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Don't Call People "Old" Until They Are Near Death.....

Article by: Sarah Harper said there was a danger of neglecting what true old age should be.


Don't call people 'old' until death is near, says gerontologist

Sarah Harper, director of Oxford Institute of Ageing, suggests people in their 70s and 80s should

People should not be called old until they are seriously frail, dependent and approaching death, one of the UK’s leading social scientists has told Hay festival.

Sarah Harper, a gerontologist who is director of the Oxford Institute of Ageing, proposed a different approach to the language we use about ageing, suggesting that people in their 60s and possibly 70s and 80s should still be considered active adults.

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“We should not even be calling people old until they reach what [the historian Peter] Laslett calls the fourth age; that time where we will become frail and enfeebled,” Harper said. “Old age should be the fourth age. Everything else should be active adulthood.”

She said there was a danger of neglecting what true old age should be: a time of withdrawal and peace and reflection. It can be a difficult time but “it is a time we need to claim as a special time because we are finite beings … we will die”.

The question of what is old age – when are we truly old – arises because death is increasingly being pushed back. “We are talking about extending lives in a way we have never experienced before,” said Harper, who is also the new director of the Royal Institution.

ITs suggest that general life expectancy is rising by two and a half years per decade. In the 18th century, there were about 10 centenarians in the whole of Europe. Now there are 14,500 just in the UK. Predictions are that by the end of the 21st century there will be 1.5 million centenarians in the UK. Another prediction is that half of the babies being born now in the UK will live until they are 104. In Japan it is 107. “We are ageing dramatically and we are ageing without radical science,” said Harper.

What to expect from an assisted living community. It's changed.

If you’re having more and more difficulty with everyday activities such as showering, dressing, getting around the house, and running errands, an assisted living facility may be the answer. You can get the daily support you need, while remaining as independent as possible. Making the decision to leave your home can be difficult, but by taking time to find the right fit and being honest about your needs and concerns, you can you can make the choice that’s right for you and ensure your senior years are happy and fulfilling.

What is assisted living?

Assisted living is a residential option for

seniors who want or need help with some of the activities of daily living—things like cooking meals, getting to the bathroom in the middle of the night, keeping house, and traveling to appointments.

What’s in a name?

Other common names for assisted living include:

Residential careBoard and careCongregate careAdult care homeAdult group homeAlternative care facilitySheltered housing

An assisted living facility may be a good choice if you...

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There advantages to moving!

Moving is one of the top 5 dreaded items people do not like to consider. But there are advantages to moving every 5 to 10 years.


1. You should be going through night stands, end and coffee tables and your desk discarding items you thought you needed. If not

    you will be hauling that “stuff” to the next place. Trash it now if you haven’t used items or simply don’t need 5 staplers.

2. As your filling those wardrobe boxes of clothes…. Are they too small or too big. If so you need to donate those items.

   Do you still have tags on new garments never worn? Those impulse excursions can be expensive purchases.

   Put those items in a 30 gallon trash bag and after filling the bag up take it directly to your car so you can drop it off at your charity on the way

   to work or work out.

3. Basements can be a good thing or a bad thing. Most people have over abundance of holiday decorations in their basement. Most people have so

     Many decorations they could open their own Hallmark store. Donate items haven’t used this past December and don’t buy anymore. Or do you have Aunt            Mary’s  china or antique bedroom set and thinking the kids may want it and they don’t . Bring those items upstairs in the garage and arrange for Amvets or Salvation  Army to pick up.

4. The garage another catch all place. Many planter boxes and terracotta pots when you use to have a garden? Bags of potting soil, all

    Sorts of chemicals you can’t pronounce their names, and out dated rusted paint cans? Take all chemicals to your county hazardous waste site.


Moving has its costs. If moving out of state you want to reduce items you no longer need, want or use because you pay for

Weight and distance. The lighter your cargo weight and items you don’t need is to your advantage financially and clutter free next home.


I saw this on the Today show where people in their 50’s and 60’s are travelling in their RV’s or could be “Tiny House” and called

“Workamping”. Check out this feature on downsizing and decluttering wave: click on the link below…. .


Rita Woll

January 25.2017

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