What do you call very old people?

“Real Seniors” was the choice in a recent BBC poll of over-85s. Although as the other options were “Long Lived”, “Wisdom Warriors”, “The Very Oldies” and “The Venerables”,  it wasn’t much of a choice.

The argument is that we have to distinguish the very old from the merely old because they have different social and health needs. But does categorising people by age really tell us anything? Read More →

“All I know is it changes me, just seeing that there can be changes in later life, that the possibility of change, of creating and re-creating your life is never ending. It has nothing to do with age.”

Betty Friedan’s The Fountain of Age is an important, wise, inspiring book, first published in 1993. It’s wide-ranging, well-researched and packed with stories and data. It is also 654 pages long.

I’ve read it so you don’t have to!

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