My granny who was an annoying old woman from the north of Engand said, ‘There’s nowt in old age’. She was right about that. Watching my own, once capable, mother trying to be helpful and to do things she can no longer do, is exasperating. Her poor memory and hearing mean that I am constantly being asked to repeat things or correct misconceptions. Modern medical science and better nutrition means that we are all living to greater ages whilst the birth rate, particularly amongst the more educated, is falling due to delayed motherhood or failure to conceive. I do not relish a future where society becomes dominated by its senior citizens even though I belong to this group myself.