Something magical happens when we get old. We automatically become wise.

I’d like to think that old age stereotype was true. Certainly by the time we reach our sixties, there’s a mass of knowledge and experience crammed into our brains. But does that make us wise? Read More →

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 →