"No skill or art is needed to grow old; the trick is to endure it."
-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ( 1749-1832)
Enduring old age is, indeed, one of the most difficult things the elderly must do. Apart from the physical ailments that afflict many older people, there are behavioral and other mental difficulties to be dealt with. Not that aging inevitably causes mental illness or, for that matter, loss of intelligence. It does not, no more than it causes any of the other diseases and ailments we mentioned in the last chapter. The elderly are, after all, individuals, just as young people are. Each old person is the product of his or her own special biological mold and the environment in which she or he lives and works. Mental illness obviously occurs among the elderly, but more