The World Until Yesterday, by Jared Diamond, Viking Penguin Group, New York, NY, 2012. Chapter 6, “The Treatment of Old People; Cherish, Abandon, or Kill” is of particular interest. The author explores how the elderly are treated in many societies historically and in the present. The value of grandparents is increasingly valuable in our modern society since two parents are often working, and the grandparents can provide valuable day care and the preservation of values. Most societies require old people to be contributing something of value to the group. The book is provides interesting perspective on social evolution and helps one consider how to spend our later years.
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