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Norway ranks first on supporting elderly people, UK 11th

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: (Published 27 July 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3645

In Praise of the Elderly

We're very vain. We want to live, but we don't want to age or look old. But living and aging are inseparable, and old age is inevitable. So let's celebrate, not segregate, the elderly. Wizened but wise, the elderly teach us that life is finite but souls are infinite, and that senescence isn't convalescence or obsolescence, but the very essence of our soul's solo sojourn in space, time, and fate.

Competing interests: No competing interests

31 July 2017
Hugh Mann
New York, NY, USA