Older, Wiser And More Anxious

Stress over world events is affecting the elderly. So have you e-mailed your grandmother today?

Last week, while enjoying my family's trademark Thanksgiving recipe of blessings and bickering, I looked around at the many older people in my large group of relations, and for the first time since Sept. 11, I wondered how they were really feeling. For the past several weeks much of our nation's concern has been focused on children--in my family, the attention tends to flow downward through the generations as if pulled by gravity.

But geriatric experts say they are seeing that the stresses many older people are already under--such as isolation, health problems and financial worries--have been aggravated by the domestic...

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