FAQs Smithsonian World: A Certain Age

Dedicated to exploring the full scope of modern culture, Smithsonian World was produced by the Smithsonian Institution and WETA-TV between 1984 and 1991 and examined a variety of subjects, including the arts, humanities, science, history, and technology. "A Certain Age" (1991) discusses how Americans are living longer than ever before with the help of healthy diets, regular exercise, and medical advancements, and how the nation is meeting the needs of this growing population.

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Hufford, Mary, Marjorie Hunt, and Steven Zeitlin. The Grand Generation: Memory, Mastery, Legacy. Seattle: University of Washington Press, in association with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and Office of Folklife Programs, 1987.

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Knopf, Olga. Successful Aging: The Facts and Fallacies of Growing Old. New York: Viking Press, 1975.

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