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09/16/2014 11:23 am ET Updated Sep 16, 2014

Tougher Than They Look

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Resilience, the subject of a large-scale study published recently in The Gerontologist, reminds me of what a Supreme Court justice once said of pornography: It’s hard to define, but we know it when we see it.

We’ve all noticed resilience’s effects, haven’t we? Most older people cope with several chronic diseases and have encountered losses and challenges. Some seem to withdraw into isolation and inactivity even when they remain relatively strong.

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