The Olympic Games open tonight after a deluge of media coverage drowning any other information. At my tube station an announcement on a loop advises me that I should seek another way of travelling to the centre of London.
I remember 7 years ago before London won the bid how unconcerned I was with the games because 7 years seem such a long time ahead and I felt unsure of projecting myself in the future. I noticed before, this change in the perception of the future at the occasion of the New Year. I wonder if other old people experience this change of outlook on the future.
Ageing is in fashion. Mainly the funding of social care, but while waiting for the governmental report, the BBC is screening a series of documentaries ” when I get older”.
I would have loved to discuss the episode about Care Homes with contemporaries. Alas none of my friends had seen it and some even actively avoided doing so.
I thought that Simpson’s experience of living in a home for people suffering from dementia was particularly touching and instructive. To a certain degree it reflected my own experience of visiting an aunt with Alzheimer’s for her 100th Birthday party. The fear of dementia is understandable but I think it is also politically paralysing. Witnessing Simpson’s change of perspective was comforting to me.