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I’m nearly 60. Here’s what I’ve learned about growing old

By Tim Dowling

08 Jun 2022 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

Each and everyone of us are simultaneously ageing - well, unless you are Benjamin Button that is. We are all doing it, so we might as well do it well. Read more, from The Guardian.

The parameters of middle age have been generously expanded over the years; for a long time I thought I might avoid old age altogether, because the minimum qualifying limit was sliding forward faster than I was. Middle age, by some definitions, now extends to 60, or even 65, which still gives me a bit of a reprieve.

But I know this to be a mere technicality; a loophole, and slim comfort. I’m 59, and that’s pretty old. So old it doesn’t feel like a privilege, even if it’s preferable to the alternative. What have I learned about what it’s really like to get old? Not a lot, but here it is. I thought I’d better write it down before I forget it.

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