Live Long and Prosper: World Health Day Is April 7

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Respect Your Elders

Beyond health concerns, elderly people face damaging stereotypes and stigma that prevent them from fully enjoying their later years. WHO encourages everyone to help change attitudes and build a society in which older people are respected and valued.

“When a 100-year-old man finishes a marathon, as happened last year, we have to rethink conventional definitions of what it means to be ‘old,’ ” said Dr. Chan. “Past stereotypes developed in past centuries no longer hold.”

(Photo: The Plain Dealer/Landov)

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