He did not neglect his responsibilities to others. "My debts, which I hope will not be large, and my funeral charges, which I hope will be very small, must be paid by my executors" (p. 641). He maintained his sense of humor and perhaps vitality for the opposite sex as well. Upon the visit of an old flame, Hannah Quincy Lincoln Storer, Adams exclaimed, "What! Madam…shall we not go walk in Cupid’s Grove together?" (p. 641). Yes, among his last words were, "Thomas Jefferson survives me," yet they probably were not uttered in bitterness. Upon learning that the fourth of July had arrived in 1826 (both Adams and Jefferson died that day), he exclaimed, "It is a great day. It is a good day" (p. 646). In summary, Adams appears to be the epitome of what we euphemistically label "successful aging" today. He was alert, he was relatively healthy, he maintained extensive social contacts (scored high on social support scales), he exhibited wisdom, and he optimized the abilities he possessed (9).