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Can older persons be happy? Coping with aging

In Wesleyan Village where my wife and I winter in Brooksville, Fla., there is a resident from Ashland who has written and performs a song for talent night that is hilarious. The song spoofs the notion that some persons always regard his or her malady as being the worse possible, from an ingrown toenail to open heart surgery. This lady flings open wide her arms and trembles her hands as she exclaims, “My pain is worser than your pain!” The audience howls with applause and laughter for we recognize our tendency to think that nobody hurts like we do, or we think of someone who complains all the time.

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