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  1. What is your passionate attachment from your teens?

    Article by Jan King Everyone has a passionate attachment to the era in which they were teenagers. My passionate attachment is to the period from 1965 – 1967 when the Beatles first burst on the scene, followed by the Rolling Stones. I still know all the words to their hits, and my favourite songs remind me of the boyfriends I was going out with, the parties I went to, and of once snogging behind a sofa to the strains of ‘It’s a Hard Day’s Night’. Happy days! My parents had their own passionate attachment to the stars of the ’40’s — Bob Hope, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers — and I still remember their shock when they heard Bob Hope had died. It was the end of an era for them. The VW camper van’s...
  2. Is the right family member the caregiver? Geography and gender are deciding factors.

    Article by Jan King Nearest but not Necessarily Dearest A study of older mothers in the Boston Massachusetts area, recently published in The Gerontologist, shows that traditional expectations of who will care for elderly mothers haven’t changed much since the early years of the last century. Then, as now, daughters are expected to step into the breach when things go wrong. In my own family, my mother’s aunt, the youngest daughter, stayed at home to care for her ageing parents and never married. She became, by all accounts, a bitter old woman, and no wonder. But there’s a subtle yet important difference between then and now. Elderly mothers know perfectly well who they would prefer to care for them, but they don’t always get their way. These days, thanks to distance and the fact...
  3. Just Don’t Label Us. Not even as Baby Boomers

    Article by Jan King If there’s one thing Baby Boomers can’t stand, it’s being labelled. Not even as Baby Boomers, even though that’s what we are. Obviously. What are we usually called? Here goes: Elders. Not too bad, as it brings to mind wise villagers sitting under a banyan tree. But not too good, either, because if you take away the ‘s’ on the end, you can easily add ‘ly’. And that’s for much, much, later. Seniors. Awful. You just know the ‘s’ on the end belongs, sibillantly, at the beginning of the word ‘citizens’. Senior Citizens. Even more awful. Clearly meant to be respectful but is anything but. ‘Senior’ is a euphemism for ‘old’, while ‘Citizens’ is a word applied only to old people by young people trying to...
  4. Who’s Your Retirement Heroine?

    Article by Jan King I guess we all have heroines whom we look up to. When I was a kid, my heroine was Annie (as in li’l Orphan) because of her bravery, wisdom and determination in the face of ruthless enemies. Now I’m in my sixties, I believe that the qualities I admired in li’l Orphan Annie are ones you need as you retire and age. Bravery, wisdom and determination should be our allies in facing down the ruthless enemies of ageing and ageism. L’il Orphan Annie is still a little auburn haired schoolgirl, of course (well, she is to me) so I’ve nominated a new heroine — one who embodies Annie’s qualities but who is just that bit older — about 80 or so years older, in fact. My new heroine is the fashion...
  5. Is Retirement Bad for You?

    Article by Jan King What with the Filkin Report ‘Ready for Ageing? published in March, and today’s publication by the Institute of Economic Affairs’ (IEA) new study ‘Work Longer, Live Healthier’, retirement is a hot topic. The two reports dovetail nicely with one another. Filkin found that the fixed retirement age was no longer fit for purpose, and that our understanding of what ‘old’ really means is way out of date. He and his Committee urged governments and companies to do more to encourage flexible working for older workers. Retirement can damage your health The IEA’s report takes Filkin a step further by proving that retirement can damage your health. After the initial euphoria following retirement and that wonderful feeling of being...
  6. When ‘Old’ isn’t the Same old Old

    Article by Jan King We know from bitter experience that women over the age of fifty tend to become invisible. We still don’t feature much in ads, and the fashion world largely ignores us. But now a government-commissioned report shows that, at least until the year 2030, we won’t be invisible any longer. The Filkin Report ‘Are You Ready for Ageing?’, published earlier this year, shows that between 2010 and 2030, the number of people aged sixty-five and over will increase by 51% and, even more extraordinarily, the number of people aged 85 and over will increase by a staggering 101%. So for the next twenty years or so, older people will vastly outnumber younger people. We’ll be visible everywhere you look. Of course, the visibility bestowed by sheer force of numbers...
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