One simple piece of advice here from Meryl: learn new things, try different activities—for the very good reason that otherwise your world will shrink until it’s just you thinking about yourself. Whoah! That’s close to the bone, Meryl, and we all need to hear it. Thank you.
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. Take an interest in as many things as you can. Widen your range of interests. This will stop you becoming self-involved, which ages a person.
Q. Why did you choose to share that particular tip?
A. Because I enjoy learning about new things, trying out different activities and I see too many older people who have become inward-looking and it doesn’t make them happy.
Q. Did you follow any advice that you were given about achieving a happy, healthy old age?
A. No. I wasn’t really given any.
Q. How old are you?