“The Wisdom of the Aged” – NYT

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New York Times journalist John Leland writes about the ups and downs of aging as seen through the eyes of six New Yorkers aged 85 and older. He has followed them for one year. This concluding article in the series is insightful as it explores their joys and frustration.

“A paradox of old age is that older people have a greater sense of well-being than younger ones — not because they’re unreservedly blissful, but because they accept a mixture of happiness and sadness in their lives, and leverage this mixture when events come their way.”

John Leland

As I read about the interesting people that Mr. Leland selected for the series, it reinforced my belief that we have so much to learn from those whose voices we rarely hear.

 

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