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Anne Ring Jul 10, 2019

Conscious walking: think about it

    Older people are at greater risk of falling, and when that happens our ageing bodies are more likely to suffer more severe consequences. There is a lot being written about this from various perspectives. These include reasons for increased falls, ranging from domestic hazards to various physical conditions, and ways of preventing falls, ranging from fall-proofing homes to a variety of balance-improving exercises. But in scanning the sorts of advices available I haven’t found the approach that is...
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Anne Ring

Anne Ring

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Anne is currently contributing to the Benevolent Society’s national EveryAGE Counts Campaign, which has characterised her as a 'crusader for ageing'. 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 Jun 29, 2019

To stop the clock, or not? That is the new question

For Hamlet, as we analysed it back in high school, the question was “to be, or not to be?” Now, for many women and some men, the question is not about whether to die or not, but whether to allow one’s looks to gradually shift into old age, or to use the lotions, potions and surgical procedures available to keep looking young. Or at least youngish. This is a question that has been brought back to the front of...
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Anne Ring May 20, 2019

Two very different films with the same important messages for old – and young

Right now, in our cinemas there are two films – one American and one British – starring seasoned older actors in roles that mirror their stages in life. And the two have been very differently reviewed by the critics. Interestingly, however, each movie incorporates the same two important messages for those of us who have come to accept that we are on the way out, in one way or another, as we slide down the slippery slope of old age...
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Anne Ring Apr 8, 2019

A tale of two (older) ballet dancers

  Back when I was a teenager, one of the pop songs that swayed us was Nat King Cole’s rendition of “Dance, Ballerina, Dance”. Both then and now, however, the length of time in which ballerinas can actually do that is – typically – constrained by the vicissitudes on the body by this tough profession. It is, in fact, so punishing that – as pointed out in a 2017 Huffington Post article – “most women peak by their 30th birthday...
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