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Instead, I find that individuals often defy the norm and few are completely prepared for the challenges of aging.
When I talk with clinicians, they are more aware than academics that individuals often defy the norm. A physical therapist can tell me what exercises can reduce risks of falls and recite statistics about the increase risk of falls with advanced age. But the same expert can produce several examples of people who walk briskly in their 90s and others who falter in their 50s. People who have several chronic illnesses sometimes outlive their agemates who are mature athletes. Aging is a crap shoot!