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While the current concern of gerontology or geriatrics is how to add years to life, we should be asking how to add life to years. Since the turn of the century, the U.S. population has tripled while the number of those over the age of sixty-five has increased an astounding eight times. Never before have we had so many elders alive on our planet. In many cultures old age is considered the most special and revered time of one's life, a time for self-awareness, continued growth, wisdom and a deep personal sharing. In North America, however, there is a sad trend for many people are unwilling to acknowledge the passing of youth.