Remember when we were told ‘sixty is the new forty’? I’ve been searching Google to find who first said this and when; no luck so far. But it seems that a lot of people, politicians, medical experts, health gurus, lifestyle writers, statisticians and commentators on everything from ageing to banking, business and financial management have circulated it. I saw it first as a newspaper headline alongside a photograph of then Treasurer Peter Costello wearing a wide grin. I haven’t been able to identify the date or the year, or whether Costello was the first to suggest this, but I believe it was some time in 2007.
Back then I was in my early sixties and standing in the queue in the local newsagent. ‘What rubbish,’ I said, intending to talk to myself, but it sort of fell out of my mouth!
‘In your dreams eh!’ said a voice behind me. …
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