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Anne Ring
Anne Ring Feb 13, 2018

Making the most of siblings, while you still have them….

As you reach older age, and – sadly – your parents die, who then is left who knows you the longest, and maybe the best, in some ways at least? Your siblings, if you’re lucky enough to have them, and for them to still be around. I am one of those lucky ones, and – of course – from time to time we get together in various large or smaller permutations of family groups. And for many years, that was...
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Anne Ring

Anne Ring

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Anne Ring is a columnist with Older People Speak Out, run by Val French. She has worked as psychologist, anthropologist, sociologist and researcher variously in medical education, media analysis, body image and ageing. She has a Bachelors, Masters and PhD degrees. Anne is a happily married mother of three and actively involved grandparent of six. She has always enjoyed writing and now does so through both contributing articles and working on a book about positive aspects of ageing.

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Anne Ring
Anne Ring Feb 4, 2018

The 2018 Oscars: a country for older men. And – albeit more gradually – for older women

At the start of this year, I had three movies on my must-see list: The Post, The Darkest Hour and Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri. By yesterday I had realised that wish-list, and can highly recommend all three of them. But this is not a review article. Instead, between them, those films highlighted something very exciting: that the movie industry is increasingly recognising that there is a stellar place, in their pantheon of stars, for older and old actors, and not only males...
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Anne Ring
Anne Ring Dec 20, 2017

Newsletters and Christmas cards: A case for holding on to past traditions

Back in the day, when people sent annual family newsletters at Christmas time, they usually had a bad press. I remember seeing, in times past, December articles in the newspapers ridiculing the way that they were seen: with (very funny) mock-ups full of wildly inflated good news and the miraculous achievements of each member of the family. And then, and now, nonetheless, I go on writing a family update each year, to circulate amongst family and friends. Not, I hasten...
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Anne Ring
Anne Ring Oct 22, 2017

Getting To Know My New Face, at 75

For me, at 75 years of age, it’s always a pleasure to have new experiences, to have life keep on evolving in various ways. But who knew that one could have such fun with a new face at this age? And no, it’s not due to the cosmetic surgeon’s knife, but to a mild medical condition that needed treatment, namely and to wit a cataract that had grown to an operational level in my left eye. That eye had always...
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