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Karl A. Pillemer, a renowned Cornell gerontologist, used the wisdom of crowds -- more than 1,000 Americans over 65 years old -- to glean material for his book "30 Lessons in Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans.''
Scroll through the gallery to see 12 of the tips from his research.
Pillemer chatted with Washington Post readers on Wednesday about how to incorporate the wisdom of these elder Americans into everyday life. Read the transcript.
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