Proceedings of Meetings and Symposia>Speech:  Diamond, Jared (March 2013), How societies can grow old better, Ted Talk, Retrieved on 2013-11-27
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  • Folksonomies: society age aging

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    27 NOV 2013

     The Value of the Elderly

    A challenge for society is to make use of those things that older people are better at doing. Some abilities, of course, decrease with age. Those include abilities at tasks requiring physical strength and stamina, ambition, and the power of novel reasoning in a circumscribed situation, such as figuring out the structure of DNA, best left to scientists under the age of 30. Conversely, valuable attributes that increase with age include experience, understanding of people and human relationship...
    Folksonomies: society aging elderly
    Folksonomies: society aging elderly
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    Their experience makes them better-skilled for certain professions, such as managing, and teaching.

    27 NOV 2013

     Literate Societies Place Less Value on the Elderly

    ...older people in traditional societies have a huge significance that would never occur to us in our modern, literate societies, where our sources of information are books and the Internet. In contrast, in traditional societies without writing, older people are the repositories of information. It's their knowledge that spells the difference between survival and death for their whole society in a time of crisis caused by rare events for which only the oldest people alive have had experience. ...
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    In societies without readily-available information stored in written words, the elderly are more valuable for their knowledge and experience.