When LIFE Magazine presented a four-part series on aging in America in 1959, it focused on the problems of old age, namely a growing older population pushed further and further to the margins of society. But it also beseeched the not-yet-aged to take a proactive approach to ensuring as healthy and full an older life as one could hope to have.
Michael M. Dasco, M.D., director of physical medicine and rehabilitation at New York’s Goldwater Memorial Hospital, offered the following tips to readers of all ages:
1. Prepare for your own old age: “The most important thing is not to let age hit you suddenly, without notice. You must face the fact that it is coming and that your children, who seem to be so slow about growing up, will one day leave you for families of their own.”
2. Broaden your interests: “Age inevitably involves loneliness unless…
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