When I’m 64? I got there yesterday!


When I get older losing my hair

Many years from now

Will you still be sending me a valentine

Birthday greetings, bottle of wine?

If I’d been out till quarter to three

Would you lock the door?

Will you still need me, will you still feed me

When I’m sixty-four?

That’s the opening verse of The Beatles’ song When I’m 64, released as an album track in 1967, apparently never as a single. Although credited to Lennon-McCartney, it was actually written by Paul alone with Lennon reported as saying: “I would never even dream of writing a song like that.”

I got to thinking of those lyrics because, in my case, ‘When I’m 64’ is not ‘Many years from now’. In fact, it has arrived; yesterday was my 64th birthday.

So, how is age treating me? By itself, not too badly. Multiple sclerosis is enough of a handful without effects associated with aging.

64But let’s return to those lyrics. ‘Losing my hair’, no, not me. I have always had thick hair which was blond and curly as a child (that’s me in the picture, it really is) but now darker and wavy if I let it grow. These days, there are a few grey hairs but nothing much.

‘Will you still be sending me a valentine, birthday greetings, bottle of wine?’ Most definitely, yes. That’s yes to all three.

As to ‘out till quarter to three’, that would only happen if Lisa and I were out together. So no risk of her locking the door.

Then we get to `’Will you still need me, will you still feed me’, answers Yes and Yes – without a doubt.

Thinking back more than a good few years, to before the song was released, my maternal grandfather died aged 64, on his birthday. Granddad still had a full head of hair but it was totally grey and he looked elderly. It’s strange how looks of certain age groups have changed over the years.

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ian profile50shadesofsun.com is the personal website of Ian Franks, who is Managing Editor (columns division) of BioNews Services. BioNews is owner of 50 disease/didorder-specific news and information websites – including MS News Today. Ian has enjoyed a successful career as a journalist, from reporter to editor, in the print media. During that career he gained a Journalist of the Year award in his native UK. He was diagnosed with MS in 2002 but continued working until mobility problems forced him to retire early in late 2006. He now lives in the south of Spain. Besides MS, Ian is also able to write about both epilepsy and cardiovascular matters from a patient’s perspective and is a keen advocate on mobility and accessibility issues.


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