A ping does not make my heart sing 1

A ping does not make my heart sing
A young person’s phone is the love of their life… Ask me about my phone and I’ll tell you there is little love lost between us. I actually miss the days when phones were not mobile but rooted in the earth. I miss rushing to answer a ringing phone. I miss the chats I used to ...

Studies show (sometimes): what we know 1

Studies show (sometimes): what we know
“Studies show” – you’ve read that here before. My New Old Self often cites research findings from studies on ageing. Studies can offer revelations and insights. Sometimes, however, they seem to simply confirm the intuitively obvious. Like a recent study revealing that pop music lyrics show “negative representations” of older people. Duh, our youth-loving, age-denying ...

To be happier and healthier: retire! 3

To be happier and healthier: retire!
Do you want to improve your health, live longer and feel happier? Then retire. A new study shows that retirement is good for your health and wellbeing. When people stop work it makes them more active. They do less sitting, which readers of this column will know is a health risk. They even sleep better. ...

I’m like: I don’t like it

I'm like: I don't like it
I’ve got a problem with the word “like”. I don’t like that “like” has replaced the word “said” in spoken English. People don’t say “I said” or “He says” much any more. Instead they say “She was like” and “I’m like”. As for me, I’m like: I don’t like it. But whether I like it or ...

Binge-watching? Life’s too short 1

Binge-watching? Life's too short
“Binge-watch” is the latest Word Of The Year. binge-watch, verb: “to watch a large number of television programs (especially all the shows from one series) in succession” – Collins English Dictionary Lexicographers – word-watchers – noticed that the usage of this word had increased by 200% over the previous year, so it was named 2015’s top word. Watching as many ...

Don’t personalise me! 1

Don't personalise me!
I needed a new handbag and made the decision not to buy “pleather”. That’s the term for plastic that’s supposed to look like leather, but does not. Except perhaps at a glance, from a distance. What’s more, its ersatz veneer eventually begins to peel, especially at the seams. Pleather (noun, adjective): Imitation leather, Plastic Leather ...

Vacation or anticipation – which is better? 3

Vacation or anticipation – which is better?
It’s nearly the end of January and my memories are fading. Not in general (that happens year round). I mean specifically, about what I did last month. My pleasant memories of my December holiday are getting dimmer. My cheery post-vacation mood is wearing off. So it’s time for… Not another holiday, it’s obviously too early ...

Distracted Walking? No, pay attention!

Distracted Walking? No, pay attention!
“Watch your step!” I have heard that warning a lot in my life, and have often been grateful for it. However, there are a lot of people out there who seem not to heed such counsel. As a result they are putting themselves at risk for the latest health hazard of the digital age: Distracted Walking. ...

My New Old New Year’s resolutions

My New Old New Year's resolutions
Yet another new year… Instead of sighing and wishing time wouldn’t keep marching on, consider this. Judging from advice on making the most effective new year’s resolutions, it seems that we of a certain age are doing a lot of things right. Which means that we can happily ignore all the exhortations to reinvent and ...

10 Tips on Holiday Travel 1

10 Tips on Holiday Travel
Whether you go to relatives for the holidays or use the December-January break to take a vacation, you have to spend time getting there. Travelling during the busiest time of the year can be stressful. ‘Tis the season, but by the time you arrive at your destination you may be less than jolly. So it’s worth ...