Arriving at Boots opticians for my appointment this afternoon I discovered they were offering free eye tests to the over 50s.
The first - as far as I can recall - time that being over 50 has been of benefit. Getting something free!
Admittedly I have had free mammograms since being 50 but, while they're undoubtedly beneficial, I refuse to think of them as a benefit.
Of course the downside is that the only reason these things are free is that over 50s are more likely to have problems. But my eyes at least are very healthy. I have to have new glasses but I was expecting that, and not only because my current ones are missing an arm. I've noticed their increasing ineffectiveness. I've had them a good few years: they must be getting worn out.