Dylan’s new album: we’re his target 1

Dylan’s new album: we’re his target
Bob Dylan is marketing his new studio album, the 36th of his long and winding career, to the biggest retirees organisation in the US. His first interview in three years, the only one for his new album of Frank Sinatra covers, was not in Rolling Stone. Dylan gave the exclusive to the monthly magazine of America’s ...

Paper vs Digital Calendars 2

Paper vs Digital Calendars
January used to be my time to buy calendars. Just one wall calendar wasn’t enough. I needed one to contemplate while brushing my teeth and another to check while in the kitchen. In addition to buying a calendar, I would try to score a free one from a local shop or company. My criteria: nice ...

10 Tips for a Mall-Free Holiday 2

10 Tips for a Mall-Free Holiday
  ‘Tis the season…? To steer clear of shopping malls. ‘Tis the season of giving… stuff away. It’s nice to give gifts, but not so nice to shop for them in crowded malls. What’s more, I’m finding it ever more challenging to figure out what to give to family and friends who, like so many ...

Not too old for Smartphone Neck 2

Not too old for Smartphone Neck
I may not get Text Neck, that affliction mainly of slouching youthful thumb typists, but I am not too old to get Smartphone Neck. It can happen even when I do that thing young people have given up doing: talking on the phone. Unlike Text Neck, Smartphone Neck is not something brand new that has emerged in the digital age. It’s ...

Stop lying about your age and live longer

Stop lying about your age and live longer
Have you ever heard of a Play-White? It was a term for a light-eckinned black person who “passed for white” during South Africa’s apartheid era. My New Old Self has coined a term: Play-Young. Meaning old people who “pass for young”. I’m not talking Mutton Dressed As Lamb. I mean people who look and act younger than their ...

Allergy making you sneeze more? Blame climate change

Allergy making you sneeze more? Blame climate change
You may be hearing “Bless you!” and “Gesundheit” more as you get older. And it may not be only your allergy to flowers and grass that is to blame. Scientists say that climate change could make your allergy worse, if that’s why you’re sneezing. If you’ve already found that that an allergy has got worse with age, sorry to tell ...

Alzheimer’s – your worst fear or the real you?

Alzheimer's – your worst fear or the real you?
I’ve got some bad news and some good news. The bad news is in this recent headline… Comedians could have a field day with that story. Young ones, that is. Older people may laugh nervously, but inside they’re probably worrying that something like that recent incident in a UK care facility could happen to them ...

Happy #InternetDay! May our treasured net stay forever free!

Happy #InternetDay! May our treasured net stay forever free!
Happy Birthday, dear Net. Congratulations on reaching 45 years of age! It was on the 29th of October in 1969 that two computers in northern California made a connection. A computer at UCLA connected to one at Stanford University and began to send an electronic message. It didn’t go that well. The first two letters of the ...

7 Surprising Things You Didn’t Know about The Paralyzed Man Whose Nose Helped Him Walk Again

7 Surprising Things You Didn’t Know about The Paralyzed Man Whose Nose Helped Him Walk Again
My New Old Self has succumbed to the reported pulling power of the Enticing List format. Apparently grillions more of you will read this article if you are lured by this kind of headline. The key is to start with a number – of things which are surprising, shocking, outrageous… The 7 Surprising Things I’m ...

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 ...