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Thank you AofA Members – Round Up 2021

Reading Time: 7 minutes ‘AofA is my favourite place on the internet these days’ Marianne Power, author Help Me – how self-help has not changed my life Back in December 2015 when the idea was mooted for Advantages of Age in Suzanne Noble’s legendary garden hot tub, we had no idea what it would become. We just felt strongly […]

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Thank You from Suzanne to all the Members of AofA

Reading Time: 5 minutes I live by the principle that you don’t know until you try with very little consideration to the consequences. This attitude has in the past gotten me into sticky situations, primarily where men were concerned. Advantages of Age was no different, although with far better and more exciting results! I was sitting with new friends […]

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Falstaff vs Smokey Robinson: turning sixty during lockdown

Reading Time: 8 minutes Nick Coleman is newly 60, and an author who used to be a music critic at Time Out and the Independent.  I turned sixty in April, at a relatively early stage of the coronavirus lockdown. The day dawned for me, as it does nearly every morning, with the sound of a north-east-London blackbird giving it […]

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Book Review: Dear Life – A Doctor’s Story of Love & Loss

Reading Time: 4 minutes Reviewed by Asanga Judge Dr Rachel Clarke is a specialist in palliative medicine. She has often been in the media during the Covid-19 crisis talking clearly about what is needed in terms of provision of PPE, perspectives and compassion. Asanga Judge is a former GP. I am not easily moved to tears, so the fact […]

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Book Review: Bolder- making the most of our longer lives | Carl Honoré

Reading Time: 2 minutes Carl Honoré is approaching his 50th birthday with trepidation. He’s worried about what happens on the other side and this sets the background for Bolder. This context is worth remembering as you read Bolder. Honoré’s exploration of ageing is a self-confessed part of his own education and need for ‘reassurance’.  Compared to many members and followers of AOA, who’ve been […]

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Is it appropriate to write your own son’s dating profile?

Reading Time: 5 minutes Michele Kirsch, learns the hard way, that it is not. The son has done a mutual and amicable break up with his girlfriend of six years. He is only 21 so she was the main one, probably the only one. When I ask why they split up – I refrained from hysterically crying, saying how […]

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I Am 60 and Visible – fuck the Invisibility Myth

Reading Time: 4 minutes I invite you to sit back comfortably with a libation of choice, for I would like to tell you a little story about an obsession of mine – The Invisibility Myth. And how I have made myself visible. I have attained the ripe age of sixty years, marking it with a symbolic tattoo of phoenix […]

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Fuck The Ageing Black Hole, I’ll Take The Freedom

Reading Time: 4 minutes I wasn’t going to write about this at all. I was going to write about being A Recovering Drama Queen. Finally. However, very much still in the process of ‘recovery’. It’s an age and awareness thang. However before I could get to the computer keys, I read about endurance swimmer, Diana Nyad’s memoir – Find […]

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Whoops, I didn’t forget to have children

Reading Time: 5 minutes I’m rarely asked why I chose not to have children. I’ll admit the idea of missing out on mum politics and a school run did disturb me but it passed. People I know have never felt the necessity to discuss the topic with me, probably because I didn’t. I recall reading a strident Polly Vernon, […]