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Updated: 04/16/2017 08:30:00AM

Some benefits of growing older

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Many people are quick to think of growing older in a negative light. Although there certainly are some side effects of aging that one may wish to avoid, people may find that the benefits of growing older outweigh the negatives.

Seniors are a rapidly growing segment of the population. In the United States, the Administration on Aging states that the older population — persons 65 years or older — numbered 46.2 million in 2014 (the latest year for which data was available). Statistics Canada reports that, in July 2015, estimates indicated that there were more persons aged 65 years and older in Canada than children from birth to age 14 for the first time in the country’s history. Nearly one in six Canadians (16.1 percent) was at least 65 years old.

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