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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Benchmarked for eternity

Benchmarked for eternity
Do you ever think about what you want to survive you? Not who. Not spouses, partners, progeny or pals. What. Erecting a large stone over your decomposing mortal remains is the most popular way of leaving something behind after death. Even if the ashes-to-ashes process is expedited through incineration, people often want a physical remembrance. ...

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, ...