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Worsening disability in older people: a trigger for palliative care

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 20 May 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2439

In Praise of the Elderly

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: No competing interests

20 May 2015
Hugh Mann
New York, USA