So… that’s how they start sentences these days

So... that's how they start sentences these days
I have recently noticed more and more people starting sentences with the word “So”. I have also noticed that most of those who like to launch their sentences with So are younger than me. I have no principled objection to the use of So to start a sentence. In fact, there are many instances in ...

Good neighbors can make you live longer

Good neighbors can make you live longer
Living close to family members or friends you know well can make you physically healthier and help you age more slowly. This revelation about the value of good neighbours came in a new study by scientists from the universities of East Anglia and Leeds in the UK, and Groningen in The Netherlands. The research showed that ...

What are we, if not dotards?

What are we, if not dotards?
Previously on My New Old Self, as they say on TV, was a condemnation of the revival of a centuries old epithet for old people. Dotard, that word resuscitated from obscurity in the Trump-Kim Jung-un word wars, was rejected for conflating chronological enhancement with dotage and dementia. So we know what we don’t want to ...

Don’t dare call me a dotard! 1

Don't dare call me a dotard!
What do you want to be called? You, me and the rest of us Of A Certain Age. What term for “old” is preferable? Or rather, which word is least unacceptable? I am guided by the wise counsel of an American comedian who was cracking jokes 100 years ago. “It ain’t what they call you, ...

Old and feeling it? Blame TV

Old and feeling it? Blame TV
If you’re feeling your age, guess where you can put the blame? On TV. This is the finding of two new scientific studies. And you know how much My New Old Self relies on those two words “studies show”. TV + old people = bad news These studies show that television has a negative impact ...

Piano on my Mind 3

Piano on my Mind
I have recently taken up the piano again after a gap of nearly five decades. I was taught to read music at the same age that I learned to read English. At the age of five I started weekly lessons with a piano teacher who happened to live across the street. Even when we moved ...

Downsize and Declutter 2

Downsize and Declutter
The older I get, the more I hear these D-words. Downsize and declutter are what you need to do when clearing out rooms after kids leave home. Or in packing up an entire house before moving to smaller retirement quarters. New industries have emerged to assist those who aim to downsize and declutter. There are ...

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

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 ...