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OLD AGE. This needs no definition. Sometimes old age is the cause of loss of memory and of the powers of the mind, when the party may be found non compos mentis. See Aged witness; Senility.

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"Wherefore," old Ebbits said with grave dignity, "there be no one to hunt meat for me in my old age, and I sit hungry by my fire and tell my story to the White Man who has given me grub, and strong tea, and tobacco for my pipe."
Ill-luck would have it that the day came when Alencon was guilty of believing that the chevalier had not always comported himself as a gentleman should, and that in fact he was secretly married in his old age to a certain Cesarine,--the mother of a child which had had the impertinence to come into the world without being called for.
Some complain of the slights which are put upon them by relations, and they will tell you sadly of how many evils their old age is the cause.
I listened in admiration, and wanting to draw him out, that he might go on--Yes, Cephalus, I said: but I rather suspect that people in general are not convinced by you when you speak thus; they think that old age sits lightly upon you, not because of your happy disposition, but because you are rich, and wealth is well known to be a great comforter.
I might answer them as Themistocles answered the Seriphian who was abusing him and saying that he was famous, not for his own merits but because he was an Athenian: `If you had been a native of my country or I of yours, neither of us would have been famous.' And to those who are not rich and are impatient of old age, the same reply may be made; for to the good poor man old age cannot be a light burden, nor can a bad rich man ever have peace with himself.
The reality of life in an institution as one that forces people to cope with question of identity in old age creates an appropriate background for discussion of the costs and utilities of each style of coping.
Old age dependency ratio is expected to rise from currently six workers for every retired person to only two workers for a retired by 2030.
Of all the programs initiated in the 1935 Act, old age insurance, or Social Security as it came to be known, had the greatest long-term impact.
The other is to embrace old age so wholeheartedly that we give up the struggle and just sink back and concentrate on our waning powers.
Left to themselves, most people believe in the great social myth that old age is merely a time of decline.
Instead of focusing on one area, he explores the concept of inequality and suggests that it is directly linked to old age and therefore has the potential to affect everyone.
To appreciate the widespread and bipartisan resistance to Social Security, it is important to recognize the distinction that was made at the time between the problem of preventing poverty in old age and the problem of alleviating poverty among the elderly poor - a distinction that some find difficult to grasp today.