A little tabloid supplement entitled ‘Your Later Life’ appeared in my daily paper a few days ago.
It didn’t appeal to me, at first until I noticed they’d bagged the yourlaterlife.co.uk domain which struck me as being a good one to have. Later life as a term to describe people who are in well, later life, seems to be growing in popularity.
It’s interesting how these phrases change over the years. When I was growing up pensioners, the aged and the elderly were in regular usage. Then these fell out of favour and older people became the go-to phrase when describing those of us over 60.
For a while seniors became popular particularly in America, now it’s people in later life which is a bit of a mouthful but, at least, sounds respectful.
At first glance the 16 page supplement seemed like a depressing read with these headlines confronting me as I turned the pages:
- Conversations about death eases the pain
- Help make dementia research breakthroughs possible
- Now more than ever no one should have no one
These are undoubtedly worthy and important topics but I find it depressing that so much information targeted at people of my age and older is about death and illness.
It seems to me that as you get closer to these inevitabilities the less you want to think or indeed read about them. There were also a couple of articles about staying ‘connected’ which just seemed to work on the assumption that all of us later lifers are useless with technology.
In fairness the rest of the publication was a little more positive with useful articles about pensions and well-being. There was also a shocking article from the Hourglass charity stating that 2.7 million older people are abused in the UK each year. If that’s even half-way true – and not another example of a charity overstating the size of a problem in a bid to raise profile and funds – it really is shocking.
The newsletter proved just about interesting enough to encourage me to visit the website which turned out to be considerably more uplifting. It seems to have a fair amount of celebrity backing featuring interviews with personalities Alison Steadman, Helen Mirren and Len Goodman.
The site has useful sections about health, carers, pensions, legacy and lifestyle. As a man I was particularly drawn to about the article about Men’s Shed, a movement helping men of all ages to connect, converse and create.
Your Later Life is a strong competitor to the excellent Rest Less and Saga websites but there’s certainly space for all of them. It’s a site I’ve bookmarked, one I’m sure I’ll be returning to in the future.