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Dr. Sherwin Nuland: Let me just say a word about choice. I write a lot about choice in the book. We have far more choice about what our aging is going to be like because we can choose certain kinds of physical activities. We can choose to be engaged with other people and with our intellectual selves, and we can change bad habits over the years. We become the role models for those who come after us, and there is a sense of urgency because this is the generation between 60 and let's say late 70s that are going to transform this society's image of what aging can be, and we have that obligation. It isn't just an obligation to ourselves and to those who love us, but I think it's an obligation to younger people and I'm going to guess knowing three of you on the panel, 'cause I Googled you very carefully last night, that the three that I Googled are in exactly that position. There's a lot more that you want to wake up every morning for than might have existed in the hurly-burly of your, let's say mid 30s to mid 40s.

Roy Blount, Jr.
: I thought I felt somebody Googling me last night! [all laugh]

Alan Rosenberg: Roy, you're over 60. Are these the most rewarding years for you? [Roy, laughing]

Roy Blount, Jr: Oh, they're pretty good. I don't wanna go into too much detail, but yeah, I don't find them at all a drag. It's sort of cool to be old. I don't think it's a bad thing. The first time somebody called me "pops," a bike messenger called me "pops," and I chased him down the street.