In this extract Betty Dempsey talks about ageing and she says that she feels worn out. She talks about having to take regular breaks if she wants to walk anywhere and that she has to take her time.

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And what do think is the difference then like in the last 20 years, what are the major changes

Well I could get around much better you know old age, I’m worn out

So physically you feel older

I’m worn out but other than that, I say well I’ll take me time. If I go out now with me any of my nieces or my grand nieces or that and “wait till I tell you now I can’t walk very fast” “that’s quite alright, you don’t have to” I walk alright but one straight walk would kill me, I have to stop and start

Right, but you know your self, you know your own body

I stop for a few minutes, there’s a woman out there…and we have to go up the hill up to Mount Street she lives in a cottage beside me, and she’s great, I’d say “Mary I have to stop for a few minutes” and that little few minutes then...but I’d have to do that every now and then, especially going up a hill, you know?

You have to take your breaks

A little break yeah, because, you feel, you’re trying to push yourself, and when you try to do that, it would burn, your breathing, you go out of breath.


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Ageing, The Ageing Body



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"Betty Dempsey describes how she deals with ageing and the feeling that her body is slowing up.." Lifescapes: Mapping Dublin Lives, Item #146 (accessed February 23 2018, 4:49 am)