Brag about yer age? Yeah, right!

Brag about yer age? Yeah, right!
“Let’s feel good about being 50, 60, 70 and beyond” advises The New York Times. “Let’s even brag about it.” Brag about getting older? Yeah, right. This weekend I went to visit a friend and quickly realized that the other guests were not my age. As I settled into the wrinkle-hiding shadows with a drink, ...

Ageism hits a new low in South Africa

Ageism hits a new low in South Africa
  A billboard on a Johannesburg highway has been condemned for dissing the elderly. Part of a campaign for the country’s newest all-news channel, it proclaims “We aren’t old farts”. Then in brackets: “(Nah, not even our presenters)”. Next to these words is a photo of a white-haired gentleman. It is not clear who he ...

A Triumph of Aging 1

A Triumph of Aging
If a triumph of aging is to finally do what you really want, without regard for what others may think, then Louisa Jo Killen went to her grave triumphant. Born Louis Killen in 1934, he spent 76 years as a male, most as a respected British folk singer with a notable period as a Clancy ...

Memoir, Autobiography or Life Review 1

Memoir, Autobiography or Life Review
  The Sankofa bird of Ghanaian myth flies forward to the future while looking back at the past. “We look back to move forward.” – West African proverb Many cultures encourage an effort to understand how the past shapes our lives. In the Akan language of Ghana this process is known as Sankofa, symbolized by ...

To Long-Surviving Left-handers

To Long-Surviving Left-handers
Is it tough being left in a right-dominated world? If you’re left-handed, have you felt inconvenienced throughout your life? Have you ever been a victim of rightist discrimination? But what My New Old Self really wants to know is whether it is harder to survive into old age as a lefty? There have been surveys ...

Posers Beware

Posers Beware
  Here’s a tip for when you next find yourself facing a camera: think before you strike a pose. This advice popped into My New Old Head when I saw the last white president of South Africa, aged 77, posing for a media campaign called 21 Icons. Barefoot and wearing a suit and tie, he ...

High Point of Happiness at 69 4

High Point of Happiness at 69
If you’re feeling a bit miz in your 50s just hang in there for another decade. That’s when your spirits will soar higher than at any time since your early 20s. That may sound like a thumb-sucked horoscope but it’s actually the finding of a new study on happiness and aging. It pinpoints 23 and ...

Retire now? Worst ever timing!

I had only just begun to savour my new status as an empty-nester no longer funding offspring – AKA a DIKE, Double Income Kids Employed – when the recession changed the D to Diminished. My New Old Self no longer had a full-time job, and less free-lance work was bringing in less pay. Ditto for My New Old ...

Poets find a new box to play in: Twitter

Poets find a new box to play in: Twitter
My New Old Self was inspired to write a little poem in the inaugural post on this blog: We gotta press play cuz we can’t rewind even if we wanted to. We can’t press pause even if we try. Sigh. http://t.co/WSjxMWLsMg — My New Old Self (@mynewoldself) July 17, 2013 Now I realise that this ...

Thrifty is Nifty 2

Thrifty is Nifty
This codger in his previously-worn attire is styling in a hit video called Thrift Shop. Now that’s a place My New Old Self can relate to. Who knew that a song about a thrift shop was the 29th most watched video on YouTube, with 372 million views as of mid-2013? The song’s popularity is even ...