Anti-aging Column

Published on April 6th, 2016 | by Ann Rickard

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Shock, Horror!

Does it make you cross, even angry, when someone expresses shock that an older person can do something fairly ordinary … something the young ones do every day?

Here’s what got me riled.

“He does his own house cleaning and he must be all of 75.”

A radio announcer talking about a woman aged 84 who regularly watches YouTube videos.

“She is on to YouTube at age 84, isn’t that amazing, don’t you love that?” the announcer gushed from my radio alarm in the early morning hours, bringing me fully awake to an irritated mindset.

The announcer was genuinely astounded that someone over the age of 80 actually knew how to go on to a computer, get on line, click on YouTube and be entertained by somebody doing something stupid.

Why should an 84-year-old watching YouTube be so astonishing to a radio announcer?

Although, when you think about it, most of us have shown surprise at an older person daring to behave outrageously youthful.

“She still goes out for a halfhour walk every morning, and she’s in her 80s.”

“He does his own house cleaning and he must be all of 75.”

“She can still go out shopping on her own every week and she’s in her late 80s.”

Come on, admit it, you’ve made such patronising statements yourself (without actually being patronising, you’d never be that.)

I guess it is a global common foible to think once a person reaches an age, say 70 and beyond, they are no longer fully capable of anything that is commonplace.

Why should any of us be bowled over with admiration just because someone in their late 70s can still mop a floor, send a text, bake a cake, use Facebook, drive a car, use Instagram and send an email?

Of course we should all be rightly impressed when the 95-year-old celebrates her birthday by scaling Mt. Kilimanjaro so she can hangglide off the crest (that’ll be me by the way) but should we be astounded that an elderly person can easily enjoy the pleasures today’s technologies bring her?

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About the Author

is a Noosa (Australia) local and author of six successful books, all humorous travel narratives. In 2005 Ann won the prestigious ASTW’s Australian Travel Writer of the Year and in 2007 she won the ASTW Travel Book of the Year. Ann takes a culinary tour to the South of France in June every year . Ann writes travel, dining and columns for the Sunshine Coast Daily and is the Life editor of the Noosa News. Ann also maintains a well read and popular blog site. Ann’s travels have seen her explore cuisines all over the world.



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