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Leslie Greer talks about giving advice to a woman from Angola who lives near her.

In this extract Leslie Greer talks about a woman from Angola who lives near her who comes to her for advice or help for example if she has to write a letter…

Seamus Marken talks about the importance of his faith to him.

In this extract Seamus Marken talks about the importance of his faith to him. He says that his Christianity is very important and that he tries to always see the person of God in everybody he meets. He also feels that with the benefit of age and…

Seamus Marken recalls the high levels of alcholism among men when he was a child.

In this extract Seamus Marken recalls the high levels of alcoholism among men when he was a child. He remembers a particular pub called Red Biddy's Shop which gave away a cheap glass of wine when you bought a stout or a pint. He remembers the drunken…

Jim Quinn reflects on the changes in Irish society particularly in relation to the influence of the Catholic church.

Here Jim Quinn reflects on the changes in Irish society. He notes that marriage is not as prevalent now as it was and he remembers how powerful the church were. He describes the church and particularly John Charles McQuaid as a dictator during his…

Hugh Smullen talks about learning the value of patience in his later life.

In this extract Hugh Smullen talks about learning how to be patient in his later life. He feels that he has developed better listening skills. He says that he finds this a very good time in his life and the he is very happy. He thinks about his…

Betty Watson talks about the wisdom that she has gained through her life experiences.

In this extract Betty Watson talks about the wisdom that she has learned through her life experiences and through her return to education as an adult. She says that the best thing about being older is that you can be more direct about…

Betty Watson talks about the lack of educational opportunities available to her during her early life.

In this extract Betty Watson speaks about the lack of educational opportunities available to her during her life. However she says that she recognised this deficit and she returned to education in her adult…

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…

Seamus Marken laments the fact that some older people can be socially isolated.

In this extract Seamus Marken laments the fact that a lot of older people become very isolated and won't come out of their houses. He thinks this is because they are afraid to leave their houses. He feels that this lack of social engagement can lead…

Carmel O'Reilly points out the importance of good friendship in life.

In this extract Carmel O'Reilly points out the importance of good friendship. She speaks about a particular neighbour who she has known for over 20 years. Together they keep themselves active and socially engaged which Carmel O'Reilly realises is…

Betty Watson talks about the importance of social interaction particularly in later life.

In this extract Betty Watson talks about the importance of interaction in later life, she says it provides "something out there that's keeping you…

Betty Dempsey describes the activities that she does with the local community centre.

In this extract Betty Dempsey talks about the activities that she does with the local community center. She talks about learning to send emails and doing yoga and flower arranging. She says that there are plenty of opportunities open to people her…