University of Pittsburgh

2 elderly women dish their secrets for aging gracefully

2 elderly women dish their secrets for aging gracefully

If people can age with class, then Harlene Goodrich, 80, and Dorothy Kelly, 91, should be considered aging’s rock stars.

These women — two strangers from opposite ends of the country and the poles of politics — agree on the basics on how to age well:

— Forming and reforming circles of supportive friends

— Actively participating in political and non-political groups

— Finding outlets for creative talents

— Keeping physically active

— Staying emotionally active in ways that inspire the mind and nurture the spirit

At a time when women increasingly live into their 90s and more men reach their 80s, the art of aging requires work, thought, planning and,...

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