‘Twas the season for writing Xmas letters 2

'Twas the season for writing Xmas letters
Welcome to the December Holiday instalment of my seemingly endless musings on What I Miss. About how ’twas. As every man, woman and child on the planet has been been reminded by looped Christmas carol compilations in shops and restaurants since October, ‘tis the season to be jolly. What My New Old Self misses when ...

Face it, it’s about Face Value 3

Face it, it's about Face Value
I just watched a movie starring some of Hollywood’s top talent and everyone was looking old. In a good way. If you think that’s not possible, read on. The movie itself doesn’t really matter. It’s the looking old part that is my focus. For the record, the film is called Homesman. The title is a reference ...

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 ...

Feeling down? Try some… nature!

Feeling down? Try some... nature!
As recommended here before, try this to improve your life as you get older…

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 ...

Birding Lite 2

Birding Lite
I am tentatively considering taking up the hobby of birdwatching and I have Sonto Tembe to thank. This field ranger can spot any animal in the bush, but his specialty is identifying birds. I was lucky enough to be guided by Tembe on an early morning walk recently. Only later did I learn that to ...

Time in nature can make you happy 6

Time in nature can make you happy
A new study has shown that spending time in nature can make you happy. Admittedly, this wasn’t a controlled and monitored experiment. There were no randomised control trials. However, while the sample was small, the lack of quantative data is made up for by qualitative research. Here is a brief summary of the findings of this ...

Waking at night (you know why) 2

Waking at night (you know why)
More people in Africa have cellphones than toilets. This statistic comes to mind when I wake up in the middle of the night. Which often happens when you get older. There’s no gender divide on this one. Both men and women tend to experience interrupted sleep as we age. You know the reason most of ...

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. ...