Like a post about the signs of ageing that I meant to write over a week ago, but it completely slipped my mind. Apparently there are lots of other ways that nature uses to warn you of your creeping decrepitude.
Engage Mutual published a ‘study’ last week that purports to list the fifty sure fire signs of ageing. It was really just a gimmick to get free publicity for their over-50s insurance products and you have to say it worked a treat in that respect.
I won’t list all of them – you’ll find a link to an online test later – but most are pretty obvious and others plain silly which I suppose is what you might expect if you simply ask 2,000 what they think the signs are.
Groaning when you bend down is one I can identify with. For me the sure sign of ageing is when you go ‘ooof!’ whenever you sit down, stand up or anything else vaguely strenuous.
Forgetting people’s names would be high up on my list too, but I’m not sure that is necessarily a symptom of growing old – I’ve had this uncanny knack of being able to forget people’s name withing seconds of being introduced ever since I was a child.
Similarly listening to The Archers which is number thirty on the list. Yes I do tune in to the omnibus edition every week, but then I have done since I was comfortably in my middle-age.
The things on the list that don’t apply to me include falling asleep in front of the tv, needing an afternoon nap, wearing my glasses round my neck, drinking sherry, obsessive gardening and I most definitely have not joined the Women’s Institute.
All in all I managed to score a ‘don’t panic’ 21 out of 50 in the online test. Try it yourself.