April 30, 2009

Ageing... disgracefully

I always thought yoga had a lot going for it.... and after seeing this supple yoga teacher at 83, I am sure of it. Wondering about grabbing a mat and joining it... but not the Bikram sort - not into workouts in hot sweaty rooms!

You can read more about this Supple Supergran here

In the same breath, the news tonight, after the swine flu reports, mentioned the plight of this rest home resident.

THE daughter of a war hero attacked by mice as he lay bed-ridden in a nursing home has spoken out about the incident that could have killed her father.

The woman, who did not want to be named, said staff at the Karingal Residential Aged Care Facility in the Queensland town of Dalby called her the day after Anzac Day to tell her that mice had gnawed at her 89-year-old father the night before.

and from here

"I'm told by his daughter that the poor old fellow [had] been trying to brush the mice away as they continued chewing his ears, head and neck," Mr Hopper said.
"He was so stressed that doctors put him on morphine to calm him down. He nearly died on Saturday night. He was being eaten alive."
Certainly there are two ways to age -  and although I might not make the first one, we all want to avoid the second!!

I intend to age as disgracefully as I can. I have been working on it for the last decade... and I am sure that close friends might agree I have given it a fair nudge. I have discovered that women over 50 can join the Red Hat Society... - or here. Their philosophy is based on the following poem....

By Jenny Joseph

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn't go and doesn't suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I'm tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick the flowers in other people's gardens...

But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.

That's my excuse...

Enjoy yourselves - we need some respite from all the swine flu news :)


  1. first... are you sure she's 83?! if yoga can give me such vitality, then i'll enroll in one myself.

    second... jesus, where were the attending carers???!! how were rats able to climbed unto his bed and gnaw at him for god knows how long w/o anyone noticing it? the poor man could die of rat infectious disease! moreover, rat would infest only filthy surroundings, so don't tell me...ugh!!!

    third... i didn't know there is a red hat society. where can i enlist?

    fourth... these people aim to sow fear and panic among the populace they won't stop bombarding our airwaves with more swine flu updates till we get infected just hearing the word, duh!

  2. OH WOW l am defo going to be a red hatter, well as l don't wear hats maybe they can accept red pained feet? I am always barefoot so should look good, bright red not brown and dirty.

    The mice situation is appalling they need a couple of good mice cats in there to deal with things. Except if there is poison going down they can not do that now.
    A vet nurse friend of mine swears by mars bar chunks (for those from outside UK that do not know it an very sweet chocolate and glucose bar) in her mouse traps. It does seem to be effective, just what a waste of a good mars bar :-(
    When ever l reset the traps in the past for her l always ensured l couldn't find any mars left, having pinged off or gone hard. I would have to go and buy a big bar. Half for the traps half for me.

  3. I have been refusing to age gracefully for many years now. Unless something changes radically, I shall continue on that path.

  4. Cor! she's a bit supple. Second story is really sad and a sad observation on todays society. I hope we see a photo of you in your red hat soon.


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