"Manage finances for old age" was the fourth task in my boot camp for the bonus years. I was 75 and likely to live to 98: would my retirement savings last that long? I had no idea. I really, really didn’t want to listen to a financial adviser. Yet now, with a realistic budget and a sound financial plan, I know where I stand.
I wanted to be fit and strong in old age. So how was I doing with exercise? I’m Rachel McAlpine and I’m learning how to be old. Let me tell you how I audited my exercise habits and started to fix them. Strange to say, it wasn't difficult. Using BJ Fogg's approach I've done pretty well by joining a gym) and starting some tiny habits.
When I was 75, I audited my eating habits. Then I started a few tiny habits for better nutrition. I’m Rachel McAlpine and I’m tweaking my food now for my aging body and brain, investing in a happy old age in the future.
The first task in my boot camp for the bonus years was to audit and adapt my apartment for old age. I do own my apartment which makes me very privileged and grateful. I love my home and try to treat it well. But was it sufficiently safe, shareable, and shipshape for the very old person that I would one day be?
WIth the prospect of longevity, I wanted to do something to improve my chances of a happy, healthy old age. It was an enormous goal, so I broke it into 12 modules and tiny actions. I would be shaping my own old age.
When I turned 75, I discovered to my horror that I probably still had many years of life ahead. To age positively, I made many small changes and my feelings changed from terror to optimism. I hope my year of being old inspires you. Doing something feels so much better than leaving your fate to Fate.
Will your life be boring when you are old? Will there still be surprises in old age? I know there can be many delightful surprises in even the simplest of lives, and that this is likely to be true for you as well.
This episode of How To Be Old is about the language we use to talk about people who are not young. Why are people so hungry for another word for old? Seems there’s no word that everyone is comfortable with — but some words are slightly more acceptable. Should we call people old, older, elder, […]
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This episode of How To Be Old is about the language we use to talk about people who are not young. Why are people so hungry for another word for old? Seems there's no word that everyone is comfortable with — but some words are slightly more acceptable.
In this episode of How to Be Old I’ll tell you how I personally carry out my beauty care. Some could find this alarming. I don’t really recommend my slapdash routine as beauty tips for older women. But I do relish the freedom of old age and I have exactly two tricks that help to […]
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This episode of How to be Old is about the power of names and nicknames that we accumulate as we grow older. Do they influence us? Where do they come from? My own name has been Rachel McAlpine for decades now. But I’ve also been called Jigger, Robin, Fishface, Tosh and Pud. Each name or […]
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This episode of How To Be Old offers tongue-in-cheek fashion tips for older people. Your choice of style may change in unexpected ways as you get older. The conversation and the poem are about your choice of fashion in old age. Maybe you’ll wear Jenny Joseph purple with a red hat that doesn’t go, or maybe […]
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This episode of How To Be Old is about the messages we get from our parents, and how they influence us. You hear their voices in your head even after your parents are dead, even when you yourself are old. The poem (and there’s always a poem) tells you quite a lot about my own […]
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