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We need to separate “old” and “age”

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f6823 (Published 14 November 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6823

Re: We need to separate “old” and “age”

Life is a paradox. We want to live, but we don't want to age or look old. This is unrealistic, because living and aging are inseparable, and old age is inevitable. So we must learn to view life longitudinally and inclusively by honoring the elderly. Wizened but wise, the elderly yearn to teach us that senescence is not convalescence or obsolescence, but the very essence of our soul's solitary sojourn in space, time, and fate.

Competing interests: I have a self-published e-book called "Peace Poetry & The LOVE Diet", which promotes peace, simplifies health, and demystifies addiction.

21 November 2013
Hugh Mann
Physician
Retired
Eagle Rock, MO, USA