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You Know You are Getting Old When.....


There are a number of signs or clues to look for that may warn you that you are getting old. I have drawn up a list that I feel may help anyone with any doubts to identify for certain that they are finally "over the hill" and perhaps accept the fact that old age has finally arrived and that it is not so bad to have finally turned into the Grandparent that you once adored, (whilst possibly occasionally having a giggle at with the rest of your family!!!!)


1) When you start to complain that you can " not understand the words in today's music".

2) When you look through your car steering wheel, rather than over it!

3) When you stop wearing high heels and always choose "comfortable" shoes instead, (Ladies only I hope!!!).

4) When your shopping list includes corn plasters, haemorrhoid cream and incontinence underwear.

5) When your favourite TV programme is Coronation Street.



6) When you find that you are stopped by the Police for driving your car too slowly rather than for speeding!

7) When you get on the bus and people you think of as "old", offer you their seat!

8) When "Sterident" is in your bathroom cabinet instead of toothpaste!

9) When your ideal bed companion is your hot water bottle!

10) When you have to get your neighbours to come round and open the lid to your pickle jar.

The small trolley

The small trolley

A Blue Rinse

A Blue Rinse

11) When you invest in a small trolley to hold your shopping so that you can drag it home afterwards.

12) When you decide a "blue rinse" is the ideal hair colour.

13) When your ideal night out is to play "Bingo".

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14) When you can no longer cut your own toenails.

15) When you and your Doctor are on first name terms.

16) When you get complaints from your neighbours that your TV is too loud.

17) When you find that your adult children are suddenly taller than you, (yet they never were up until a few years ago), plus your previously knee length skirt now reaches your ankles!

18) When sex between you and your partner is an annual event, (and then only if you can manage it without needing to call out an ambulance afterwards).

19) When you have to get everyone to repeat everything twice and complain that they all talk too quietly.

20) When every new electronic gadget to come on to the market seems an impossible challenge to use without asking the nearest 7 year old to show you how it works, (and even then you can't remember half of what they said).

SAGA Holidays

SAGA Holidays

Funeral Plans

Funeral Plans

21) When SAGA start sending you out holiday brochures.

22) When you begin receiving those "Over 50 Funeral Plan" offers.

23) When you begin collecting cats.

24) When your idea of an exciting sport is Crown Green Bowls.

And Finally.........

25) When you realise that suddenly your children have become your parents and are now doing everything for you that you used to do for them!!!

Crown Green Bowls

Crown Green Bowls

Role Reversal

Role Reversal

Just a Few More Giggles Now.....


A Few Jokes.....

A woman and a baby were in the doctor's examining room, waiting for the doctor to come in for the baby's first exam. The doctor arrived, and examined the baby, checked his weight, and being a little concerned, asked if the baby was breast-fed or bottle-fed. 'Breast-fed,' she replied.

'Well, strip down to your waist,' the doctor ordered. She did. He pinched her nipples, pressed, kneaded, and rubbed both breasts for a while in a very professional and detailed examination. Motioning to her to get dressed, the doctor said, 'No wonder this baby is underweight. You don't have any milk.'

I know,' she said, 'I'm his Grandma, But I'm glad I came!"


Arthur is 90 years old. He’s played golf every day since his retirement 25 years ago. One day he arrives home looking downcast. “That’s it,” he tells his wife. “I’m giving up golf. My eyesight has gotten so bad that once I’ve hit the ball, I can’t see where it went.”

His wife sympathizes and makes him a cup of tea. As they sit down, she says, “Why don’t you take my brother with you and give it one more try.”

“That’s no good,” sighs Arthur. “Your brother’s a hundred and three. He can’t help.”

“He may be a hundred and three,” says the wife, “but his eyesight is perfect.”

So the next day, Arthur heads off to the golf course with his brother-in-law. He tees up, takes an almighty swing, and squints down the fairway. He turns to the brother-in-law. “Did you see the ball?”

“Of course I did!” replies the brother-in-law. “I have perfect eyesight.”

“Where did it go?” asks Arthur.

“I don’t remember.”


Fifty-one years ago, Herman James, a North Carolina mountain man, joined the Army. On his first day in basic training, the Army issued him a comb. That afternoon the Army barber sheared off all his hair.

On his second day, the Army issued Herman a toothbrush. That afternoon the Army dentist yanked seven of his teeth.

On the third day, the Army issued him a jock strap. The Army has been looking for Herman for 51 years.


An old farmer went to town to see a movie. The Ticket Agent asked, 'Sir, What's that on your shoulder?'

The old farmer said, 'That's my pet rooster Chuck. Wherever I go, Chuck goes.'

'I'm sorry Sir, ' said the Ticket Agent. 'We can't allow animals in the theater.'

The old farmer went around the corner and stuffed the bird down his overalls. Then he returned to the booth, bought a ticket, and entered the theater. He sat down next to two old widows named Mildred and Marge. The movie started and the rooster began to squirm. The old farmer unbuttoned his fly so Chuck could stick his head out and watch the movie.

'Marge,' whispered Mildred.

'What?' said Marge.

'I think the guy next to me is a pervert.'

'What makes you think so?' asked Marge.

'He undid his pants and he has his thing out.' whispered Mildred.

'Well, don't worry about it,' said Marge. 'Hell, at our age we've seen 'em all'.

'I thought so too,' said Mildred, 'but this one's eatin my popcorn.'


A young teenaged girl was a prostitute and, for obvious reasons, kept it a secret from her grandma. One day, the police raided a brothel and arrested a group of prostitutes, including the young girl. The prostitutes were instructed to line up in a straight line on the sidewalk. Well, who should be walking in the neighborhood, but little old Grandma. The young girl was frantic. Sure enough, Grandma noticed her young granddaughter and asked curiously, "What are you lining up for, dear?"

Not willing to let grandma in on her little secret, the young girl told her that some people were passing out free oranges and that she was lining up for some.

"Mmm, sounds lovely," said Grandma. "I think I'll have some myself," she continued as she made her way to the back of the line.

A police officer made his way down the line, questioning each of the prostitutes. When he got to Grandma, at the end of the line, he was bewildered. "But you're so old... how do you do it?"

Grandma replied, "Oh, it's quite easy, sonny... I just remove my dentures and suck 'em dry!"


Three little old ladies named Gertrude, Maude and Tilly were sitting on a park bench having a quiet conversation when a flasher approached from across the park.

The flasher came up to the ladies, stood right in front of them and opened his trench coat.

Gertrude immediately had a stroke. Then Maude also had a stroke. But Tilly, bless her heart, being older and more feeble, couldn’t reach that far.



With Special Thanks To...


Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on April 23, 2012:

Thanks GDiBiase, delighted this gave you a laugh :)

GDiBiase from Portland, ME on April 23, 2012:

so funny, thanks for making me giggle!

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on January 21, 2012:

Interesting thought wandererh, that could well be the case. ;)

David Lim from Singapore on January 20, 2012:

I only got 1 out of 25. Does that mean that I'm only 1/25 of the way there? :)

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on December 01, 2011:

LOL, only the not wanting to wear high heels and the loving Coronation Street (at least up to now). A good few of these traits I see in my Mum and Step Dad though.

rutley from South Jersey on December 01, 2011:

Do any of these relate to you personally?

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on November 27, 2011:

Thanks Rutley, glad you enjoyed these :)

rutley from South Jersey on November 27, 2011:

way funny!

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on September 21, 2011:

Thanks LeslieAdrienne, so pleased you enjoyed these and I hope the more 'racy' stuff didn't shock you too much ;)

Leslie A. Shields from Georgia on September 20, 2011:

This is absolutely crazy... some is a little racy for my old fashioned ways, but it is funny none the less.... I am truly telling some of those jokes.... Thanks for sharing, it made me laugh out loud for a long time.

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on January 21, 2011:

Oh I have done that loads of times Empresslmani, very annoying when you get all the way back downstairs and then remember what it was you went up for in the first place LOL Thanks for commenting, I am pleased this made you laugh :)

EmpressImani from SE London, England on January 21, 2011:

So funny, I really laughed out loud! Have you experienced going to another room or upstairs and once you've got there, you can't remember what it was you wanted or do?Thanks for making me laugh so early in the day!

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on November 30, 2010:

Hi Jasmine, 'hell, you really should try watching Coronation Street! It is great when you get to our age' :)

Jasmine JellyBaby on November 30, 2010:

Shit am already experiencing all these signs already and am only 30!!! but hell no I don't watch coronation street!!

Very funny hun. Good hub

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on October 04, 2010:

Thanks lambservant, glad these made you laugh too :)

Lori Colbo from United States on October 03, 2010:

Pretty doggone funny. I love the little captioned cartoons and images especially. Very funny.

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on October 03, 2010:

LOL, CRS, I must remember this term tlpoague, I think I have this too, must come from being over 40 now.

Tammy on October 02, 2010:

Oh my...I had flashbacks of my great grandmother. My mother-in-law loved to tell people she had CRS (can't remember stuff) which I have found is highly contagious. Funny hub!

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on September 11, 2010:

Thanks jayb23, so pleased you enjoyed this, and thanks for the feedback :)

jayb23 from India on September 10, 2010:

Loved it misty...simply loved it. I am sharing it with my other friends. Keep up da good work!!!

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on July 13, 2010:

Thanks Lilly :)

lilly_dens on July 13, 2010:

I had a good laugh :) I enjoyed it

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on January 28, 2010:

Hey what a great idea for a T.Shirt Nell, I might get one too :) Thanks for the feedback. Glad you enjoyed the hub.

Nell Rose from England on January 28, 2010:

Ha ha brilliant! My favourite saying is I am old enough to know better, but young enough not to give a toss! gonna get a t shirt with it on! cheers nell

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on September 25, 2009:

Cheers Diogenes, are you saying I am right then??? (smiles innocently)

diogenes on September 25, 2009:

Well, you sure know where to kick a guy!

Funny farticle


Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on July 12, 2009:

Thanks Trish, really pleased these gave you a good giggle too :)

trish1048 on July 12, 2009:

LMAOOOOOOO, loved this, especially the rooster, and the old guy who said he wasn't finished doing nothing. I'll have to remember that one! :)

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on June 18, 2009:

Whoops, sorry about that, but don't leave us just yet please :)

Rebecca Graf from Wisconsin on June 18, 2009:

I was ok until #15. Life's over!!!!

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on June 17, 2009:

Shame you had to part with the males though. I have two males and one female, but no problems at all with them ever spraying anywhere, however they were both castrated at 6 months old, which stops spraying in virtually all cases. Were your males castrated??

mayhmong from North Carolina on June 16, 2009:

I decided to keep only the female cats since the male cats keep spraying everywhere. -_- So I only got 2 now.

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on June 16, 2009:

Hey thanks Mayhmong, what a great comment, and much appreciated. So delighted I keep you laughing, (I reckon I too may end up being the old lady with the cats. I am up to 3 already, and that nearly crept up to 5 last week!!).

mayhmong from North Carolina on June 16, 2009:

I am going to be the old lady with 100 cats someday. I love the inside joke of the grandma not having breast milk and the last one had me cracking up! You always make me laugh. Can't wait to retire.

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on June 16, 2009:

Sorry CC, but never mind, you will have forgotten you ever read this by tomorrow ;)

ralwus on June 16, 2009:

Dam you anyway MH for reminding me how oldt I am. the toenail thing and I do call my Dr.'s by their first name too as some are younger than I. funny stuff :D

CC Riter

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on June 14, 2009:

Hi Triplet Mom, aww, I don't reckon you are old at all, and bet your kids will be the first to tell you when you begin showing these "symptoms".

Hmmmmm Feline, Simply can't imagine your avatar with a "Blue Rinse". :)

hi Cris A, Thanks so much for the lovely comment. Delighted you enjoyed this hub, (I too want the fountain of youth, and did you ever see the film "She", where walking through the fire gave a person eternal youth? Great film if you ever get the chance to see it).

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on June 14, 2009:

Hi Diana, very true, we are all getting there, but damn it, I can never imagine enjoying playing Bingo or Crown Green Bowls, no matter how old I get :)

Hey Aya, looking on the bright side, you will no doubt be behaving like an adolescent teenager having fun with your mates, (even if you are 75 by then) :)

Cris A from Manila, Philippines on June 14, 2009:

I wish they'd hurry with the fountain of youth - before I even get there! Great fun this hub! Thanks for sharing Cindy :D

Feline Prophet on June 14, 2009: a while to go yet I think, but that blue rinse looks real interesting! :P

Triplet Mom from West Coast on June 13, 2009:

LMAO guess I am old. :(

Aya Katz from The Ozarks on June 13, 2009:

Misty, funny hub! Although I feel compelled to point out that I have ALWAYS worn comfortable shoes, regardless of my age. In fact when I was in drivers' ed, my instructor said I drove like an elderly person. I have since loosened up a little and drive less cautiously. Maybe someday I'll try high heels. It seems some of us age backwards!

dianacharles from India on June 13, 2009:

hahahaha and the sad part is that we are all getting day or the other.

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on June 13, 2009:

Hi Tatjana, thanks so much for your positive comment. I am really glad this kept you laughing all the way through reading it.

Hi Logic, always great to get a positive comment from you and I am flattered you wait for my humorous hubs to come out. Thanks :D

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on June 13, 2009:

Wanderlust, LOL, it must be great to be able to joke about it I agree. Even my Mum and Step Dad laugh about their own struggles with such modern wonders as mobile phones, TV remote controls and computers :)

Thanks eovery, hope to see you back here soon for more giggles.

Oh Tony, not long for you now. Before you know it you will have multiple pairs of glasses for all different uses, plus spares for when you forget where you have left your main pairs :)

Tamcor, thanks for the fab comment. I love old folks too, but needless to say they do have some amusing habits that many of us will also eventually develop as we too grow older.

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on June 13, 2009:

Thanks Alex, yes that is true, I forgot about the Policeman looking young.

Hi Hawkesdream, thanks for the great comment. I am really pleased you enjoyed this hub :)

Hi GT, lovely to see you here and thanks for commenting. I too have a way to go before I reach these stages, but my Mother in many ways displays loads of the "symptoms".

logic,commonsense on June 12, 2009:

I was waiting for you next humorous hub. This is very very good! Thanks for the laughs!

Tatjana-Mihaela from Zadar, CROATIA on June 12, 2009:

This was hillarious, I could not stop laughing from the beginning to the end.

Thank you so much!

Tammy Cornett from Ohio on June 12, 2009:

This was great--I love old folks...just am not ready to be one of them yet, lol...

Good job--thanks a lot for the laughs!

tony0724 from san diego calif on June 12, 2009:

Misty I will be 49 next month I AM SCARED NOW ! I do not have these qualifications yet , however I do require reading glasses now !

eovery from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa on June 12, 2009:

Funny Stuff, I am going to have to book mark this one.

Keep ON ubbing

Wanderlust from New York City on June 12, 2009:

Very funny :) My mother jokes a lot about her age and I think that's great - to be sane enough to understand that you are old! :)

goldentoad from Free and running.... on June 12, 2009:

good laughs. I know I am a ways from all this but nice to know what I can look forward to.

Al Hawkes from Cornwall on June 12, 2009:

Alex, I was gonna say that, damn. Misty, I thought this was very funny, laughed throughout lol

AlexK2009 from Edinburgh, Scotland on June 12, 2009:

Great laughs. Another sign of age is when the policemen look young.

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on June 12, 2009:

Thanks Gypsy Willow, it is always nice to hear that a hub I have written has made people laugh :)

Gypsy Willow from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand on June 12, 2009:

Laughing my socks off. Many a true word spoken in Jest! Thanks for the laugh.

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on June 12, 2009:

Thanks Sue, Delighted you liked it. I was a little worried about it's content offending some people with elderly relatives etc, but hoped that most would see the funny side, (including the elderly themselves).

Susan Bailey from South Yorkshire, UK on June 12, 2009:

This is so funny - BUT TRUE!!! Well done, more of this please. :-)))

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on June 12, 2009:

Thanks msorensson, glad you loved it and I appreciate receiving such a fast response after publishing a new hub :)

msorensson on June 12, 2009:

I love it. Thank you :-D

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