Behavior: Do Not Go Gentle . . .

Growing old gracefully is a poetic ideal, but in real life, according to recent studies in Chicago, people are more likely to survive into a ripe old age if they are grouchy and pugnacious. Passive senior citizens seem to lack the moxie necessary to deal with all the natural shocks that aging flesh is heir to.

In one study, Morton A. Lieberman, a psychologist at the University of Chicago, interviewed 85 people between 63 and 91 who, at the beginning of the experiment, were on the waiting lists of three Chicago homes for the aged. All were physically and mentally well before...

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