For many older people ageing and the accumulation of life experience has brought with it new gifts and skills as well as insights into themselves.

In this extract Hugh Smullen talks about learning how to be patient in his later life. He feels that he has developed better listening skills. He says that he finds this a very good time in his life and the he is very happy. He thinks about his parents generation and remembers their difficult lives, particularly in later life, and he acknowledges that life is better for him.

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