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Malachi O'Doherty

Just because I'm 'old' doesn't mean that I'm finished yet... We must remember that not all of the elderly need to be protected

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'The older people that were around when I was young are different from the older people today. I was there; I should know.'

'The older people that were around when I was young are different from the older people today. I was there; I should know.'

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'The older people that were around when I was young are different from the older people today. I was there; I should know.'

Before my next column I will have passed my 70th birthday. I don't expect Arlene and Michelle to declare a public holiday but I think I deserve some credit for having got here in one piece from the middle of the 20th century. Others didn't so I must at least be credited with some luck.

I will now be an old man.

I don't feel like an old man. I have seen some people who are 20 years younger than me look more decrepit and I take heart that others, like Noam Chomsky, are still writing in their 90s. Mind you my 90s are only as far ahead of me as my 50s are behind me. And actually a lot closer because time speeds up as you age.


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