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One of the things that emerged in my research is that as we age into our seventies and eighties, we’re a lot better at some things than younger people, and one of them is pattern matching. If you go to see a radiologist, you want a seventy-five-year-old radiologist, not a thirty-five-year-old radiologist, because they’ve seen patterns. They’re much better at detecting cancers.

Daniel Levitin Neuroscientist

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Seniors dodge transit fare increase for one more year

Edmonton seniors who use city buses and trains to get around are getting a temporary reprieve from a steep hike to transit pass costs.

On Friday, city council members approved a motion that delays bumping up the cost of an annual transit pass for seniors from $136.50 to $374, but only for people who purchased a pass last year as well.

Seniors who haven’t purchased their 2020 pass yet will now be able to buy one at the 2019 price. However, a number of passes at the new price were already sold: refunds will be issued to those who paid the increase.

Ward 1 Coun. Andrew Knack made the motion to freeze the increase for a year after hearing from constituents frustrated by the change.

“Good to know that there were some folks who were able to handle that increase, but we heard from quite a number of seniors who were unable to handle that increase and who weren’t going to be buying it,” Knack said in an interview following the vote by council.

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