New York Times: Old Age, From Youth’s Narrow Prism

posted by Schwartz Media Strategies, Miami Florida Public Relations
The March 2, 2010 print version of the New York Times features an article by Dr. Marc Agronin, a geriatric psychiatrist at Miami Jewish Health Systems‘ Memory Center, about embracing the meaning, wisdom, and rich potential that lies in old age – and which is frequently overlooked by the young.
All of us lapse into such mistaken impressions of old age from time to time. It stems in part from an age-centered perspective, in which we view our own age as the most normal of times, the way all life should be. At 18 the 50-year-olds may seem ancient, but at 50 we are apt to say the same about the 80-year-olds….

…In the end, there is a cost to our myopic view of aging. We imagine the pains of late-life ailments but not the joys of new pursuits; we recoil at the losses and loneliness and fail to embrace the wisdom and meaning that only age can bring.
Dr. Agronin’s views reflect a philosophy which permeates the entire Miami Jewish Health Systems organization from its nursing home to chronic pain center, from its biofeedback facility to its memory center:  the goal in treating patients is to help them live full, rich, meaningful lives, whether they’re four years old or a hundred and four.

To read the article in its entirety, click here.