Social Skills: Essential in Old Age?

Let me tell you about an old lady I knew, Holly. She lived in a small rather tired house in the country with a semi disabled son, couldn’t drive or walk very far, the perfect candidate for a lonely old age you might have thought. She was a lively lady, but neither she nor her son…

Weirdly Happy Gatherings at 80!

At 80+ life becomes rather charmingly weird.  Let me try to explain. A largish party gathered at our house last month. Forty or so people, average age around 78, greeting, meeting, chatting and drinking and generating a wonderful sense of warmth and laughter So what was this occasion?  No. It wasn’t a funeral, but at 80+ it…

80+ Time for Happy Funerals?

  (This was written as a guest blog for the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy) Strange time of life your eighties! We are in the middle of a whole series of 80th Birthday parties this year. Great fun. Let’s talk about that other regular social gathering when you are 80+: Funerals. At 80 you are expecting to…