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Anne Ring
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

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 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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Anne Ring Mar 7, 2019

Iconic Ita rides again

Iconic Ita rides again. And that’s good news for old people wanting to go on working. Ita Buttrose is back in the news, in a very good way. As PM Morrison’s captain’s pick for the position of Chair of the ABC, she has featured – before, during and after her appointment – in a variety of articles about various aspects of this action. Should or shouldn’t Morrison have followed procedure? Does or doesn’t her background make her a good choice...
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Anne Ring Feb 20, 2019

Driving into old age

As a 76-year-old, I’ve just received my second NSW Fitness to Drive Medical Assessment form, to be filled by my GP, and which has needed to be completed annually since I turned 75. It is very, very comprehensive, covering a multitude of physical and mental health criteria. And it got me thinking about all the controversy around older drivers, with the debate being between whether we are safer or more dangerous on the roads. So, I’ve been doing some research...
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