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07 Dec 2005

Old age emotions?
My father was never an emotional person, and although he played with us and read us stories when we were children, he was not the hugging, touchy-feely kind of man. He still isn't that, but what is kind of weird to me is how emotional he has become. He is a very healthy and sprightly 84, but now cries easily. I'm not too clued up on hormones and stuff. Do men in old age become emotional, or should I worry about my dad? I don't mind men being emotional (although, admittedly, I wouldn't like my man to burst out crying the way I often do!), but since this is something new in my dad, I'm not sure how to react. It's not only for sad things, he would also cry in a movie, when hearing nice music, etc. My mom, to whom he has been married 55 years, is the really emotional one, so we're used to that, but not to him being emotional.
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01 Jan 0001

Most of us become more emotional in old age, as it can be part of senility. So long as it's still in appropriate settings and with appropriate causes, it's probably OK. If he starts getting undult forgetful, too, then maybe a checkup with the doctor might be useful.
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