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Bullying not just an issue for kids; elders suffering, too

Years ago as I shared a presentation at a local senior center, I was approached by a woman who asked me to write an article about mean girls. You might immediately think, “Why would I write about adolescent girls in a column directed at aging and health?”

This is where the misconception ends. While we envision bullying and “mean girl” behaviors as traits reserved for the young, unfortunately that is not the case. In fact “Elder Bullying” among the aging is more common than you may think.

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