It’s Hard Out Here for a Gogo! 3

It’s Hard Out Here for a Gogo!
My New Old Self decided to find out what it’s like to get old in the countryside. I visited the bucolic Ofafa Valley in South Africa’s province of KwaZulu Natal, described by author Alan Paton in his famous novel. “There is a lovely road that runs from Ixopo into the hills. These hills are grass-covered and rolling, ...

Device overload? LITO! 1

Device overload? LITO!
Here’s an opportunity to use my new acronym for those aging in the digital age: LITO, for Lucky I’m Too Old. There is growing evidence linking overuse of digital devices to memory loss and depression in later life. My response? LITO! Lucky I’m Too Old to worry about things that may happen decades hence. Lucky ...

Old lecture young – a fail even when sung 1

This intergenerational thing can be tricky – as evidenced by the negative reaction from French youth to a polemical new song aimed at fund-raising for charity food banks. “You had everything — peace, freedom, full employment, We have joblessness, violence and AIDS.” – young singers’ lyrics of Toute la Vie (All Life Long) ”Everything we have, we had ...

How to sound younger 7

How to sound younger
I ran into an old friend recently and was taken aback at how he had aged. Not because of how he looked, but how he sounded. It was his voice. It was kind of croaky. It’s bad enough to worry about looking old, I thought to myself. Now I’ll have to worry about sounding old. First ...

Way to Go: On the Go

Way to Go: On the Go
The recent passing of South African novelist Andre Brink was a “death in transit”, like historian Jeff Guy’s late last year. Brink’s passing at 79 occurred on a flight from Amsterdam to his hometown of Cape Town. Guy died at 74 on a bus to catch his flight from London to his hometown of Durban. ...

Meditate to make your brain age less?

Meditate to  make your brain age less?
If you meditate, keep it up. If you’ve been thinking of starting, you might give it a try. A new study shows that meditation may slow down brain aging. “While overall life expectancy has been increasing, the human brain still begins deteriorating after the first two decades of life and continues degrading further with increasing ...

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 ...

Call me a Luddite but I choose paper 1

Call me a Luddite but I choose paper
My New Old Self was so pleased to receive this response to the recent post on “Paper vs Digital Calendars” – and even more pleased that Fiona Adams was happy for her comments to be posted here. People in my life who are far more IT-savvy than me have often tried to persuade me switch ...

Top Tech Tips 4 Older People 1

Top Tech Tips 4 Older People
It sounds like a Haiku poem but this is the name of a new research institute on aging (or ageing, as they spell it outside of North America): “Aging Gracefully Across Environments Using Technology to Support Wellness, Engagement and Long Life”. It made me think of all the euphemisms one hears in reference to aging. For ...

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 ...