Do we get more up-tight and old-fashioned with age? Maybe not...

Growing older can get tricky, and not just because of wrinkles and grey hairs.

Our values, beliefs, attitudes and actions continuously evolve - and in some cases, we enjoy the things we swore we once wouldn't.

Younger people are perceived to be more fearless, but is that always the case?

Presenter Eusebius McKaiser asked listeners: aside from physical changes, do we get (more) conservative the older we get?

Here are some insightful responses from callers:

  • 'Conservatism' is part of the job, you can't be more radical than your kids

I was a young teacher in PE in the 80s and used to wear dreadlocks in school. But I was told, as a teacher, your task is to always be more conservative. Conservatism comes with age, and is also a role we play as adults for younger people.

Gavin, caller
  • 70-year-olds rocking their inner rebels

There is another subgroup, you can call it Hell's Geriatrics or Geriatric ravers. We're widows and widowers that have gone back to where we were . We've met and have had a great time. I don't have any children and don't have to be a role-model.

James, caller (70)
  • The older you get, the more you have to lose (and the angrier you become)

When you're young, you're more socially aware and you don't have a lot to lose. Then you get to middle-age and you have a lot too lose, like your bond [and your marriage]. But the older I get, the more cross I get at the world.

Gerald, caller
  • Stuff everything, 'it's about what matters to you'

I'm getting more conservative in the last year or so. I'm almost 30 and you definitely do become more conservative in some aspects. It's got to do with being responsible and what matters to you. It's a slow and steady race.

Nathaniel, caller
  • No fears, as long as you live with integrity

I am described as an apprentice juvenile delinquent. I'm in my mid 60s and if I see something that is wrong, I will challenge things head on. Nobody scares me and nothing embarrasses me.

Paul, caller

Take a listen to several callers drop their wisdom and share their experiences:


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