Insights from the TV Guide

Insights from the TV Guide
I recently gained some new insights into aging from a rather unexpected source: the TV Guide. I’m talking about the magazine. I wasn’t clicking or scrolling through an online version or navigating the one on my TV screen. I was paging through the printed guide published monthly for subscribers of DSTV, featuring schedules of all ...

Are you a Superager?

Are you a Superager?
As a known sucker for the introductory phrase, “Studies show…” I have been studying yet another new study. It’s about a very small group of old people who the gerontological world has dubbed Superagers. This elite crowd are not just “good for their age” in the memory department. Their brains are measurably as sharp as ...

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. ...

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 ...

Studies show… Duh! 4

Studies show... Duh!
I love it when something I’m already doing turns out to be good for me. Especially now that I’m endlessly checking out advice on how to avoid all that bad stuff that comes with aging. My eyes are riveted by headlines such as “Chocolate protects against memory loss”. I never fail to click on links ...

What to do (more and less of) in 2015 2

What to do (more and less of) in 2015
I figured out a few things in 2014 about how to improve life as I get older, which I aim to implement this year. So here are some suggested New Year’s Resolutions for older people: a list of what to do (more and less of) in 2015. Talk more, text less We don’t talk as much as we ...

Sitting is the new smoking? Stand up and live longer 6

Sitting is the new smoking? Stand up and live longer
What’s the secret of a long life? You can’t open a newspaper or web page these days without finding some new anti-aging strategy. What to eat, how to exercise, when to sleep – scientists seem to be continually investigating what makes us live longer. There are so many studies there’s hardly time to read them ...