So, YES we are back, the blog has been inactive for some time whilst we work on other projects such as the magazine, script writing, social media hashtagging and something special for Halloween 2017.

But what a better way to start with our first new post in a month and to talk about ghost hunting. Now I am not a young whipper-snapper no more, I will readily admit that, whilst the smile and the nice green eyes are still there, the beard is greying, the muscles are aching and the wrinkles are more wrinklier then ever before. What's that got to do with ghost hunting I hear you cry in your tens. Well, if i'm getting older then so bloody well are you lot. The amount of groans I hear when people are bending down to pick up their K2 meters is on the increase and my eyesight in the dark is getting worse, the times I have walked into a wall that I swear wasn't there the last time i went there is on the up.
"YES there is a wave of young ghost hunters coming up and that's brilliant, but ghost hunting is so popular these days that there's ghost hunters of all ages"
Ghost hunters are becoming forgetful, groaning when they get out of a chair – and looking for glasses without realising they’re wearing them and apparently they are among the top triggers for feeling your age, a study has found.
#Haun7edLIVE our first photoshoot
A poll of 2,000 adults, (hey maybe some them were ghost hunters) found the average adult starts to worry about getting old at the age of 40, with losing your keys and a receding hairline among the triggers for that concern. Other signs of getting older include temporarily forgetting a child’s name and using the phrase "When I was younger…" and eight in 10 respondents admit to walking into a room and forgetting why they’d entered, with one in five saying it happens often.
Stewart Stretton-Hill at Irwin Mitchell Private Wealth, which commissioned the research, said: “Ageing is something that happens to us all, and it’s something that many people worry about. And dementia is becoming much more common as we live longer lives, which is another huge concern for people. It’s important for people to think about their futures as they begin to get to retirement age, and have a plan in place for what comes when they are no longer able to make decisions for themselves."
#Haun7edLIVE's Jason Wall before make-up prep.
Now as you know I am part of #Haun7edLIVE, the most handsomest, cutest, funniest, ghost hunting team NOT on TV. But we are not getting any older, five of us are over 40 and I'll admit to being the oldest of the team, although most people think Jason looks older than me, (9 out of 10, in a recent survey), one of us is grandad, one of us is a grandad in waiting and then there's James, our 12 year old protege, who is an important part of the team AND he also keeps the average age of the team down, never a bad thing that. 

#Haun7edLIVE, oh how fresh faced we are!!
Think about your team and how young you were back in the day, then take a good look at yourself and your team the next time you're together and I bet you say to yourself "f**k me we're old" BUT that's not a bad thing, you've ghost hunted for many years now, time has taken its toll, the quest to prove the unprovable has had an effect, those late nights, those cups of coffee, those doughnuts but you know what, it's all worth it, we love it don't we?
Unsurprisingly, the number-one sign you’re getting old is noticing wrinkles on your face, according to four in 10 Brits. This was followed by the realisation that your eyesight and hearing are diminishing as the years go by. Those aged 35-44 said they were more likely to “feel old” than those over 44, suggesting that your actual age has little bearing on how old you feel. Three quarters of the population say they worry about getting old, with seven in 10 specifically anxious about suffering from dementia.
But a staggering 95 per cent of respondents haven’t put any plans in place to deal with a dementia diagnosis.Eight in 10 Brits admit they have no idea what causes dementia, with a further 40 per cent being unaware of any dementia symptoms. Yet more than 225,000 people are diagnosed with dementia each year with the number of sufferers expected to top 1m by 2025.
We look so much better in blue, dont we?
Stewart Stretton-Hill said: "The research shows that despite many people being concerned about ageing and developing dementia, the vast majority haven’t done anything to prepare for their later life in the event they should suffer an illness or accident that affects their capacity. Very few people have a lasting power of attorney (LPA) in place but failing to do so can cause a legal headache over who should be making decisions in future because no one has an automatic right to make decisions for someone else. Family and friends may dispute who is best placed to make the big decisions about finances and potentially health care and the court of protection would need to be involved. An LPA gives an individual the right to manage the most personal aspects someone’s life. It is the most important of their life so it is essential to get it right."
The survey was conducted to coincide with this year's Dementia Awareness Week between 15 – 20 May, which is being held to encourage people who are worried about dementia to confront their worries by addressing dementia directly and talk to each other as well as seeking support from the Alzheimer's Society. 
Noticing wrinkles in your face
Realising your eyesight isn't as good as it used to be
Realising your hearing isn't as good as it used to be
Feeling like you look old
Making a groaning noise when sitting down or standing up
Finding a grey hair
Walking into a room and then forgetting why
Finding it difficult to get down to play with young children
Using the phrase "When I was younger..."
Having to stop playing a sport because you are too slow
Noticing your hairline receding
Forgetting where you parked your car
Looking for your glasses without realising you were wearing them
Being too tired to have sex
Temporarily forgetting a child's name
Starting driving places you may have previously walked or cycled
Losing keys
Wearing socks and sandals at the same time
Developing a taste for sherry
Doing the ‘coin from behind a child’s ear’ trick
Don't forget #haun7edLIVE are back with another LIVE Ghost Hunt on June the 9th, we are going back to school, please watch us if you can at our new facebook page
I hope this post raises awareness for Dementia, not just in Dementia Awareness Week, but for other days, weeks and months. YES we've tweaked it a bit to make it ghostified but if that helps it get read then our job is done #dontbenormal BE PARANORMAL you old gits...

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