I’ve had a reality check. Here it is …

I’m getting older. I know that. I’ve said for a long time that I plan to see 100 and beyond. And, I’m determined to age well. Age healthily. Age happily. Age productively. In community with like-minded people. I eschew the idea of a retirement village or nursing home. That’s not for me. I don’t do bingo. Have no interest in bingo. And group excursions or group events? I’ve never been a good groupie which is probably one of the reasons I won’t do cruises. I don’t like the idea of being told when to eat, what to eat or where to eat. However, there’s a ‘but’. Here it is …

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Old or older. Which are you?

Today I’m a little older than yesterday.  Tomorrow I’ll be a little older than I am today.  In 10 years I’ll be a bit older again, and 20 years hence, older again.  Will I be old?  Not if I can help it.  Will life be different?  Yes.  Will life be slightly different to the one I had in my 20’s, 30’s, 40’s or 50’s. Definitely. And guess what? That’s OK. Let’s face it, we all get older, from the day we are born. The question is: When do we become old vs becoming older?

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We’re not too old! 5 Facts of an Older Worker

Whilst some of us are keen to finish work and never go back, many others (including me) enjoy working and want to continue doing so beyond 55 or 65. Although we can feel discarded and made to question our relevance and value in organisations, older workers have lots to offer. Working also has health benefits. But why would anyone bother hiring an older person?

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Tackling technology. Why bother? And … saying ‘no’.

Many years ago I saw a landscaper standing on the path with his smart phone leaning against a rock as he did sign language. I marvelled at the freedom this technology had provided to the hearing impaired who use sign language as they could now visually communicate with each other using a phone. Smart phones, computers, the internet, and social media are all fantastic innovations. They provide freedom and connection. But for some it does neither.  For some, technology equals …

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The problem with retirement is …

that according to the Oxford English dictionary, retirement means: ‘The action or fact of leaving one’s job and ceasing to work’, or ‘the period of one’s life after retiring from work’. Why is this a problem?

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What is the future of ageing?

I recently attended ‘The Future of Ageing’ conference run by the Arts Health Institute. It was an informative, action-packed, fun 2 days with a range of expert speakers intermingled with singing, comedy, films, and a dance performance written, choreographed, and designed by an inspiring 101 year old dancer who also performed in the show.  The underlying message and theme throughout the conference was …

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Eric’s 5 tips for happily ageing

Eric’s a good friend. He turns 80 this year. He’s lively, fun, interesting and an inspiration for ageing well. He’s not a doddering ‘old man’ and looks significantly younger than his actual age. When I asked him recently what he thought was the secret to ageing well, this is what he told me …

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Celebrating carers at Christmas

I have several friends who are caring or have cared for a loved one – either a spouse, parent, or child. My experience of caring is limited to when I took care of my father in the last weeks of his life before he finally passed away after a rapid decline in health due to lung cancer. My observation of carers is this …

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5 Christmas gift ideas to combat loneliness

My mother-in-law lives by herself.  She’s in her late 70’s. Her home is immaculate. She is immaculate. She has two cats.  We live in Sydney. She lives in London. That’s just the start of a story that many families are challenged by at Christmas.

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To drive or not to drive? That is the question …

Not long ago I saw an elderly gentleman shuffling along the footpath, looking down and watching where he was walking.  He came to a set of traffic lights and walked down the sloped gutter onto the road against a red walking signal.  Concerned that he hadn’t noticed the signal and perhaps wasn’t seeing the traffic I parked as quickly as possible and walked back to assist. This is what I discovered …

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