In this extract Seamus Marken talks about the advancing arthritis which he suffers with in his two legs. Seamus says that although he has pains and aches he believes that the best strategy is to not dwell on these things. He says that he is not worried about old age or about dying and he refuses to sit at home moaning. He wants to be out and about despite any pains or aches he has.

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What do you think are the signs of ageing for men and women?

Signs of ageing… well a walking stick and any other aid to walk, I should be using one myself I think but however, like, arthritis… when that creeps in and, like, I have it badly in my two legs, my two knees, you know, but eh... you see, I think a lot of it is your mental state, you know what I mean? I myself like to think you know, okay I know I’ve pains and aches and I’ve a job getting up the stairs or down the stairs... but thinking about it, like you know, I try not dwell on it… not because I’m not worried about old age or I’m not worried about dying you know but, like, I can’t bear just sitting at home moaning, you know what I mean? There’s nothing to it, I’d rather get up and get the bus into town and ramble around town even though I’m not able to walk but however.


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Ageing, The Ageing Body



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"Seamus Marken explains his strategy for dealing with the advancing arthritis which he suffers with in his legs.." Lifescapes: Mapping Dublin Lives, Item #150 (accessed February 23 2018, 4:48 am)