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Growing old ain’t for sissies,” actress Bette Davis famously quipped in her eighties. Aches and pains, forgetting names, being ignored by your family members are things that are hard to suffer. A scientific fact many don’t know is that the human brain moves into its final developmental stage around 60. Neurologically, while the brain has become smaller, it becomes more integrated. The myriad brain parts become more and more connected via neural pathways over a lifetime—the neurological hallmark of wisdom. Nature intended the grandmothers to care for children and guide the tribe. While, due to isolation, early retirement and poor lifestyle habits (sugary diet, little exercise, drugs and alcohol) some modern elders have succumbed to dementia, many elders are wiser and more compassionate just as nature intended. We are here to give open-hearted caring and good advice. All you have to do is ask.—MR

The age of wisdom: why our elders were the best of us in 2020

By Andrew Anthony, The Guardian US Edition, December 20, 2020

Among the many effects of the pandemic is the attention that has been given to senior citizens, who have been disproportionately affected by death and illness from Covid-19. Broadly speaking, the focus has revealed two opposing impulses: to protect and to abandon. But neither reaction necessarily involves respect for the older population.

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