What is it like to be old?

A geriatric psychiatrist asks this of his patients… in this New York Times piece about the complexities of aging. The piece reminds me of my attempt to honor a 90-year-old friend by throwing her a birthday party. Afterwards she shared with me that although she loved the party, it highlighted her age, something she really didn’t think about until then. As in this article, most prefer to persevere as ageless selves, and why not, in a society that associates old age with dying?

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