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Anne Ring
Anne Ring Sep 14, 2018

You sexy [old] thing! (In real and reel life – check out ‘Book Club’)

  There is a general perception that, for older people, there is one topic that belongs wholly, solely and firmly in their memories: their sex life. But, as highlighted in The Sydney Morning Herald in 2013, it turns out that that is something else that the young see differently from the old. In the words of then 71-year-old Ita Buttrose, “I don’t know what young people imagine will happen to them when they get older. There is plenty of evidence...
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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 Aug 28, 2018

Should we be talking in a different way about people with dementia?

The other day I read a news story that troubled me, and still has me thinking. It was in the online Sydney Morning Herald, and was written about comedian Billy Connolly, and quoted longtime TV chat host Michael Parkinson. The heading kicked off the disturbing element, by saying “Billy Connolly’s brain has been ‘dulled’ by Parkinson’s, says TV legend.” The article went on to describe how Connolly’s mental capacities were now being diminished as a result of having Parkinson’s...
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Anne Ring
Anne Ring Aug 3, 2018

From magazine junkie to old age media commentator singing the praises of ‘Woman’s Day’

There is a universal truth about how to get job satisfaction: do something you love. And I managed to get there somewhere in the middle of my life. The thing is, I have been a mass magazine junkie pretty much ever since I could read. Starting with kids’ mags and graduating very quickly to women’s magazines thanks to the magnificent obsession of girls of that era for our British royals. Out their photos were cut, to be pasted into bulging...
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Anne Ring May 21, 2018

Destigmatising ageing: Part 2

Is there a critical mass of people interested in giving ageing a good name, and doing what it takes to give it a positive value? Any such effort includes looking critically at what the media presents us with in views of ageing and old people, and drawing attention to the positive or the negative ways in which they are depicted. And right now, in May 2018, a cluster of three media items have popped up as salutary examples of the...
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