Redefining Old Age

What comes to mind when you hear the term “old age?” Along with positives like grandchildren, retirement and travel, aging into our 70s, 80s and 90s can also bring losses like declining health and mobility, deaths of loved ones and shrinking levels of independence.Yet older adults possess creativity, resilience and wisdom that can help them maneuver the challenges of aging and even reinvent themselves at advanced ages, says geriatric psychiatrist Dr. Marc Agronin, director of mental health services at Miami Jewish Health Systems and author of “The End of Old Age: Living a Longer, More Purposeful Life.”It’s time we stop looking at old age as a dreaded condition to which we must reluctantly submit or a fearsome foe we continually try to outrun or deny, says Agronin. Instead, we can use a lifetime of accumulated skills and wisdom to make our own aging better.“The End of Old Age”We need to define aging beyond


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