Grey Power


One of my self-inflicted missions is to let younger people know what it is like to grow older. I’m keen to provide following generations some kind of blueprint, a positive role model, on what it’s like to live life at 50, 60, 70 and 80. One of the awesome facts about the younger generations is that they are highly likely to live till a hundred – which will be sensible only as long as they remain healthy. Health involves both body and mind and it is on these dual aspects that I have focussed my book Get Fit, Feel Fantastic, co-authored with Dr Mike Perring.

One problem that seems to settle over older people like a kind of fog is that of depression. Because it’s seen as normal to get older, the depression has so far been regarded as an integral part of ageing. Well, blow that for a game of soldiers. Depression is depression in my book and the sooner you jostle yourself out of it the better, in order to start enjoying life to the full again. In today’s medically oriented world there are first class drug therapies. Combine some of the new non-addictive anti-depressants with personal counselling and you’ll go on to begin a new career, move to a new part of the country (or world), create new friends, and best of all, remain confident in yourself.

The age of 50 is a gateway. It’s certainly a time for moving on and some of that change is disagreeable. But overall it’s a time of freedom and creativity. The secret is to believe that you can do what you really want to do. At the heart of your mid-life transformation, focus on the mantra of “I am Free to Enjoy Life”. And go for it!

At the age of 60 I felt full of energy, continuing to write, start a rental company and become involved in the British Film Society movement.  Now over 70, I’m still passionate about film, run a holiday letting business and enjoy being a beach bum down in St Ives, Cornwall during the summer months.  Writing has become a lesser activity but this is indeed the kind of mid-life transformation written about above. At 70 one’s state of health becomes a concern so I plead with anyone younger who may be reading this to look after your health promptly – don’t leave it till later!  I’d like to think that at 80 I will still be well enough to continue enjoying life as much as I do at present.