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Thanks, keep them coming. I can see that I will have to take up DIY, gardening and go to the theatre and cinema. This will keep me busy.

Do any of these places ask you to show ID when you ask for a concessionary rate?
Well . . . I do want a kitchen extension. Hey, maybe I could buy all the stuff at B&Q on a Wednesday and then push off to the theatre while someone else does that hard work (I wish).

I think we should need ID to get these concessions because I'm sure that none of us look 60! Isn't it odd how we wanted to look so much older when we were young and now we'd do anything to be younger!
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Old 17-02-2005, 1:07 PM
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Hi Jaybee

When is your birthday? Mine is the 14th. I am not going to celebrate with a party, hopefully my husband is taking me away for a long weekend so I dont have to listen to all the jokes.

I am trying to find out all the advantages to being 60 and keep positive. Somehow I dont see myself claiming a pensioners discount at the hairdressers! I will only use it where no-one knows me. Not very moneysaving I know but people categorise you when they know your age.

As you say I am sure none of us look and certainly dont feel 60. I'm going to admit to it to as few people as possible.
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Old 17-02-2005, 1:20 PM
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Hi Lolly

Mine is on the 6th so I'll reach it a few days before you will - I'll let you know if I feel any different!!

I must say that I'm really struggling with this getting older lark. Like you, I shall not go around advertising the fact that I am now officially an old person! Wherever did all the time go?

Have you ever read the poem 'Whem I am Old I Shall Wear Purple'? Another one I loved is 'Suddenly Sixty' by Judith somebody (see, my memory's going already )
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Old 17-02-2005, 3:01 PM
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Hi Jaybee

Yes I have read the poem. I have seen the book Suddenly 60, not read it or the other ones, now we are 50 etc. Might go into a bookshop and have a look.

When I read a newspaper article and it mentions a woman of 60, I conjure up a picture of a typical OAP with white hair and dont associate it with me. Now of course there are so many glamorous baby boomers the image will have to change. Trouble is when we were growing up everyone over 60 had grey hair and looked really old and that is the image that stays.

Take care
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Old 17-02-2005, 3:57 PM
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Hi Lolly

I think that 60 is the new 35

While I was walking around the shops the other day I thought to myself 'this place is full of old people'. Then I caught sight of myself in the reflection of a shop window and though again 'yes, and I'm one of them'.

I do regret not having this site when younger - maybe I'd have been a lot better off now.
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Old 17-02-2005, 4:58 PM
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It's Harder to Be Frisky Over Sixty

Inside my shoes and my panty hose
I've painted blue nail polish on my toes,
A skirmish in the war that I wage
Against the constraints of my current age.
Despite the advent of Medicare,
I will still buy bikini underwear
And scorn the notion that seniorhood
Means it's too late to be up to no good.
I would if I could.



Don't give me extra time to walk down the jetway.
And please don't get up and give me your seat on the bus.
I'd rather be engag!e than Emeritus,
Though it's harder to be frisky over sixty.

I'm not prepared to sign up for Elderhostel.
Retirement communities? Save your brochures.
I'll keep right on trucking as long as my strength endures,
Though it's harder to be frisky over sixty.

I'm standing firm against the Early Bird Special.
I'm out on the dance floor strutting what's left of my stuff.
I'd rather say never say die than enough is enough,
Though it's harder to be frisky over sixty. I don't intend to stop showing a little cleavage.
Nor do I intend to stop flashing a little thigh.
I'm still not too old to give it the old college try,
Though it's harder to keep trying,
And it's harder to keep trucking,
And it's harder to be frisky over sixty.
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Old 17-02-2005, 6:13 PM
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Thats brilliant. Thanks for posting it.

Are you doing anything for your birthday?
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Old 17-02-2005, 6:19 PM
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Thanks, keep them coming. I can see that I will have to take up DIY, gardening and go to the theatre and cinema. This will keep me busy.

Do any of these places ask you to show ID when you ask for a concessionary rate?
The Pension People will send you a small pink ID card stating you are 60+

Enjoy It!.... You will wonder how you ever had time to go to Work
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Old 17-02-2005, 7:31 PM
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Thats brilliant. Thanks for posting it.

Are you doing anything for your birthday?
No, I'm definately allergic to parties and any form of attention! Don't like mixing my friends as they are so diverse - my book friends, dog-walking friends, shopping friends, music friends etc etc. I suppose we could have a cyber party on here though - that would be okay.

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Date: March 6th
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Old 17-02-2005, 7:33 PM
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The Pension People will send you a small pink ID card stating you are 60+

Enjoy It!.... You will wonder how you ever had time to go to Work
Do they really?!

Don't like pink much, but I'm sure I'll cope!

Do I have to ask for it?
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Old 17-02-2005, 10:34 PM
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The Pension People will send you a small pink ID card stating you are 60+

Enjoy It!.... You will wonder how you ever had time to go to Work

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Do you have to provide a photo to go with it and do you still get it if you are not claiming your pension?
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Old 26-07-2005, 11:48 AM
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Although this thread was started agea ago, it is still applicable. Reference ID. I have recently become 65, yet pass for early 50's, each and every time I make a purchase I ask for discount/concession etc. Many times I get the third degree or at the very least, an unbelieving look. I don't drive so have no license to show, so what is this about an ID card for over 60's ?, thanks in anticipation.
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Old 26-07-2005, 12:34 PM
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I was told by a friend who worked in pensions that the pink card was issued if you didn't have a pension book/card but had your pension payed into the bank. There is no photo on this card.

You can apply for a bus pass from GM Transport which dies have a photo. This pass is for life. My MIL has had one for 33 years and still uses it. Most drivers don't ask to see it, but it was accepted as proof when I signed up for night classes (also reduced price)

HTH
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