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. ...

Not too old for Smartphone Neck 2

Not too old for Smartphone Neck
I may not get Text Neck, that affliction mainly of slouching youthful thumb typists, but I am not too old to get Smartphone Neck. It can happen even when I do that thing young people have given up doing: talking on the phone. Unlike Text Neck, Smartphone Neck is not something brand new that has emerged in the digital age. It’s ...

Allergy making you sneeze more? Blame climate change

Allergy making you sneeze more? Blame climate change
You may be hearing “Bless you!” and “Gesundheit” more as you get older. And it may not be only your allergy to flowers and grass that is to blame. Scientists say that climate change could make your allergy worse, if that’s why you’re sneezing. If you’ve already found that that an allergy has got worse with age, sorry to tell ...

7 Surprising Things You Didn’t Know about The Paralyzed Man Whose Nose Helped Him Walk Again

7 Surprising Things You Didn’t Know about The Paralyzed Man Whose Nose Helped Him Walk Again
My New Old Self has succumbed to the reported pulling power of the Enticing List format. Apparently grillions more of you will read this article if you are lured by this kind of headline. The key is to start with a number – of things which are surprising, shocking, outrageous… The 7 Surprising Things I’m ...

Sitting is the new smoking? Stand up and live longer 6

Sitting is the new smoking? Stand up and live longer
What’s the secret of a long life? You can’t open a newspaper or web page these days without finding some new anti-aging strategy. What to eat, how to exercise, when to sleep – scientists seem to be continually investigating what makes us live longer. There are so many studies there’s hardly time to read them ...

Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s nude magazine cover a victory for older women? 1

Julia Louis-Dreyfus's nude magazine cover a victory for older women?
You know the old rule about what’s news and what’s not: Dog bites man, no. Man bites dog, yes. So according to this journalistic guideline about the unusual and unexpected trumping the expected and predictable, a sexy young woman is too common to be news. But an older women who is still hot, that’s news. ...

Eat your vegetables (like we told you)

Eat your vegetables (like we told you)
So Mom was right. And Granny. And all our elders who urged us to eat our vegetables. Spinach makes you strong like Popeye, they said. Carrots help you see in the dark. An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Turns out it was all basically true. A British study in a respected medical journal ...

Wow, you look good for your age! 1

Wow, you look good for your age!
Surely one of the benefits of getting older is no longer worrying about being bust by the Style Police. Wrong. Age seems to be no excuse for Fashion Faux Pas (French for wearing baggy tracksuit pants beyond the front door). Fashion advice to those over 50 emphasizes how not to dress, with warnings about Top ...