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Anne Ring
Anne Ring May 5, 2018

Is it better to be boldly old, or perennially young at heart?

Lately, I’ve been coming across phrases about ageing that I’m finding bothersome. For example, there is a birthday card that promises “You’re not getting OLDER, you’re getting WISER. And not so long ago there was a public health forum on ageing, chaired by a “Senior Old Age Psychiatrist”, and whose headlined subject was “I’m OLDER, but not OLD”. A bit before that, in the now sadly defunct Yours (a magazine for older women), Brigitte Bardot was quoted as saying “It is sad...
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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 Apr 7, 2018

Who Magazine comes of age

Since its earliest days in Australia, I’ve been monitoring Who Magazine’s annual feature on the “Most Beautiful People”. Once a year, it presents a mix of international and local celebrities of various sorts, both genders, and a cross-section of ages. The reason for my monitoring stems – of course – from my interest in how ageing is presented in the media. And amongst these beauties, over the years, it’s been no surprise to find that they are – mostly – young, or middle-aged...
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Anne Ring
Anne Ring Mar 23, 2018

Suddenly, I find myself becoming a reluctant ageist!

As I’ve grown older, I’ve become increasingly involved in issues of concern to older people, and am an active spokesperson against demonstrations of ageism in the media as well as in our wider society. So why, now, in the space of two weeks, have I turned, unwillingly, into something of an ageist myself? It’s as the result of two comedies - a movie and a revue - that I’ve seen in that time. The two of them, combined, have shown...
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Anne Ring
Anne Ring Mar 8, 2018

A Brief Note on Pain: My New Intermittent Companion

At various points in my life, I have known pain. Falling over as a child. Dreading the dentist’s drill. Appendicitis (youch!). Natural, unmedicated child birth (which, from those days – three of them – onwards, became the benchmark against which I’ve rated all subsequent experiences). Falling over – as one becomes increasingly more prone to do – as an older adult. And, on and off, like so many of the rest of the world, especially for those who are...
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