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Sat., March 24, 2012, 10:13 a.m.

Biggest regrets? Family rifts and no risks

Age Boom Academy: Saturday's fascinating lesson.

Karl Pillemer, director of the Cornell Institute for Translational Research on Aging, has interviewed hundreds of older people at the end of their lives and he said one of the biggest regrets at the end is a family rift. The oldsters who had a family rift, especially between a parent and a child, said they would give anything to go back and undo the circumstances that started the rift.

Another regret? Not taking enough risks. Not saying yes to more opportunities or creative ideas, especially those ideas that others said would never work. And finally, most older people wish they had traveled more.

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