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Today's older citizens continue to do good in their communities even when they reach their eighties, writer Martha Frase-Blunt reports. Indeed, some cities would be hard-pressed without these lively and committed volunteers. What's even better is that the seniors themselves reap benefits, as Nathan Billing, a geriatric psychiatrist and author of Growing Older and Wiser points out in Frase-Blunt's report:

"There is no question that being stimulated, whether socially or intellectually, is beneficial for quality of life in old age, if not for longevity. ... Active people are less depressed and preserve more of their day-to-day functioning if they are engaged in the world."

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September 10, 2001

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