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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Doctor's column reminds us that 'older people are our history books'

Regarding Dr. Steven Wolfson’s thoughtful New Haven Register "Forum" item Sunday, July 21, I was much interested as a longtime healthcare provider.
The heading “All people have stories - health care providers should learn them” reminds me of a cherished University of Massachusetts professor’s maxim “Older people are our history books. We should read them well.”
We are all part of the human connection; establishing trust, assuring confidentiality and acknowledging one another as valuable contributors as the sure/enduring structure is made. Dr. Wolfson’s shared perspective reinforces this so well.
I always enjoy reading the New Haven Register on my summer holiday.
Cynthia Duryee
Boston, Massachusetts


Anonymous Jim Pandaru said...

Ms. Duryee's comment was worth reading. Many people around the world revere their elders to a point that enhances the real quality of life for everyone in their society. This feeling of self worth and respect within their societies explains the fact why their elders suffer much less from debilitating diseases, including Alzheimers, than we in the western industrialized nations do. It seems we still have a lot to learn from other peoples of the world on what living a real meaningful life is all about.

August 8, 2013 at 9:35 AM 

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