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The Wisdom of the Wizened

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Science  28 Feb 2003:
Vol. 299, Issue 5611, pp. 1300-1302
DOI: 10.1126/science.299.5611.1300

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New data indicate that some of the mental declines that accompany aging aren't as bad as researchers once thought, and that some skills such as vocabulary actually improve with age. And in interpersonal relationships and overall well-being, the old have a lot to teach the young.