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A Harvard geriatrician dispels myths on aging, from the Harvard Health Letter

July 01, 2011

Old age, it can seem so depressing.

“I think that is how many younger people view aging,” says Dr. Suzanne Salamon, associate chief for geriatric clinical programs at Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. The newest member of the Health Letter’s editorial board, Dr. Salamon goes on to explain, “You see people who have trouble walking, so they have their canes or their walkers, and it all looks like such hard work. But surveys have found that there is actually less depression among older people than commonly believed.”

Dr. Salamon dispels other common misperceptions on aging in a conversation that appears in the July issue of the Harvard Health Letter. Some excerpts from the conversation appear below.

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