I’m Brian – not Bridget! – Jones and this is my diary. It’s about what really matters in life – staying healthy, keeping your finances on track, setting goals and making the most of time. It’s about seeing the world, engaging with modern society, enjoying leisure and being with family and friends.
Went for a COVID-19 antibody test today and experienced the otherworldlininess of a health service you have to pay for. A friend of mine told me that Bupa were offering the tests for £65 and you can get the result in a couple of days. Like a lot of people I wouldn’t be at allContinue reading “Have taken a Bupa COVID Antibody test”
Thankfully yesterday’s mysterious email from the gym was nothing to do with Covid. The abrupt closure was due to an electrical fire in the ladies changing room. The good news is it’s open today though predictably it’s the men who will be inconvenienced. We’ve got to come kitted up and shower at home while theContinue reading “Complaining to HSBC”
A somewhat mysterious email hit my inbox at 6.07 this morning: Morning All, Unfortunately due to circumstances out of our control the gym will not be open today. We anticipate reopening tomorrow morning and will be in touch further if that is not the case. Please help us by letting other members know if youContinue reading “Am eating out to help out”
… or has the world gone crazy. I’m reading a book ‘The Madness of Crowds’ by Douglas Murray. It was sent to me by a friend, also 60, after we’d talked about how I was feeling increasingly alienated by the modern world. Our discussion started with me telling the story of my Zero Tolerance writtenContinue reading “Is it me?”
I used to see the passing of each month as a time for reset and reflection. At the beginning of 2020 I worked out that each of these four-week blocks represent a third of a percent of my likely lifespan assuming I live the average 24 years of someone aged 60. I neglected to resetContinue reading “August already”
I’ve found writing about sex difficult. It’s one of the few subjects where I feel distinctly uncomfortable talking about myself so today, I’m pleased to say, is the last in my five-part series on sex in your sixties. Researching the topic these last few days has also made me realise that at 60 I amContinue reading “SEXagenarian part 4”
Here’s the second part of the article from helpguide.org. I’ve reproduced some the most useful sections below. Focus on intimacy and physical touch A good sex life – at any age – involves a lot more than just sex. It’s also about intimacy and touch, things anyone can benefit from. Even if you have healthContinue reading “SEXagenerian part 3”
After yesterday’s depressing trawl through advice on sex in your sixties I was determined to find something a little more positive. I succeeded! I found a thoughtful, sensitive article on helpguide.org from which I’ve reproduced some of the most useful sections below: Sex can be a powerful emotional experience and a great tool for protectingContinue reading “SEXagenarian part 2”
Well my research into the subject of sex in your sixties has not got off to a good start. This is the first thing – my apologies for the very direct language – I stumbled upon which made me feel just a little depressed! Sexagenarian is bit of a misleading word…this is more apt aContinue reading “SEXagenarian part 1”
Slowly but surely I’m starting to feel better in myself. Despite all the talk of second waves and the inevitable disruption this will bring I’m feeling less anxious and I’m sleeping better. I put this down mainly to the resumption of parts of my normal life – going to the gym, weekends away, eating out,Continue reading “Wood morning sexagenarians!”
Some Useful Links
The Centre for Ageing Better – A UK-based Lottery-funded project which works to create change in policy and practice to improve housing, health, employment and communities.
The Oxford Institute of Population Ageing – Useful research and an interesting blog
Later Life – A range of courses helping people prepare for retirement
British Heart Foundation – 20 retirement transition tips from Britain’s leading heart charity
Age UK – an interesting article about preparing emotionally for retirement
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