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Words of wisdom from Japan’s pioneer dementia expert

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Flowers symbolize youth because they are short lived. In that sense, "old flowers" may be an oxymoron.

But I think this expression is perfectly acceptable for hydrangeas in midsummer--although the flowers are actually sepals that don't fall off.

After changing colors repeatedly, hydrangeas have now acquired a subdued elegance.

Their appearance reminded me of the words of Kazuo Hasegawa, a retired psychiatrist and pioneer in dementia research, whose book I recently read.

Explaining that having dementia does not change the patient as a person, Hasegawa states, "Who you are today is a continuation of who you........

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