Telomere care – it’s up to you!

Telomere care - it's up to you!
Want to live longer? Here’s how: “Have fun, get exercise of any kind, say something warm to somebody every day and enjoy healthy food.” If you think that sounds like a touchy-feely tip from a credentials-free healer, you’re wrong. Those are the words of a molecular biologist who won the Nobel Prize in Medicine. Dr. ...

How to sprout – with e-Help

How to sprout - with e-Help
Older people have a not undeserved reputation for complaining. Something we often complain about is technology. It has been challenging for Baby Boomers to master the ever evolving technological advancements of the digital age. Those born between 1946 and 1964 have straddled the analogue and digital eras. We were well into adulthood when we started transitioning ...

Live longer – and better!

Live longer - and better!
When I saw this cartoon it depressed me. “These are them?” All this effort to stay young – and all it gets us is more years of being old? Wait a minute. Let’s refill that half-glass of water, abandoning such pessimistic measurement of its emptiness. Readers of this column will know how fond My New Old Self ...

For the love of bacon 2

For the love of bacon
Have you checked out the sizzling debate over bacon’s impact on the human lifespan? Bacon lovers are reeling from a new study by the World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) that classified bacon as carcinogenic. News stories about this research have been passionately defensive of bacon. It would seem that the headline ...

In Praise of Fidgeting

In Praise of Fidgeting
I have often sung the praises of taking advice from our elders. Eat your vegetables – that turned out to be a good tip, proven by scientific studies to make you live longer. Get some fresh air. Go for a walk, preferably amongst greenery. Those are other oft-heard suggestions from parents and grandparents. Now this ...

Text Neck, now Birder Neck 3

Text Neck, now Birder Neck
I come to you with my head hung in shame… Correction: if I could move my neck without wincing, that would be my contrite posture. But I can’t. Not just my neck but my head and shoulders have been locked in painful spasm. I beg your forgiveness because My New Old Self aims to offer ...

Studies show… Duh! 4

Studies show... Duh!
I love it when something I’m already doing turns out to be good for me. Especially now that I’m endlessly checking out advice on how to avoid all that bad stuff that comes with aging. My eyes are riveted by headlines such as “Chocolate protects against memory loss”. I never fail to click on links ...

Cover Girl at 65 1

Cover Girl at 65
How does a 65-year-old get on the cover of a top fashion magazine? It was Caitlyn Jenner’s Welcome to Womanhood. Do you applaud Caitlyn Jenner because she is brave or because she’s pretty? – transgender writer Meredith Talusan in the UK Guardian. The question could be rephrased: Do you applaud Caitlyn because she is brave or ...

How to sound younger 7

How to sound younger
I ran into an old friend recently and was taken aback at how he had aged. Not because of how he looked, but how he sounded. It was his voice. It was kind of croaky. It’s bad enough to worry about looking old, I thought to myself. Now I’ll have to worry about sounding old. First ...

Way to Go: On the Go

Way to Go: On the Go
The recent passing of South African novelist Andre Brink was a “death in transit”, like historian Jeff Guy’s late last year. Brink’s passing at 79 occurred on a flight from Amsterdam to his hometown of Cape Town. Guy died at 74 on a bus to catch his flight from London to his hometown of Durban. ...