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Taking Care of Us 50+ Year Olds

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Jan. 19th, 2005 | 04:40 pm

I bet my parents would never have been offered braces when they were in their 50's.  People that old weren't expected to be around long enough to care if their teeth snarled or fell our in 10 years. It certainly would not seem worth the effort.  "Let them be -- pull them if they are a problem and get a bridge."

Galen's teeth with bracesWe care now. 50 is not so old, bordering on ancient, that all but comfort care is withheld.

 The news media can talk about the great studies on longevity and the change in society's attitudes on aging.  But, it's the simple, everyday things we do that really point up how different -- how lucky -- my generation is when it comes to growing older.

It makes me smile.

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