Thursday, August 28, 2008

With a Little Help From Our Friends

Six of my friends have died in recent years, all seemingly robust until suddenly they weren’t. As I watched their families deal with incomprehensible loss, I saw first-hand the importance of multigenerational friendships and the value of strong family ties.

One of the best ways to cope with the uncertainties of growing old, researchers say, is to strengthen our connections with others. The two-and-a-half minute video below was taken on my mom's 85th birthday. Four generations of my family, all living nearby, came together at my place to celebrate. I don't expect that you'll want to watch this; I'm just excited that I was able to upload it from my my camera phone without technical assistance!

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