Creative ageing: happiness and health

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Dec 052017
 
Creative ageing: happiness and health

Did you know that 65-79 is the happiest age range in the UK, and 45-59 is the least happy, and most anxious (2016 report from the Office of National Statistics). I’ve been exploring and researching creative ageing since my own unhappy fifties: it’s the subject of my book Out of the Woods, and my planned […]

Age is just a number: Charles Eugster

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Dec 012017
 
Age is just a number: Charles Eugster

Re-inventing your health in later life Charles Eugster is a pioneer in health regimes for people over 65, and well beyond. He has won medals for rowing and sprinting in his eighties and nineties! However, his book offers a lot of help for oldies less fanatically fit then he is. Charles is a Fellow of […]

Digging for Maturity: Cultivating Yourself in Riper Years

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Nov 242017
 
Digging for Maturity: Cultivating Yourself in Riper Years

My fourth planned book explores how gardening analogies can help people’s wellbeing, and I’ve started to ponder what insights they offer for creative ageing. This was groundwork for a weekend I co-lead at Hazel Hill Wood, in June, called Fruits of Maturity. In a garden, it’s clear that you can’t simply leave nature to do […]

PARIS – MILAN: the slow-fast train

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Jan 092017
 
PARIS - MILAN: the slow-fast train

I go to Italy by train every couple of years, as one of my best friends lives in Liguria. It’s a great train destination, as there are so many options, most of them scenic. The fastest way by train is with the Paris – Venice Sleeper: this tips you out at Milan about 5am, which […]

Elderwoman: book by Marian van Eyk McCain

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Jan 012017
 
Elderwoman: book by Marian van Eyk McCain

Is elderhood different for men and women? Yes and no! The question of gender differences in elderhood has been a big one for me as I approach leading a mixed workshop on this theme for the first time, at Findhorn February 23 – March 1. I’ve discussed the gender question with women and men elders […]

Face-offs with cows, and flying chickens. Lessons in community from Ethiopian roads

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Jan 012017
 
Face-offs with cows, and flying chickens. Lessons in community from Ethiopian roads

It happens so often, you suspect the animals must enjoy it: why else do they spread the full width of the tarmac, instead of using the broad gravel verges?  The cows are the worst: they glower balefully as if they might charge, and only turn aside from our approaching vehicle at the very last minute.  […]

Why African Fact is Happier Than Fiction

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Jan 012017
 
Why African Fact is Happier Than Fiction

Recently I’ve been reading The Granta Book of the African Short Story.  When I travel, I like to read something connected with my destination, so this book went with me on a recent trip to Kenya to see the work of Farm Africa: a UK Charity who enable peasant farms in East Africa to adapt […]

Song for Marion: this film has powerful lessons for older men

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Jan 012017
 
Song for Marion: this film has powerful lessons for older men

This is an intense, moving, ultimately hopeful film, and it’s a superb example of the bogs of anger and self-isolation that many older men get stuck in. The film’s focus is an elderly couple, played to perfection by Vanessa Redgrave and Terence Stamp.  One of the delights of this movie for us oldies is to […]

Life Threatening Crises for Friends

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Jan 012017
 
Life Threatening Crises for Friends

In the past few months, the wives of two close friends have had late diagnoses of advanced cancer which could be fatal.  The husband of another friend has had a stroke.  At the Summer School I go to each year, two couples from last year are now singles, having lost their spouse to cancer. These […]

Life lessons from the movies: Hope Springs

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Jan 012017
 
Life lessons from the movies: Hope Springs

Is changing a relationship like changing a lightbulb? You may recall the old joke about how many therapists it takes to change a lightbulb.  The answer is one: but the lightbulb really has to want to change.  It may take one therapist or less to change a sterile long-term relationship, but both partners have to […]