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culture and aging

Culture and Aging

It seems that most of us in Western culture would do whatever it takes to prevent aging – wrinkle creams, hair dyes, supplements, and even plastic surgery are commonplace. What is it that keeps us searching for the fountain of youth? Many believe it is our culture’s negative depiction of aging. “There’s so much shame in our culture around aging and death,” said Koshin Paley Ellison, co-founder of the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care. “As people approach old age they frequently feel that there’s something wrong with them and that they’re losing value.” Jared Diamond, a professor at UCLA,…

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