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Futures of ageing

My balcony overlooking the sea

By 17. April 2022No Comments

In the future, “I live in a house in my usual town with a balcony overlooking the sea and with my husband. I have no children but I have a niece whom I love very much.”


We asked, you answered.

How would you describe yourself?

35 years old, white, outgoing. I like dancing and going out with friends. I was born in Tenerife and I am a psychologist for people with disabilities.

Imagine you are 72, 80 or even 99 years old: How and with whom do you live together?

I live in a house in my usual town with a balcony overlooking the sea and with my husband. I have no children but I have a niece whom I love very much.

Who are the most important people in your life and how do you spend time with them?

My husband with whom I talk and laugh on the balcony, my friends (I’m sure I’ll make many more now) with whom I share two afternoons a week dancing at the senior citizens’ centre. And my niece, who is the one who gives me most of the joy and who loves it when I tell her things about when I was young and her age.

What is your sex and love life like in the future?

Given my mobility is not good I have bought several devices that I can grab and pleasure myself with.

How do you manage to stay mentally and physically fit?

I do things on the computer that keep me active, I also use devices that allow me to move and run for a while every day, I take natural medication that activates my neurons and keeps me supplied with the necessary nutrients.

How do you afford everyday life in the future?

I inherited two properties that I rent out and use to supplement my pension.

In the future, what do you get up for in the morning?

I am an activist for women’s rights and I am also still part of the organisation I’ve been working at for so many years. Now I am the honorary president, a position that was created to recognise the work done in the association. As honorary president I continue to fight for the people who belong to the organisation to have a better quality of life. Also, two Saturdays a month I join a group of elderly people from Tenerife (north, south and metropolitan) to continue the fight for the elderly, to improve their pensions and conditions.

If you had to tell a young friend about all the things you’ve done right while ageing and would thus recommend to them… What would they be?

I am always active with both physical exercise (I go dancing and meet new people) and mental exercise. I have learnt that you have to carefully weigh your efforts and energy, you have to know your limits but also do what motivates you and do it with passion.

– Original version: Spanish –

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