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Savor the gifts of the aging mind

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With aging, the body and mind change—but it's not all bad.

Aging brings physical changes and a greater risk of health problems—no one needs to tell you that. The mind changes too, and we grumble about things like increased forgetfulness. But the aging mind bestows some gifts, too.

"The truth is in old age there is loss of your younger self," says Dr. Suzanne E. Salamon, associate chief for clinical geriatrics at Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. "But studies also show that older people are less de-pressed than people who are in middle age. Why is that? I do think there is a certain wisdom that comes, a certain knowledge of the world that should be embraced."

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