• Vol. 45 No. 2
  • 15 February 2016

Active Ageing to Gerotranscendence

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Ageing, old age and death have piqued the interest of philosophers and writers since antiquity. Confucius related ageing to maturity and wisdom,1 while Shakespeare
described it as a “second childhood”. Cicero, perhaps with premonitions of his own demise, viewed death with fondness in a metaphor, likening it to a ship approaching a harbour.

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