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    • toadhall
    • By toadhall 9th Sep 17, 10:57 AM
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    Turned 50, now what?
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    • 9th Sep 17, 10:57 AM
    Turned 50, now what? 9th Sep 17 at 10:57 AM
    So I turned 50 yesterday, this is the over 50's forum, so what exciting things can I claim or do etc?
    I can't retire for another 17 years, so not really interested in all that stuff (I do have work pension to look forward to in another 17 years).

    But since I've now hit the big 50 and this forum is called over 50's, I thought I should see what I can save etc.

    Thanks
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    • p00hsticks
    • By p00hsticks 9th Sep 17, 11:27 AM
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    • 9th Sep 17, 11:27 AM
    So I turned 50 yesterday
    Originally posted by toadhall
    Many happy returns for yesterday!

    I can't retire for another 17 years, so not really interested in all that stuff (I do have work pension to look forward to in another 17 years).
    Originally posted by toadhall
    Being pedantic, as a general rule you can retire whenever you want - you just can't claim your State Pension for another 17 years. Pension freedoms now mean that private pensions are generally accessible once you;re over 55, although you may need to transfer pensions to get to it.

    so what exciting things can I claim or do etc?
    Originally posted by toadhall
    Not a lot, to be honest. It's been raised before that the age of over 50 for this board is a bit arbitrary - most offers etc that I'm aware of kick in at 55, 60 or 65, and they're often for use on weekdays during the day which are no use if you are working full time Monday-Friday 9-5.
    • seven-day-weekend
    • By seven-day-weekend 10th Sep 17, 10:19 AM
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    • 10th Sep 17, 10:19 AM
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    • 10th Sep 17, 10:19 AM
    I think you are entitled to use Saga Insurance
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    • retiredlady
    • By retiredlady 10th Sep 17, 11:59 AM
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    • 10th Sep 17, 11:59 AM
    Now the fun starts ��
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    • missile
    • By missile 10th Sep 17, 1:56 PM
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    • 10th Sep 17, 1:56 PM
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    • 10th Sep 17, 1:56 PM
    Congratulations.

    You are one of the lucky ones. Many don't live to see their 50th birthday
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    • teddysmum
    • By teddysmum 14th Sep 17, 4:40 PM
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    • 14th Sep 17, 4:40 PM
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    • 14th Sep 17, 4:40 PM
    Come my next birthday early next year, I will have lived my mother by 10 years.


    After 50 and certainly after 60 time seems to whizz past.


    The 1990s don't seem long ago until you work it out and my two youngest grandchildren are both 4 next month, yet it doesn't seem a year since they were just learning to walk.


    Having done the week's shopping 'yesterday', it will need doing again the day after tomorrow and it doesn't seem 11 months since I last haggled the phone and broadband contract.


    My latest time travel is to wake up in a morning and decide to close my eyes briefly, only to find that the clock has sneaked on another hour or so and it sometimes does this 3 or 4 times in one morning.
    • Nebulous2
    • By Nebulous2 14th Sep 17, 7:08 PM
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    • 14th Sep 17, 7:08 PM
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    • 14th Sep 17, 7:08 PM
    It's only a number.

    If you aren't doing so already it is time to look after yourself. Review your lifestyle, get some health advice, look at your diet, get an active hobby and enjoy what you have at the moment as well as preparing for the future.
    • dunroving
    • By dunroving 16th Sep 17, 1:55 PM
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    • 16th Sep 17, 1:55 PM
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    • 16th Sep 17, 1:55 PM
    It's only a number.

    If you aren't doing so already it is time to look after yourself. Review your lifestyle, get some health advice, look at your diet, get an active hobby and enjoy what you have at the moment as well as preparing for the future.
    Originally posted by Nebulous2
    Couldn't agree more. I think a lot of people underestimate what an important asset their health is. And that it's something you have to put some effort into.
    • Wild_Rover
    • By Wild_Rover 16th Sep 17, 6:05 PM
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    • 16th Sep 17, 6:05 PM
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    • 16th Sep 17, 6:05 PM
    Your post doesn't say where you live...... but for readers in Scotland, Scotrail has a "Club 50" - for a £15 annual fee you can have reduced cost rail travel, especially if you buy tickets on line. Sometimes they have special offers.

    At the moment there is a special offer of off-peak return travel between any two stations in Scotland (return within a month of outward trip) for only £17. Mrs Wild Rover and I have a wee trip up north booked for next month.

    I can't say that I notice many other special offers for folk under the state retirement age. Bus passes are available in Scotland for the over 60s, but there is a consultation underway on that at the moment - I can't see that lasting in its present form, TBH.

    WR
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    • Savvy_Sue
    • By Savvy_Sue 17th Sep 17, 1:02 AM
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    I can't say that I notice many other special offers for folk under the state retirement age.
    Originally posted by Wild_Rover
    There's more at 60, but that's not much help to the OP.

    (Examples: surprised to find I now get free prescriptions, and even more surprised to find that theatre and cinema give senior discounts at 60.)
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    • p00hsticks
    • By p00hsticks 17th Sep 17, 9:28 AM
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    (Examples: surprised to find I now get free prescriptions, and even more surprised to find that theatre and cinema give senior discounts at 60.)
    Originally posted by Savvy_Sue
    Odeon 'silver cinema' showings are for over 55's - film, tea/coffee and biscuits for £3!
    • Savvy_Sue
    • By Savvy_Sue 17th Sep 17, 4:05 PM
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    Odeon 'silver cinema' showings are for over 55's - film, tea/coffee and biscuits for £3!
    Originally posted by p00hsticks
    Never been to one of those, but our local cinema (a Scott), does Silver Screenings and don't care who goes!
    Still knitting!
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    1 Wise Man Knitivity figure + 1 sheep, 2 pairs socks, 1 seaman's hat ...
    Current projects: 1 shawl, another seaman's hat
    • Corona
    • By Corona 21st Sep 17, 1:56 PM
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    If your question concerns what to do in the next part of your life rather than money saving (I'm not clear) then I would say think about all the things that you haven't done that you wanted to do with your life, make a list and start working through them - if they're still possible. (When I turned 50, I looked back and realised thaat I'd always wanted to write a novel, so i did! It was pretty awful, but the second one was better )

    When I turned 50, a friend;s husband said to me "turning 50 is God's way of reminding you that you're not going to be here forever, so get on with it!"

    Hope this is helpful x
    • Murielson
    • By Murielson 21st Sep 17, 2:48 PM
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    Odeon 'silver cinema' showings are for over 55's - film, tea/coffee and biscuits for £3!
    Originally posted by p00hsticks
    Never knew about this so thanks for posting.

    However, as expected, not much good to those of us still working as in Andover they are at 1100 and 1400hrs on weekdays.
    • 50Twuncle
    • By 50Twuncle 23rd Sep 17, 4:06 PM
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    Don't forget :
    50 is the new 40 or was it 40 is the new 50 or should that read 50 is the new 70 or was it 70 is the new 50 ?

    I am totally confused - but then I am 54 !!
    • toadhall
    • By toadhall 26th Sep 17, 6:25 PM
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    Thank you for the replies, sadly I don't live in Scotland anymore, but have lots to look forward to
    • Akahotpot
    • By Akahotpot 4th Oct 17, 5:03 PM
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    I was 50 in June and I have used it to ring some changes

    My actual 50th birthday was on a famous motorbike race meet in Italy (Mugello MotoGP) so off I went with my Nephew ,Brother IL on our bikes
    To prepare I joined Slimming world with my daughter to keep me motivate and in 3 months I lost 50llbs
    For the first time in 20 years I am not in the BMI overweight scale
    New house , I am a widower and was in a bit of a rut so decided to move to a new modern housing development but still close to my lifelong friends (this is WIP ,come on exchange date )
    So whats left ...start a new relationship even my daughters are nagging me to get out there but I am really struggling to engage
    It is just a number but I think its a good marker to decide how you intend to face old age
    • henry24
    • By henry24 5th Oct 17, 4:23 PM
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    I turned 50 nearly 5 years ago and the one thing I have noticed is how I now know the names of the doctors and nurses at the local surgery
    • NineDeuce
    • By NineDeuce 5th Oct 17, 4:25 PM
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    You have even more rights to be a grumpy old man/woman. Everyone will understand just that little bit more now....
    • Mnd
    • By Mnd 21st Oct 17, 10:13 PM
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    One thing I would suggest for male readers, you can request a PSA blood test from your GP, which is an indicator for prostate cancer. I speak from experience. Any problem, please, don't delay
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