Since beginning to use Grey Pride, more of my personal information has been cross-referenced using snippets from posts put on threads of online media, such as The Guardianonline and others, dating back several years. You can check this if you are so inclined. It only requires a birthdate now, and my identity could be taken. Age UK offers a dating guide. Suppose I used it and was silly (or unguarded) enough to be honest about my birth date? Not a quantum leap for a hacker, IMHO.
It's a risk all internet users take, and does not stop me from having Facebook & Twitter accounts. But I emphasise that it is only since using Grey Pride that so much information has been available worldwide.
I am delighted that as many people as possible can read my posts and blogs. That was why I posted them, although I only blogged about seizures at the invitation of you or one of your colleagues. That was a golden opportunity, and ties in with other work I do.
I didn't expect much immediate interest in the subject, but the blog remains as a reference point for future use. Interestingly, and if we use the generally-accepted figure of 1 in 131, of the 137,000 signatories to the original petition, 1,045 had epilepsy, and many others were suffering from non-epileptic seizures.
But, I'm rambling. Your E-mail caught me just before my morning shower, and I'm not really awake yet! I couldn't resist opening the message.
Final point: is it worth considering giving names to moderators? It happens on other forums.
Thank you for your reply. I am happy with everything I have posted, thank you, and with the links I have supplied to date. They will comprise as much as most people wish to know about this subject, in the context of this site, I think. The only issue I may expand slightly is that of stigma, although, in the experience of people suffering stigmatisation, nobody admits to any blame.
I interpret your answer to my original question as, "No", since you have confirmed in your E-mail that, "To encourage people to find us and join the site we have therefore set all of the site's published content to be viewable to anyone on the internet, which means that search engines can "crawl" the entire public section of the site and display what they find in their results."
This answer is disappointing, because to find the site merely requires that the name Grey Pride is typed into the search engine.
If that majority of older people who have never used the internet were to know the answer you have given to me, perhaps they would be even less inclined to give it a try, especially using the Grey Pride website. In my case, I am already known to my friends, MP and others by both the blogger's name and my own. What about you? Where can I see your real name? You call yourself "Grey Pride", which we are told is the name of a movement, and all of us are the movement. I don't think I'm talking to myself when I address you. Or am I?
Well, having had my morning pills as I type, now is the time for a shower. Have a good day, and I look forward to your reply.
Being over 60 I created and run a local community online website called W14london.ning.com This is a community blog for all age groups. I am particularly interested in our local authorities and age related organisations and how they spend their funds. I do find age related organisations to do more harm than good and we should be treated as part of the community with all age groups. yes/no?
Thank you for your warm welcome, Grey Pride. I would like to accept your invitation to write a blog about seizure disorders common in older people. Neurological research is moving faster than my little brain can keep up, and I will have to try not to present an alarmist or over-complicated picture. Give me a little time to get some up-to-date links prepared, and I'll make a start in a week or so. I also need to find my way around this website....this is my third quick visit, I think. Best wishes, Richard.
Being old, I remember when our governance happened at Westminster, when MPs weren't just lobby fodder herded by the whips to do the EU's bidding, when debates didn't take place to empty green benches, and democracy was not just an abstract concept. In those days taxpayers did not pay £50 million a day to Brussels for absolutely no commensurate benefit, just a load of meddlesome regulations, high prices and the privilege of supporting millions of people from other countries who have paid nothing into the Benefits system. Curious, when our leaders know perfectly well that we are getting a rotten deal and that the EU is generally disliked, that they insist on defying public opinion and will go to any desperate measures to prevent us having a say in the matter.
my husband of 60+ has just found out that the teacher supply agencies have been requested to send only neo-grad teachers who are looking for work experience.....that could be one of the reasons that there is "no" supply work for my husband and his peers of a certain age. What do others think about this?
Age and Agesim, being one of those categories of discrimination into which ALL of the lucky to live a long life will enter, requires representation of the strongest nature. Older people have to (want to) work longer and are shut out of jobs. (Neo-grad applicants sought). Age needs medical care for compromising age related diseases. Full care to maintain dignity is necessary at the later stage of life when all other family members are too busy working to survive..... this is what I wrote on the petitions comment section.
Hello everyone, and thank you for your welcome. I have signed the petition for our very own older person rep in Parliment with relish. I look forward to all your blogs and some interesting conversations.
A new name could be Senior Citizens pride, I rang my local radio station B.B.C. Essex a few months ago to tell them about the grey pride petition. Dave Monk the presenter did a show on this subject and I have been invited by An Anchor Manager to go present the petition With them to 10 Downing street. I live in Anchor retirement flats. We had a petition there and i thought how i could raise awareness of this matter,So i rang my local radio station. May i suggest other people do this to please? Spread the word we need some one to represent us Senior Citizens in goverment. Thankyou.
Thank you for your kind remarks. I know, and have known many people since the inception of The Great North Run who have taken part, and for a range of charities; either close to their hearts, or for the simple pleasure of raising awareness of various good causes.
Please don't over-do the 'celebrity' thing. It can be very boring. So many of them are just in things for the free publicity and many of them are so vacuous and empty-headed. 'Real' people are so much more interesting.
Why should reaching a 'certain age' be a barrier to anything? It's just a psychological thing. I've had a heart attack, but it doesn't seem to have made me 'disabled' or become unable to do anything. In fact, I think it has encouraged me to do things I wouldn't have otherwise have done. It just make me more determined to live everyday as it comes and to enjoy life as much as possible. It has made me appreciate life and not to let anything get in the way, and certainly not my age. I'm writing a novel, which is something I wouldn't have done when I was a lot younger. In fact, being of a 'certain age' has been an advantage, as my life-experiences are going into this novel.
Thank you for the welcome and yes I am an avid traveller! I've been to all the continents except Antarctica.... too cold! I've added some of Peru and Brazil to my profile and I'll be back to add more from Australia, USA, China, Borneo, Madagascar and a few more places!