If it ain’t broke don’t fix it 1

If it ain’t broke don’t fix it
As with many an old adage, there’s truth in the Ain’t Broke Don’t Fix advice. But it is also true that if something is broken, it is harder than ever to get it fixed. What was once quaintly called “make do and mend” is Not A Thing. Not any more. For a range of reasons. It’s ...

Grandparents as parents – again 1

Grandparents as parents - again
A grandmother in a hut in rural South Africa and a granny in a house in a US suburb may have more in common than just their ages. Increasing numbers of grandparents are parenting again. This is because their own children have passed away. AIDS has been a top killer in Africa. In the West, ...

Chilling to live longer 1

Chilling to live longer
It’s not only what you eat and how you move and how long you sleep that contributes to aging. What you think is also a factor. So think about chilling more. Warning: thoughts can be harmful to your health Recent research shows that certain thoughts can be so unhealthy as to contribute to an early ...

Proofreading – is it still a thing? 3

Proofreading - is it still a thing?
Is proofreading even a thing any more? My New Old Self feels strongly that proofreading should still be a thing. “Is it even a thing?” Look it up! Being a thing is totally a thing now, by the way. The phrase, “Is it even a thing?” recently made it into the Cambridge Dictionary. The definition: ...

UK’s Intergenerational Election

UK's Intergenerational Election
The June 8 poll in the UK has been called “the intergenerational election”. This is because young people came out in record numbers to vote. What’s more, the majority of them voted for the geezer on the ballot. Oldest UK leader wins youth vote The latest British election set a new trend towards political cooperation ...

Elders + Tech = Laughs

Elders + Tech = Laughs
Your intrepid correspondent on the Elder Watch beat considers it a key duty to keep you up to date where technology is concerned. Not about the latest technological developments. Forget that, I battle to keep up with the ever-changing tech world like most of us whose lives have straddled the Digital Divide. Besides, youthful tech ...

Busily bragging 1

Busily bragging
There are many ways one can tell that times have changed, and notice how today’s world is different from the past.Sometimes it’s in a single word – as with responses to the common greeting, “How are you?” More and more I hear this answer to that question: “Busy!” In my time the most common response to “How ...

No Deathbed for author Karel Schoeman 1

No Deathbed for author Karel Schoeman
I would have thought that an author who wrote movingly of deathbed reflections would embrace such an eventual life review for himself. Yet acclaimed South African writer Karel Schoeman chose to end his own life at the age of 77, rather than carry on living, writing and reflecting. Afrikaans writer Karel Schoeman commits suicide President ...

“For You” = especially for me?

“For You” – that was the tag on a present I recently received. It wasn’t giftwrapped and tied with a ribbon, but delivered to me digitally. It was a collection of music put together especially for me. Kind of like those mixtapes we used to make back in the pre-digital era. Algo-Rhythm “For You” was ...

Insights from the TV Guide

Insights from the TV Guide
I recently gained some new insights into aging from a rather unexpected source: the TV Guide. I’m talking about the magazine. I wasn’t clicking or scrolling through an online version or navigating the one on my TV screen. I was paging through the printed guide published monthly for subscribers of DSTV, featuring schedules of all ...