Magazine article Newsweek

This Week Online

Magazine article Newsweek

This Week Online

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Byline: For Karen Springen's full interview, go to xtra.NEWSWEEK.com

Dr. Muriel Gillick

NEWSWEEK: Americans are obsessed with "staying young." What's wrong with this approach?

Harvard doctor and author, "the denial of aging": What we need to do is to recognize that we can't necessarily prevent some degree of disability or frailty in old age. But we can try to make sure that old age is as good a time--despite disabilities--as it can be. What's reflected in people trying to change their appearance is that they're responding to a prevailing attitude that says aging is undesirable, bad, something to be avoided. We've got to figure out better places to live, better ways to become engaged with the world. Aging is just a natural part of life.

For Karen Springen's full interview, go to xtra.NEWSWEEK.com

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