Intended for healthcare professionals

Letters I’m over 65, but I don’t need a discounted bus fare

Bus fare discounts for senior citizens should be taken and used

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 31 March 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1702

In Praise of the Elderly

We're very vain and slightly insane. We want to live, but we don't want to age or look old. Since living and aging are inseparable, and old age is inevitable, we should view life more 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

03 April 2016
Hugh Mann
New York, NY, USA