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Say no: tiny tip for a happy, healthy old age

The cat that said no

Alison41 gives a new twist to the familiar advice to remain active and interested into old age: “If you don’t want to do something, then don’t!” The right to say no is one of the great pleasures claimed by us older people.

Q. Imagine a younger person telling you they want to achieve a happy, healthy old age. Give your very best tip, in 30 words or fewer.
A. Remain active, remain interested in everything and if you don’t want to do something: then don’t!

Q. Why did you choose to share that particular tip?
A. Its pretty much how I live my life; it works for me.

Q. Did you follow any advice that you were given about achieving a happy, healthy old age?
A. No. Never received any tips. Perfectly open to tips. I suppose I’ve read some magazine articles over the years, all the usual stuff — exercise, good diet, enough sleep, social connexions.

Q. How old are you?
A. 75–84