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    Former MSE Natasha
    Great 'What discounts can I get now I'm over 60?' Hunt
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    • 30th Mar 10, 1:03 PM
    Great 'What discounts can I get now I'm over 60?' Hunt 30th Mar 10 at 1:03 PM
    Around a fifth of the population are 60 years old or over, so it's no wonder some companies (plus the Government) offer extra discounts and incentives to tempt the group's custom and loyalty. So we'd like to tap MoneySavers' knowledge for where these discounts, savings and promotions can be had.

    Examples include annual winter fuel payments between 125 and 400, the Freedom TFL travel pass if you live in a London borough and 10% off Boots brand products if you join its free health club.


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    • pandora205
    • By pandora205 27th Sep 15, 10:17 PM
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    pandora205
    Just discovered another useful discount for over 60s - Eurostar has cheaper tickets!
    http://www.eurostar.com/uk-en/eurostar-deals/eurostar-train-deals/trains-france/trains-to-paris/paris-senior-fare

    I'm planning to visit my brother and sister in law in Paris for a weekend and to do a day trip to Monet's Garden in Giverny, so this will be perfect.
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    • Veronica Riches
    • By Veronica Riches 2nd Apr 16, 9:52 PM
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    Veronica Riches
    Bus pass
    Free bus pass for me at 66. So pension and bus pass age changed from 60 to 66!😳
    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 3rd Apr 16, 9:54 AM
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    Pollycat
    Free bus pass for me at 66. So pension and bus pass age changed from 60 to 66!😳
    Originally posted by Veronica Riches
    Well, not really.

    I assume you're a woman born around 1954/1955?
    Waaaay back in 1995 your state pesnion age was changed from 60 to probably something like 64.

    I'm a woman born late 1953.
    Pre 1995, I expected to get my state pension at age 60.
    The law changed in 1995 and my SPA changed to April 2017 (age 63 and a half).
    So I've been aware that my pension wouldn't be paid at 60 for over 20 years.

    At some point after that, bus passes were linked to state pension age instead of being given at age 60 for both men and women.

    Further legislation in 2011 changed my pension age to July 2018 (age 64 and 9 months).

    Did you really think you were going to receive your state pension at age 60?
    If so, when did you realise that you were wrong?
    • littlewren
    • By littlewren 8th Apr 16, 4:22 PM
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    littlewren
    Does anyone know if it is ever possible to be able to use a gym on the NHS. (Please don't bit my head off!) I have osteoarthritis in my hip and knee & trouble with my back following a slipped disc last year, but I know that if I lost weight on the lower part of my body (waist downwards) it would probably help with at least the osteoarthritis. (I know you can't spot reduce, but some weight would probably come off that area if I exercised correctly). I don't need to lose weight overall, it's just concentrated on my lower half. I watch my diet anyway and being 62 it means that weight gathers there, plus being more immobile than I'd like. The trouble is, I have M.E. so I have to be careful I don't overdo things. I really need some expert advice and being able to exercise with professional guidance for my condition and I thought I had heard a while back that you can be referred to use the gym if referred. Is this true or did I imagine it?

    Unfortunately I can't do exercises at home using a DVD as I don't know what will do more damage to my back or cause my M.E. to flare up more. I can't afford to go to the gym nor have a consultation with an instructor.

    I should add that I'm not on benefits.
    Last edited by littlewren; 08-04-2016 at 5:41 PM.
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    • judy
    • By judy 8th Apr 16, 6:39 PM
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    judy
    I did have a 'prescription' from my GP for exercise sessions, with instruction, at the local gym - but this was about 15 years ago and might not be available these days. Ask at your GP surgery.
    • indsty
    • By indsty 9th Apr 16, 2:48 PM
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    indsty
    Some areas do have arrangements whereby GPs can refer for exercise of one kind or another. Why not visit your GP and ask whether that is available, or if not, then a session with an NHS physiotherapist might be arranged so that they can advise you of what is best for your condition.

    Have you considered swimming or water aerobics. Many places do these kind of sessions for "pensioners", sometimes run by local Council.
    • littlewren
    • By littlewren 10th Apr 16, 1:41 PM
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    littlewren
    Some areas do have arrangements whereby GPs can refer for exercise of one kind or another. Why not visit your GP and ask whether that is available, or if not, then a session with an NHS physiotherapist might be arranged so that they can advise you of what is best for your condition.

    Have you considered swimming or water aerobics. Many places do these kind of sessions for "pensioners", sometimes run by local Council.
    Originally posted by indsty
    Yes I've been told I can be referred for physio but unfortunately that won't help me lose weight from the areas that will help the conditions.

    I can't swim unfortunately and I'm scared of the water so even water aerobics would be no good for me!
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    • Savvy_Sue
    • By Savvy_Sue 11th Apr 16, 2:47 AM
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    Savvy_Sue
    Yes I've been told I can be referred for physio but unfortunately that won't help me lose weight from the areas that will help the conditions.
    Originally posted by littlewren
    It's quite a few years ago now, but when I was suffering from a lot of back pain I was referred to a class, I think it was called 'Active Back' or something like that. It was run by physios, but was a sort of circuit class, so we all moved round the room, and if we came to an exercise we couldn't safely do, we just skipped it. Having done the classes, we could then hopefully do some of the exercises in our own time.

    Now, whether a class like that would be adequate given the constraints of the ME, I don't know, but it was certainly helpful and it wasn't just about safe movement but also about safe energetic movement IYSWIM.
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    • Farway
    • By Farway 11th Apr 16, 10:31 AM
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    Farway
    It's quite a few years ago now, but when I was suffering from a lot of back pain I was referred to a class, I think it was called 'Active Back' or something like that. It was run by physios, but was a sort of circuit class, so we all moved round the room, and if we came to an exercise we couldn't safely do, we just skipped it. Having done the classes, we could then hopefully do some of the exercises in our own time.

    Now, whether a class like that would be adequate given the constraints of the ME, I don't know, but it was certainly helpful and it wasn't just about safe movement but also about safe energetic movement IYSWIM.
    Originally posted by Savvy_Sue
    Same here SS, I went along to local hospital after ref from GP, like yours, run by physios, I had to skip some exercises being a big fat slob at the time I just could not do them, they did tailor some to suit my weight, and I finished up more or less doing individual circuits

    it worked on my back, left after a month or so with sheet of do at home back exercises

    The weight continued to be a problem, I found only real way was eat less, I calorie counted, and still do, eventually lost over 5 stones, not easy but exercise helps but is not the solution to weight loss, unless you are climbing the Eiger daily for instance
    Last edited by Farway; 11-04-2016 at 10:33 AM. Reason: typo
    • teddysmum
    • By teddysmum 11th Apr 16, 4:30 PM
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    teddysmum
    I have problems with several discs and being no longer able to cope with yoga or a 'gentle exercise ' class, went along to a local branch of Motorcise, hoping that the motor-assisted exercise would be of benefit, but on seeing the range of movement required decide that I daren't risk taking part.


    What I do use (haven't for the last two weeks) is a fairly hard to get 'game' for my Wii, called Step to the Beat. It involves stepping on the spot (or moving round the room) to music and earning points to make landscape and buildings appear on an island.


    It is gentle and you can sit down when required (ie not trapped away from home in pain) and does tone your legs and waist (jeans are now loose at the waist).
    • originator
    • By originator 12th Apr 16, 8:33 AM
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    originator
    When I registered with a new doctor she told me I was 4 stone overweight(eeek)! she offered free ref to either swimming classes,gym sessions or 12 weeks of Slimming World.I chose SW.managed to lose 10% of my body weight within the initial 12 weeks and was given another 12 weeks free.This was all offered in sept last year,I guess it's still going.
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    • littlewren
    • By littlewren 13th Apr 16, 12:45 PM
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    littlewren
    I have problems with several discs and being no longer able to cope with yoga or a 'gentle exercise ' class, went along to a local branch of Motorcise, hoping that the motor-assisted exercise would be of benefit, but on seeing the range of movement required decide that I daren't risk taking part.


    What I do use (haven't for the last two weeks) is a fairly hard to get 'game' for my Wii, called Step to the Beat. It involves stepping on the spot (or moving round the room) to music and earning points to make landscape and buildings appear on an island.


    It is gentle and you can sit down when required (ie not trapped away from home in pain) and does tone your legs and waist (jeans are now loose at the waist).
    Originally posted by teddysmum
    That sounds good, shame it's difficult to get, as I have a Wii.

    Feeling peed off at the moment as my back started up again yesterday and this morning I couldn't get out of bed without a lot of pain. I had a dentist routine appointment booked for Friday, I umm'd and aah'd about whether or not to keep it but decided that I should play safe and cancel, as I would have had to take a taxi (known for misjudging and driving up kerbs at a local crossroads!) and there are several speed bumps in town. I phoned the dentist and blubbed down the phone, but the receptionist was very nice and has booked me in for two week's time. I really wanted to go as I have a few teeth that are giving me problems on one side of my mouth that a previous dentist thinks could be a problem with the nerve.

    Excuse me going on, feeling sorry for myself today lol
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    • littlewren
    • By littlewren 13th Apr 16, 12:50 PM
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    littlewren
    When I registered with a new doctor she told me I was 4 stone overweight(eeek)! she offered free ref to either swimming classes,gym sessions or 12 weeks of Slimming World.I chose SW.managed to lose 10% of my body weight within the initial 12 weeks and was given another 12 weeks free.This was all offered in sept last year,I guess it's still going.
    Originally posted by originator
    That's interesting. If I went on a diet I'd probably lose it from places I can't afford to, such as my skinny arms and boobs! I just need to lose it from my waist downwards but of course you can't pick and choose where you lose the weight.

    When I am able to get out again I will have to mention it to my GP and see what she says. I can't swim unfortunately and don't even fancy being in a swimming pool doing aquarobics, being scared of the water.

    Well done with your weight loss, that's great!
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    • originator
    • By originator 14th Apr 16, 8:27 AM
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    originator
    Thanks!I'm very pleased with the weight loss so far(just over 2 stone).I am frightened of water too and the swim sessions were a def no no for me,going to the gym also didn't appeal at all so now i walk all over the place to get some exercise in.Hope your GP is as helpful as mine lol
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    • teddysmum
    • By teddysmum 14th Apr 16, 4:52 PM
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    teddysmum
    That sounds good, shame it's difficult to get, as I have a Wii.

    Feeling peed off at the moment as my back started up again yesterday and this morning I couldn't get out of bed without a lot of pain. I had a dentist routine appointment booked for Friday, I umm'd and aah'd about whether or not to keep it but decided that I should play safe and cancel, as I would have had to take a taxi (known for misjudging and driving up kerbs at a local crossroads!) and there are several speed bumps in town. I phoned the dentist and blubbed down the phone, but the receptionist was very nice and has booked me in for two week's time. I really wanted to go as I have a few teeth that are giving me problems on one side of my mouth that a previous dentist thinks could be a problem with the nerve.

    Excuse me going on, feeling sorry for myself today lol
    Originally posted by littlewren


    There are plenty of copies of Step to the Beat (aka Walk it Out)available,but people want silly prices for copies. It's worth keeping an eye on Ebay, though, as that's where I got mine for about 15.


    I dread speed humps too, especially some outside a local school (funded by a company offering grants to schools and useless as come school out times you can only crawl along the road)as they are above the recommended measurements and can't be avoided if your car is small (Fiat Panda). Even worse, our GP is moving premises and there will be no way of avoiding humps on a visit (those mentioned and some in a derelict street where there used to be a school ).
    • PennyForThem
    • By PennyForThem 14th Apr 16, 6:26 PM
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    PennyForThem
    Not sure I should post as I don't suffer the chronic health problems posters have commented on, but there are exercises on various charity websites such as osteoarthristis uk and I am wondering if you looked, could you adapt?

    Could you ask them if the exercises would interfere with your back problems? OK, know I am totally ignorant, but trying to be helpful.
    • tictaktoe
    • By tictaktoe 24th Sep 19, 3:32 AM
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    tictaktoe
    Hi im looking for an over 50s level term so let me know how you get on,K
    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 24th Sep 19, 7:05 AM
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    Hi im looking for an over 50s level term so let me know how you get on,K
    Originally posted by tictaktoe
    Are you asking any poster specifically?


    The last post was made 3-and-a-half years ago so I'm not sure you'll get a response.
    (I'm not sure what an 'over 50s level term' is)
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