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Thursday, 10 January 2019 19:15

Old age is nothing to be ashamed of

Dr Hilary Hodge says everybody ages differently and Margaret Beetham says old age should be something to be proud of

Portraying getting older in a positive light and raising expectations as to what people can achieve has to be welcomed (12 steps to a happy later life, G2, 3 January). However, giving examples of people who have done amazing things needs to be balanced by the possibility that for many people, who have led hectic lives, that to learn to relax and not have to achieve anything, if you don’t want to, is equally valid.

For women who have had to balance child-rearing, careers and generally putting the needs of others before their own, one of the most important lessons is that it is OK to do what you want and not feel guilty. If you fancy sitting down and reading a book for a few hours, that’s fine. It is also important to accept that the ageing process affects individuals in different ways and what one person can do others cannot and that does not reflect negatively on those who can do less.
Dr Hilary Hodge (aged 73)
Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire

I sat down to read G2 and nearly choked on my cuppa. The first step to a happy later life is apparently not to acknowledge that you are old. This is simply to reinforce ageism, like telling gay people they will be happier if they don’t acknowledge they are gay. I am glad to be old, thanks to luck, the NHS and welfare state, my family and friends and my genes. Let’s reclaim old age as something to be proud of and grateful for, not be ashamed of. We will all be old one day, if we are fortunate, as I have been. I am old. Get over it!
Margaret Beetham

source: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/jan/06/old-age-is-nothing-to-be-ashamed-of

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27 May 2019