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A Contemporary Study of Aging

by Robert J. Young
©, 2006, Robert J. Young

[permission is given to reprint with credit noted]

Reference: William H. Thomas, M.D., What are old people for? VanderWyk & Burnham, 2004.
Note: Thomas is a Harvard-educated physician with a continuing interest in the nature of long-term care communities.

Our lives are characterized by a dynamic, unfolding interplay being doing and being. Every phase of life-childhood, adolescence, adulthood, senescence, and elderhood all have these dynamics playing out in various ways.

Consider this brief summary:

Aging is gradual, rhythmic and highly choreographed. It's the main course of life and its consequences are well known. No one goes to bed with vitality and wakes up old. The progression observed and celebrated is the course of the genuine, and unique, power of aging gracefully.


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