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Two Men, One Mountain...and £20,000 for the Alzheimer's Society.

Two members of the team at Sunrise Senior Living of Solihull have successfully completed a 9,000 mile round trip to raise money for Alzheimer's Society. Chip Mawson and Leon Palmer are hoping to raise £20,000 in sponsorship by climbing Africa's highest mountain, Kilimanjaro. Before they left, they had already reached £17,500. "We're hoping that we can hit our target by the time we come back down the mountain and return to Heathrow," said Chip.

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The health benefits of tai chi

Although perhaps not as popular as yoga, tai chi is becoming increasingly common as a form of exercise in the UK. Older people looking for a way to have fun, stay fit and reduce stress may want to consider tai chi, as it's one of the most accessible ways to stay in shape, particularly for people who find other exercises to be too intense.

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Hot cocoa may protect against cognitive decline

Hot chocolate has long been a popular beverage for anyone looking for a delicious way to warm up, and new research suggests it may be helping improve their brain's health, as well. The study, performed by scientists from America's Harvard Medical School, suggests drinking two cups of hot cocoa each day could increase blood flow to the brain, according to findings published in the journal Neurology.

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What is dementia with Lewy bodies?

Coping with dementia can be tremendously challenging for both the sufferer and their caregivers. In addition to robbing older individuals of their memories, some forms of dementia also pose physical difficulties. One of the most common variants is known as dementia with Lewy bodies, often abbreviated to DLB. This disorder can be even harder for relatives to handle, but what is it, and what are the symptoms?

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Living with reduced eyesight

As you get older, you'll probably notice that some things don't work as well as they used to. Between sore joints, aching muscles and the odd momentary mental lapse, ageing can be difficult. One of the most challenging medical conditions many elderly people have to endure is failing eyesight. Fortunately, there are a number of ways in which people learn to cope with reduced visual acuity, so even if your eyes aren't as sharp as they once were, it doesn't mean you can't go on living your life.

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Are you paying too much tax?

Nobody likes paying taxes, but if you're not careful, the Inland Revenue could end up taking more than it is entitled to. Older people sometimes pay too much tax because affording an accountant can be prohibitive to many pensioners, and because taxation regulations can be very complicated, especially if you're claiming various allowances in government support. If you think you're paying too much in tax, follow these tips to make sure the Inland Revenue gets precisely what its owed, and not a penny more:

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Learning a new skill in retirement

When you retire, you'll have a lot more time on your hands. Why not make the most of it by learning a new skill? There are probably dozens of things you always wanted to learn when you were working, but simply didn't have the time to pursue. Well, now there are no excuses! Why not get out there and do something you've always wanted to do?

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Choose the right mobility aid

One of the hardest things about getting older is that it can become increasingly difficult to get around. As you age, your bones and muscles can weaken, and health conditions such as osteoporosis can make routine movements challenging or even painful. If you're finding you're a little less spry than you used to be, there are a number of mobility aids available that could help to put a spring back into your step.

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