Worried about getting old? Poll sees optimism grow with age

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Feel down about getting older? Wish your life was better? Worried about all the problems that come with age? 

A new survey suggests you need only wait: Many pessimistic feelings held by people earlier in life take an optimistic turn as they move toward old age. Even hallmark concerns of old age — about declining health, lack of independence and memory loss — lessen as Americans age. "The younger generation is less optimistic," said Dr. Zia Agha, chief medical officer at West Health, a nonprofit focused on aging issues whose related research institute released the poll Wednesday with the independent research organization NORC at the University of Chicago. 

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