First appeared in the Older Feminist Newsletter No 210 October-November 2014
1. Old age lasts a long time – I’ve been drawing the old age pension for 25 years!
2. It is a dynamic process, with physical fitness and abilities constantly changing and imposing the need to learn different behaviours. For instance, after slipping off a kerb and fracturing my pelvis while talking as I walked, I learned to watch my feet all the time. Similarly, after misjudging traffic speed while crossing the road after dark, I learned I could no longer run without falling over (and thoroughly frightening a poor driver!)
3. There is also a reduction of cognitive abilities. I can no longer count on completing crosswords.
4. There is no point mourning all this. I think of it as a survival tax.
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