60, a number which once filled people with dread, isn’t as bad as it seems these days. The population is living for longer and is seemingly more active than it used to be. If you have ventured around our website and have looked at our team, our care manager Sue is listed on there and she is roughly 60 years old, yet looks 10, if not 20 years younger than this! (Although the photo we’ve used doesn’t give her much justice). When you hit this age you will be astonished at the amount of cost savings that a lot of businesses offer to people within the over 60’s age bracket. Below I have compiled a list which underlines the benefits of being over 60’s, which you or your loved ones may not know about.
Unfortunately there is no 90% discount off your fruit and veg from the supermarket. However there may be classes and gym memberships in your local area which offer a reduced rate. A lot of leisure centres/ local swimming baths offer free swimming for seniors, which is useful for both leisure and keeping fit.
- Free Eye Tests with the NHS
- Free NHS prescriptions
- 25% off glasses or lenses at Specsavers when you purchase a pair for over £69
Although this little nugget of information will mean nothing for people living in Sheffield or the general South Yorkshire area, if you do find yourself living in the London borough or have a relative there, a 60+ Oyster card is a brilliant way of travelling around the capital on bus, tram or tube for free!
- 1/3 off a full price standard or first class train ticket, with an over 60’s railcard. It costs £30 for a year or £70 for three years. Very good if you are travelling around or visiting families regularly in far off places.
- People over 60 may be entitled to free off-peak bus and tram travel within the South Yorkshire area, this also includes travel to and from west Yorkshire on a northern rail train service, you can check your eligibility by calling 01709 51 51 51
Home Instead Sheffield has recently updated clients through an internal client newsletter, which showed them how they could save money on some housing costs.
- Free Diamond card membership with B&Q provides 10% Discount on a Wednesday.
Brilliant if you want to get into some DIY
- Age UK have partnered with E-on to provide fixed cost gas and electricity for 2 years if you are aged over 60. However you do need to pay by monthly direct debit, so whether it is a saving or not we couldn’t 100% tell you (there is a lot of small print), although it does boast a £35 saving on each fuel per year when you pay this way.
- Winter fuel Payment is accessible to anyone not receiving the state pension or another ‘social security benefit’. You could get £100 - £300 tax free to pay your heating bills during the winter months (November and December). You just need to check if you are eligible.
In terms of entertainment and leisure a lot is available for the over 60’s. Companionship care is provided by Home Instead to ensure that clients can experience different leisure activities if they want to.
- Odeon cinema and Cineworld offer an over 60’s seniors price which is discounted from the standard rate.
- Rumour has it that the Lyceum and Crucible in Sheffield may also offer a discounted rate which may be worth asking about, although this is not 100% certain.
- Local Restaurants and café’s often offer 2 for 1 meal deals for senior citizens which is particularly apparent during lunchtime.
So overall the outlook for being 60+ isn't looking too bad with the amount of benefits on offer. There are a lot more cost savings that haven't been mentioned here, but it is definately worth looking around the internet to find out if there are any further offers that can help you.