Many months after the Conference of Age Concern and New Zealand Gerontology in September 2021, I stumbled across the video of my talk. Here it is! It’s still of interest to anyone who is starting to think about the fact that they will probably grow old, maybe very old. This talk is about my reaction to a not-so-surprising revelation that I was likely to live to 99. I buckled down and prepared for old age—my way. I talk about a way to get a sense of control over your future old age, and to avoid the twin traps of denial and despair. We know the potential problems, the aspects of old age that we fear: but how can we mitigate them?
This is strange talk. While I do tell how I prepared for my own old age, I don’t want to tell you what to do or help you do it. Plenty of experts are already out there, able to help and advise. The satisfaction lay in doing it my way. Preparing for old age with my own plan, my own tiny habits, my own spreadsheet. Taking control, that’s what relieves the fear.
The video sound’s not great for people with hearing problems, but it’s fully sub-titled. To show or hide subtitles, click the CC icon bottom right of the video:
Who needs these ideas on preparing to grow old?
If you think this talk could be useful for someone you know, please share the link, which you’ll find on YouTube. People caring for aging parents, people about to retire, aged care workers and nurses spring to mind. The talk includes a couple of poems, but don’t let that scare you.
I’m mighty interested in your feedback. What points stuck in your mind? What can you use in your own work or personal aging? What makes sense when you consider how your parents or grandparents have grown old? Is there any sense in preparing for old age, as opposed to just letting it happen — or pretending it isn’t happening? More to the point, what’s your own philosophy about your very own future as an aging person?
Little glitches like this are perfect because they give the audience a moment to reflect.Follow Write Into Life