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OLD AGE IS AN ILLUSION

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The human condition is to segment life; for instance, Shakespeare’s ‘seven ages of man’. Life is a little like the seasons so dress for the season whatever the weather is doing. Or like the ticking clock, ‘if that is the time then tired I must be.’

Society convinces us to age and feel bad, and we obey. When psychiatrist Ellen Langer started this experiment in 1979, she already had a reputation as a specialist preferring to confirm bold theories with even bolder practice. Ellen Langer’s speciality was in ageing and the concept of elderly people.

Three years earlier, she had become the author of a truly revolutionary experiment in the Arden House nursing home in Connecticut. During her experiments, she proved that care and consideration for those of mature years are not as good as it is to think. Acceptance of the ageing process will unnecessarily bring us to the…

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