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Excerpts from ‘Aging Wisely’

“The doctor went into the examining room and, leaning over my father, who was still lying on a gurney, he asked in a condescending way, ‘What do you want me to do, Mr. Wyner, make you younger?’ And my father [who was 87] responded with words that will always be with me: ‘Younger I have been, doctor. Make me older.’”

— Justin L. Wyner of Dedham, Massachusetts, chairman emeritus, Shawmut Corp.

“We can either squander time or sanctify it. The personal tragedy, the waste, lies in what we can do with time but do not — the life we do not give; the happiness we do not earn; the kindness we neglect to bestow; the gratitude we have not expressed; the noble thoughts and deeds we would realize if we truly live life today.”

— Earl A. Grollman, Ph.D., of Belmont, Massachusetts, rabbi emeritus, Beth El Temple Center

“Older age is a good time to learn something new. You don’t have to be ‘good’ at it. Take chances. Guess. You might be right.”

— Erlene Rosowsky of Newton, Massachusetts, geropsychologist, William James College

“I would like to imagine that when I am remembered, people will smile, shake their head, laugh, or even get slightly moist around their eyes when they think of me. Then I’ll know I’m still with them.”

— Peggy E. Chait of New York, N.Y., Wall Street consultant and creative writer

“My strongest advice to anyone is to always be yourself and never forget where you came from.”

— Clara Melendres Apodaca of Albuquerque, New Mexico, former first lady of New Mexico

“What matters is not the number of years you have lived, but how you have helped yourself and helped others.”

— Stanley P. Rosenzweig, Ph.D., of Dedham, Massachussetts, clinical psychologist, founder of the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (now William James College)

“I believe that the job of grandparents is to embrace each grandchild with unquestioning support. It is not our job to discipline or correct our grandchildren; their parents will surely do that.”

— Sherri L. Meade of Hatfield, Massachusetts, retired technology executive, IBM

“I believe in making constant efforts to extend my life into the future and to share it with others. Hopefully, doing so will extend my life; and in any event, it will add to my peace of mind.”

— Irving I. Silverman of Dedham, Massachusetts, the force behind “Aging Wisely”