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Eileen McCann compares the experiences of growing older as a woman with that of men.

In this extract Eileen McCann compares the experiences of older men with older women. She feels that older women tend to be better at communication, she attributes this to experience of life. She thinks that men tend to gather in the pub when they…

Marie Murphy reflects on how men and women may experience ageing differently.

In this extract Marie Murphy reflects on how men and women may experience ageing differently. In particular she observes that men seem to be more isolated than women and may perhaps be more lonely when they are…

Seamus Marken describes the best thing about being older, in particular he notes that he feels more free.

In this extract Seamus Marken talks about the best thing about being older. He remembers the morning after he retired waking up and thinking that he didn't have to do anything. He enjoys the freedom associated with later life, of not being subject to…

Jim Quinn talks about the increased quality of life expectancy for older people now compared to when he was a child.

In this extract Jim Quinn says that he is the longest living of the males in his family. He remembers that when he was a child he used to think a man of 60 was old. He attributes this to the fact that people are living much longer nowadays and living…

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Hugh Smullen talks about his perceptions of older people when he was a child.

In this extract Hugh Smullen talks about his perceptions of older people when he was a child. He notes that everybody looked older than they were at that time, he attributes this to the fact that there was a lot of drink and very little money. He…

Stephanie Cannon talks about feeling lucky that she has reached her age now and is still in good health.

In this extract Stephanie Cannon says that she feels very lucky to have reached her age now and in good health. She remembers looking after her mother who was sick for three years before she died and so she feels lucky to be in good health…

Stephanie Cannon compares her life now to her mother's life.

In this extract Stephanie Cannon compares her life now with her mothers. She points out that things are much easier now compared to her mother's life. She feels that there is more support now for…