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 ...

Gaga can go gray but grannies can’t go Gaga 2

Gaga can go gray but grannies can’t go Gaga
It was my niece’s 13th birthday party and about a dozen 12- and 13 year-olds were playing a party game. (How heartening that children still do, when so often they’re all just staring at their phones.) The game called “Who Am I?” starts with a name stuck on your forehead (or back), then you have a limited ...

Older women at Cannes 2

Older women at Cannes
Nowhere is the media’s double standard in aging between male and female more glaringly obvious than at that annual glamathon on the French Riviera, the Cannes Film Festival. This year the main Cannes jury was headed by writer-director-producers the Coen Brothers, the first time two people have shared this role. The most lauded film of ...

Baby Boomers vs their grown-up babies

Baby Boomers vs their grown-up babies
We are all foreigners somewhere. Here you are part of us, but over there you would be one of them. Somewhere, some day you may be a foreigner. Then you could be a victim of xenophobia. Ageism is unlike any other ism or phobia. You could avoid xenophobia by never leaving your homeland (although poverty ...

Hurry up and die, says the net to old people

Hurry up and die, says the net to old people
I started typing the words “old people should…” Here’s how Google finished the sentence. Do try this at home. Watch closely as you type “old people should” into Google’s Chrome, Microsoft’s Bing, Mozilla’s Firefox – or a search engine that respects your privacy and doesn’t track you like DuckDuckGo or StartPage. Whichever one you use, it will immediately start ...

Anger management as you age

Anger management as you age
“Get angry about ageism – and take action to combat it.” That’s a resolution for 2014 from one of the world’s most powerful lobbies for older people.* Of course My New Old Self decries age-based discrimination. Older people everywhere have been hard hit in this troubled economy and have less hope than younger people of ...

Old people should – die? Thanks, Google 1

Old people should - die? Thanks, Google
Google is like those annoying people who finish your sentences. You start to type into the search bar and before you finish the first word or two, it’s suggesting the rest of what it thinks you want to find out. It’s not mind-reading and it’s not suggestion. It’s called “auto-complete”. An algorithm that predicts and ...

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 ...