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Apprehensions of Alcohol in Old Age

  I have become used to the paradox that  Medics, met one at a time, all seem to  drink enthusiastically, that reported alcohol abuse by medics steadily increases but, at dinners given by Medical Faculties of Universities, I must expect … Continue reading

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Age when the Wit is Out

Death has become an acceptable and even a fashionable topic.  Conversations about death are becoming speculations about the amenities of bland final visits to Holland or Switzerland. Very soon, as entrepreneurs recognize and grasp the rich opportunities, such cosy suburban deaths … Continue reading

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Living (nearly) forever

Even for Aging Studies August is the Silly Season.  What people really want to be told about old age is how to avoid it entirely or, paradoxically, how to prolong it indefinitely by putting off dying as long as possible. … Continue reading

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New possibilities for Old Academics

The long hours between Lunch and Gin are enlivened by a new excitement. When I was young I timidly offered articles and book proposals to supercilious journal editors and publishers who, mostly, rejected them. Now that I am old and … Continue reading

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Driving risks and old age.

  Sheila Hancock, an actress who has given pleasure to thousands for decades, is a veteran motorist who has driven for 60 years, has had no driving accidents for which she was to blame and so has made no insurance … Continue reading

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Multiple Intelligences in Old Age:Where did the Spin Begin?

My last 60 years in cognitive gerontology have been very happy and interesting but this long perspective has drawbacks. New researchers recycle confused old ideas and new journalists enthusiastically spin their muddles. A well-conducted and analysed study by Hartshorne &  Germine [1] … Continue reading

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Age, Committees and the Power-point Revolution

During fifty years of paid employment I became blasé about Committee Meetings but in retirement I forgot many things I had  learned in cheerless rooms: guessing which curly-edged sandwiches have least-worst fillings;  the ritual self-positioning of Committee-members in their, obscurely, … Continue reading

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