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Ways to improve getting older

(44 Posts)
skydiver Mon 17-Oct-11 11:13:08

The Times this morning has a list of ways to improve getting older (behind their paywall, so I'm not leaving a link in principle). A lot of us aren't nearly there yet, but I wondered what gransnetters' would be?

We could also come up with some for improving middle age, of course. I agree with The Times about bigger print on menus. I'd quite like some internships for older people too, so I could think about different kinds of jobs.

Butternut Mon 17-Oct-11 12:01:15

.... ignoring it as much as possible.

Ariadne Mon 17-Oct-11 12:25:47

Butternut - grin

crimson Mon 17-Oct-11 18:34:45

..not having to work till you're 69....

crimson Mon 17-Oct-11 18:36:43

..having a paid 'gap decade' at fifty to do all the things you want to do before the knees and hip stop you doing it...

glammanana Mon 17-Oct-11 18:56:50

crimson put your name on the list for replacement joints when you are 55 and you will be near the top of the list come 60! then off you go for another 30 odd yrs,job done wink

JessM Tue 18-Oct-11 05:02:05

Take more exercise. Find a way to carry on doing some work, either paid or unpaid. I understand that retirement must seem attractive to those who have been grafting away 9-5 in the same job but not doing any useful or productive work seems to me a fast track to old age.
Get good glasses.
The notion of replacement teeth grown from stem cells is appealing - but I suspect they will be prohibitively expensive when the technology is established. sad

bagitha Tue 18-Oct-11 06:28:17

New teeth from stem cells sounds good, but in my optimistic moments I doubt they'll be too expensive... I bet the crowns and bridges and other stuff some of us have now would have seemed prohbitively expensive a generation or two ago and yet, when the time came, we afforded them.

Mamie Tue 18-Oct-11 07:52:52

Keep gardening - fresh air, exercise, new hopes / expectations every year, staying close to the natural life cycle.

susiecb Tue 18-Oct-11 08:33:28

Lots of sexsmile

nanny1 Tue 18-Oct-11 08:42:45

I second that susiecb smile

Butternut Tue 18-Oct-11 12:37:35

Mamie smile

GoldenGran Tue 18-Oct-11 12:44:29

susiecb I third it! smile

Granny23 Tue 18-Oct-11 12:47:20

Yeah Susiecb - best excercise and cheerer upper you can have and you don't even have to get out of bed (unless you are looking for a bit of variety).

janthea Tue 18-Oct-11 13:06:17

susiecb, nanny1, butternut, goldengran I wish! Chance would be a fine thing! sad

glammanana Tue 18-Oct-11 13:21:53

janthea where's there's will there's a way smile

jinglej Tue 18-Oct-11 14:41:03

Hello Jess! (shouted)

She's in Australia isn't she?!

Hello!!!! Waves....

jinglej Tue 18-Oct-11 14:42:52

What about those of us who haven't been grafting away 9-5? It's ok for us to carry on the same, isn't it? smile

jinglej Tue 18-Oct-11 14:43:12

That was to jess

NannaAnna Tue 18-Oct-11 23:29:41

Regular yoga to keep those joints and muscles supple. There's nothing like being creaky and doing the "ooh, ow" groan when you get up to make you feel and appear old sad And it is never too late to start!
Also drink lots of water every day to keep your skin blooming. Works for me smile

harrigran Wed 19-Oct-11 00:05:37

Or just get a toy boy grin

Jeany Wed 19-Oct-11 09:31:00

How much younger does he have to be to qualify? At least ten years?

bagitha Wed 19-Oct-11 09:42:36

wink Trust me to have read something which says the opposite about toy boys. I forget where it was (may even have been BBC), but apparently having a toy boy adds to the 'stress' of aging. Such a shame.

Elegran Wed 19-Oct-11 10:23:31

But you have fun while you stress out.

harrigran Wed 19-Oct-11 11:28:26

There was a lady in our street had a toy boy (about 28 years younger) oh I did envy her. He was always working on the house, he seemed to be able to turn his hand to anything envy