Healthy Aging + the Future (if we’re still here) 1

Healthy Aging + the Future (if we're still here)
“Healthy aging” is a good way to describe what we all want from life as we get older. We don’t want to be old for longer. We want to be – or at least feel – young for longer. Sure, we want longevity. As long as it comes with good physical, psychological and social health. ...

Paper vs Digital Calendars 2

Paper vs Digital Calendars
January used to be my time to buy calendars. Just one wall calendar wasn’t enough. I needed one to contemplate while brushing my teeth and another to check while in the kitchen. In addition to buying a calendar, I would try to score a free one from a local shop or company. My criteria: nice ...

10 Tips for a Mall-Free Holiday 2

10 Tips for a Mall-Free Holiday
  ‘Tis the season…? To steer clear of shopping malls. ‘Tis the season of giving… stuff away. It’s nice to give gifts, but not so nice to shop for them in crowded malls. What’s more, I’m finding it ever more challenging to figure out what to give to family and friends who, like so many ...

This is not a list of 10 or 100 or 1,000 Things To Do Before You Die 1

This is not a list of 10 or 100 or 1,000 Things To Do Before You Die
  It’s become fashionable to make a Bucket List – what you aim to do before you “kick the bucket”. There’s even a Bucket List movie featuring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman as terminally ill old codgers who go on a road trip to check things off their list. Which the late film critic Roger Ebert ...

1964 World’s Fair, I was there

1964 World’s Fair, I was there
I am one of more than 50-million people from all over the world who went to the New York World’s Fair in 1964. That was the year that the US passed the Civil Rights Act banning racial discrimination, and when a South Africa court sentenced Nelson Mandela to life in prison. This week marks the ...

Holiday cards – a parent’s version of Facebook?

Holiday cards – a parent’s version of Facebook?
‘Tis the Season of Giving, and in Christmases past ‘twas the season to do this by sending Christmas cards. Sending a holiday greeting card was not something that could be done instantly. It required planning. You had to decide who you wanted to send the cards to and get their postal addresses. You had to ...

The day they tell you: Granny, you can’t drive your car! (but we still love you)

The day they tell you: Granny, you can’t drive your car! (but we still love you)
It’s said that in Florida bars catering for retirees a top pick-up line is: “I’ve still got my driver’s license.” Say you get lucky and someone very appealing is telling you, as per the Beatles song: “Baby you can drive my car – and maybe I’ll love you!” It would be a real downer to ...

Cherishing the Feel and Smell of Paper 1

Cherishing the Feel and Smell of Paper
My New Old Self recently expanded from cyberspace into the world of hard copy. After launching a blog about getting older, I accepted an invitation to write a fortnightly column in a local newspaper. It was like coming home, to wake up and find the paper waiting on my doorstep, then to open it and ...

Older Persons, it’s your day – and week 1

Older Persons, it's your day - and week
We’re in the limelight this week, so here are a few tips to help you deal with all the attention. Have a cup of strong coffee before you read the official UN statement on the International Day of Older Persons because it’s in UN-speak so it might put you to sleep. There’s the usual mention of ...