Finally, Harry T. Cook died Monday, October 9, following a three-year battle with prostate cancer. He wrote an essay in advance, anticipating a time when his disease would force him to retire. Here is an excerpt...
16 percent of the country's population is over 65 years old and this segment of the population is rapidly growing. Older adults are a powerful influence on society. The grace and wisdom that comes with age is a well-earned gift.
As we age, it is important to focus on the positive factors associated with aging, not just on disease and disability. Research shows that how we treat our bodies through healthy attitudes and habits such as diet, exercise, and avoidance of the use of tobacco and alcohol, will have profound effects on how we individually experience the aging process. Similarly, maintaining the healthy connections that keep us vibrant socially, emotionally, and spiritually, are key ingredients to our health throughout our life span.
This pdf from NAMI NH examines the topic of death and dying, using the studied wisdom left behind by Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross.
+ Above all, follow the wisdom offered by Hillel the Great more than two millennia ago: "What you hate, do not do to another." The great sage must have known that such behavior as a habit runs contrary to nature. Also he must have believed that humankind could outdo nature.William Faulkner in his speech accepting the 1949 Nobel Prize in literature appeared to have shared Hillel's optimism: I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance. As a dear bishop friend was wont to say, "May it be so."
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