when I first saw this post I thought to myself here goes another pensioner complaining about something or other again, but to have you say "I' m really quite grateful for the care I am shown)" shows what an excellent positive attitude you have to old age in thre UK. If only more of us had a similar attitude.
I was fortunate enough to be able to take early retirement combined with redundancy at age 60. Believe you me you will wonder how you ever found the TIME to go to work.
And after many years of working 12 hour shifts days and night and weekends it takes a while to get back into sleeping regular hours again. After 4 years I'm only now into sleeping 7/8 hours a night every night, and feeling so much better for it.
Don't knock it, you've done your bit, now enjoy yourself.
apart for a couple of years doing two and a half days aw eek helping a friend out. I am extremely gratified with - Winter Fuel/Free Rubbish TV/ Flu jabs and all. Filling time is never a problem- there is always something going on. The one thing that bugged me for many of the early years was I could not get out of the habit of cracking on with the big household jobs on a Saturday and a Sunday- 'Coz I had to get up and go to work on Monday' Cured my self of it now however, after a period of putting off jobs 'till tomorrow' the pendulum is coming back to a sensible centre