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  • Here's Why The Japanese Live So Long

    03/09/2015 8:04:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    The world’s oldest known man, Alexander Imich, born in 1903, died last June in New York. The torch will be passed to 111-year-old Sakari Momori, who comes from a country full of elderly people: Japan. The Guinness Book of World Records is investigating. That’s not really surprising. You’ve probably heard a similar story before: The Japanese have the highest life expectancy of any major country. Women on average live to 87 and men to 80 (compared to 81 years for American women and 76 for American men). The Japanese can live 75 of those years disability free and fully healthy,...
  • The Trillion-Dollar Pension Crisis Is Only Getting Worse Because People Are Living Too Long

    02/16/2015 10:47:39 AM PST · by blam · 22 replies
    BI ^ | 2-16-2014 | John Mauldin
    John Mauldin February 16, 2015We do not have to look to Greece to find massively underfunded obligations. Here in the US we can find hundreds of examples, willingly created by politicians and businessmen who proclaim they are working for the public good. We call them pension funds, but they’re just another form of unfunded debt. A sovereign bond is a promise to pay a certain amount of money over time. A defined-benefit pension fund is a promise to pay a certain amount of income over time. The value of either is determined by the ability of the government or the...
  • The happiness curve: The older people are, the happier they are

    12/09/2014 5:04:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/09/2014 | Robert Samuelson
    We all want to be happy, don’t we? Well, if you’re dissatisfied, frustrated or downright miserable, cheer up. There’s apparently a cure for you. Even better, it will materialize automatically. Just sit and wait; the very anticipation of its arrival might improve your spirits. The remedy: getting older. It’s counterintuitive. In our mind’s eye, old age is to be endured as much as enjoyed. People fear declining health, growing dependence and increasing social isolation. But on average, they also count themselves happier. Consult public opinion surveys, and that’s what you find. Almost 40 percent of Americans 65 and older rated themselves...
  • 11 Features You No Longer See in Cars

    02/14/2014 11:09:59 AM PST · by EveningStar · 258 replies
    Mental Floss ^ | February 11, 2014 | Kara Kovalchik
    It's hard to picture what today's teenagers will wax nostalgic about 30 years from now when they reminisce about their first car. (It still required gasoline, perhaps?) Who knows how automobiles will change in the future; what we do know is how different they are today from 30 or more years ago. If you fondly remember being surrounded by two or three tons of solid Detroit steel with a whip antenna on the front from which you could tie a raccoon tail or adorn with an orange Union 76 ball, and enough leg room that you didn't suffer from phlebitis...
  • Praying in Sickness and Old Age

    08/28/2010 3:36:55 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 8/27/2010 | Msgr Charles Pope
    Some of the elderly to whom I bring Communion as well as the sick express regret that their age or illness makes it difficult for them to pray.  In years gone by they were busy at work and raising kids and prayer was difficult then. But now that they have the time they regret they cannot concentrate enough to pray. Others struggle to be able to read any longer. Still others find that their memory has faded and prayers, once well known, are now gone and requests for prayer cannot be remembered.Indeed as the mind grows weaker prayer becomes difficult...
  • What's That Ticking Sound? The Male Biological Clock

    06/25/2011 3:01:06 PM PDT · by LucyT · 30 replies
    The Wall Street Journal Life and Culture ^ | June 25, 2011 | JENNIFER VANDERBES
    Older fathers made headlines several years ago when researchers at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine reported that a man over 40 is almost six times as likely as a man under 30 to father an autistic child. Since then, research has shown that a man's chances of fathering offspring with schizophrenia double when he hits 40 and triple at age 50. The incidence of bipolarity, epilepsy, prostate cancer and breast cancer also increases in children born to men approaching 40. Both dwarfism and Marfan syndrome (a disorder of the connective tissue) have been linked to older fathers, and according...
  • The Arrogance Of Youth v The Wisdom Of Old Age….

    05/08/2011 4:24:42 PM PDT · by sussex · 7 replies
    The Aged P.com ^ | 9/5/11 | the Aged P
    A rather precocious university student was irritated when the very old man sitting next to him on a bus asked him if he could possibly lower his voice while he was chatting to friends on his mobile phone. So he took it upon himself to point out why it was impossible for the older generation to understand his generation.
  • California inmate dies while awaiting execution

    02/28/2011 4:34:15 PM PST · by SmithL · 18 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 2/28/11
    Prison officials say an inmate at San Quentin State Prison has died of natural causes while awaiting execution for a 1994 slaying in Sacramento County. The state corrections department says Richard Ray Parson died at an outside hospital Monday. He was 67.
  • Scientists ferret out a key pathway for aging

    11/18/2010 9:39:08 AM PST · by FreeAtlanta · 21 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | 11/18/2010 | Tomas A. Prolla
    For decades, scientists have been searching for the fundamental biological secrets of how eating less extends lifespan. It has been well documented in species ranging from spiders to monkeys that a diet with consistently fewer calories can dramatically slow the process of aging and improve health in old age. But how a reduced diet acts at the most basic level to influence metabolism and physiology to blunt the age-related decline of tissues and cells has remained, for the most part, a mystery. Now, writing in the current online issue (Nov. 18) of the journal Cell, a team of scientists from...
  • Rising Food and Energy Costs to Add to Retirees’ Problems

    11/02/2010 6:55:58 AM PDT · by blam · 21 replies
    The Daily Reckonong ^ | 11-2-2010 | Bill Bonner
    Rising Food and Energy Costs to Add to Retirees’ Problems By Bill Bonner 11/01/10 Baltimore, Maryland – “Retirement Disaster Ahead,” says The Wall Street Journal. Yep. Too many retirees. Too little money. They’re counting on Social Security. But as we see above, government is going to have a hard time honoring its commitments. The other thing that is happening is that some basic costs – namely food and energy – are going up, even as the consumer price index stays flat. Why are food and energy becoming more expensive? Because the foreigners are buying food and energy. And there are...
  • Smoking killed me': Pensioner issues final warning... on the back of his funeral hearse.

    03/02/2010 7:24:10 PM PST · by GSP.FAN · 20 replies · 683+ views
    Daily mail ^ | 2nd March 2010 | Daily mail
    Smoker: Albert 'Dick' Whittamore He died aged 85 on February 16 in William Harvey Hospital in Ashford following a heart attack and was buried today. He blamed his ill health on his addiction to tobacco in his youth.
  • To Those of Us Born Between 1925-1970

    02/06/2010 8:02:54 AM PST · by Dallas · 154 replies · 4,042+ views
    An email I recieved
    No matter what our kids and the new generation think about us, WE ARE AWESOME !!! OUR LIFE IS LIVING PROOF !!!     To Those of    Us Born   1925 - 1970  :   At the end of this email is a quote of the month by Jay Leno.. If you don't read anything else, please     read what he said.   Very well stated, Mr.. Leno. ~~~~~~~~~ TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED THE 1930s, '40s, '50s, '60s and '70s!!   First, we survived being born to mothers who may have smoked and/or drank while they were...
  • A Biblical Meditation on Old Age

    12/18/2009 10:48:04 AM PST · by GonzoII · 262+ views
    adw.org ^ | Dec 18 2009 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    One of the more beautiful passages in the Old Testament is the 12th Chapter of Ecclesiastes. It is a melancholy but soulful meditation on old age. It’s poetic imagery is masterful as it draws from the increasingly difficult effects of old age such as hearing loss, fading eyesight, difficulty walking, digestive issues, even gray hair. I’d like to present it here in totality and present commentary below the text: Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come And the years approach of which you will say, I have no pleasure in them...
  • The Centenarian: Arthur Warner McNair

    06/24/2009 1:33:12 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 1 replies · 496+ views
    He's one hundred years old and his long hands, once strong, are growing translucent. He does not so much sit in his wheelchair as he is held upright and aslant by straps. Even awake his eyes are shut against the glare and the blur of the florescent lights in the roof of the home. His meals of pureed food are spoon fed to him by attendants who speak to him in the tones he once used, long ago, on his infant children. When the drapes in his room are partially opened they reveal a view of a gravel roof, exhaust...
  • At the Bridge Table, Clues to a Lucid Old Age

    05/22/2009 8:06:24 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 13 replies · 883+ views
    times. ^ | May 21, 2009 | BENEDICT CAREY
    LAGUNA WOODS, Calif. — The ladies in the card room are playing bridge, and at their age the game is no hobby. It is a way of life, a daily comfort and challenge, the last communal campfire before all goes dark. “We play for blood,” says Ruth Cummins, 92, before taking a sip of Red Bull at a recent game. “It’s what keeps us going,” adds Georgia Scott, 99. “It’s where our closest friends are.” In recent years scientists have become intensely interested in what could be called a super memory club — the fewer than one in 200 of...
  • Look in their eyes- seems to be vacant. A discussion of Alzheimer disease amongst Freepers.

    12/02/2007 7:31:53 PM PST · by mojo114 · 72 replies · 235+ views
    A Party brought together the family. I have not seen my sister in two year's and I was shocked. My sister is 67 yrs old but was very busy and vibrant, travels the world with her husband.
  • (Vanity) Political Limerick 2-25-2007

    02/25/2007 5:44:03 AM PST · by grey_whiskers · 3 replies · 205+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 2-25-2007 | grey_whiskers
    See for example this thread first. He lived to a hundered and seven by no sex? Is that hell or heaven "The little blue pill" must make men quite ill. Way to go, guy! (Film at eleven.)
  • The can lady...

    09/07/2006 7:53:38 PM PDT · by pickrell · 6 replies · 803+ views
    07-September-2006 | Ron Pickrell
    The 'can lady', as she was called by so many who certainly recognized a community fixture when they saw one for the three hundredth time, walked the neighborhoods and the business strip every morning at first light, picking up the occasional discarded aluminum can, and the occasional currency and coin, lying upon the city's sidewalks and streets. Many observers may have felt a pang of angst that society did not provide social services to prevent such a sad fate. Some may even have tried to 'remedy' the old lady's perilous situation through the mechanisms of government. Any who did would...
  • Methuselah Project! The cure to old age?

    04/19/2005 7:45:55 AM PDT · by SouthernBoyupNorth · 12 replies · 773+ views
    Live Science ^ | 11 Apr 2005 | Ker Than
    Time may indeed be on your side. If you can just last another quarter century. By then, people will start lives that could last 1,000 years or more. Our human genomes will be modified to include the genetic material of microorganisms that live in the soil, enabling us to break down the junk proteins that our cells amass over time and which they can’t digest on their own. People will have the option of looking and feeling the way they did at 20 for the rest of their lives, or opt for an older look if they get bored. Of...
  • Bikini babes: Beautiful and boring

    02/20/2005 11:02:37 AM PST · by Willie Green · 168 replies · 11,168+ views
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | Sunday, February 20, 2005 | Tom Purcell
    It's not working for me this year. The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue just isn't working. We're told this issue will generate $50 million in ad sales, calendars, television shows and other spin-offs, but I think more people are thinking and feeling precisely what I am: The concept is tired and played out. Surely you've heard about the history of this issue. In 1964, the editors wanted to do something to draw readers during February. With football over and baseball not yet begun, readership usually plunged. So on Jan. 20, 1964, they launched the first swimsuit issue -- a cover shot...
  • The Prophet of Immortality

    12/11/2004 8:31:49 AM PST · by Momaw Nadon · 24 replies · 1,831+ views
    Popular Science ^ | January 2005 Issue | Joseph Hooper
    Controversial theorist Aubrey de Grey insists that we are within reach of an engineered cure for aging. Are you prepared to live forever? On this glorious spring day in Cambridge, England, the heraldic flags are flying from the stone towers, and I feel like I could be in the 17th century—or, as I pop into the Eagle Pub to meet University of Cambridge longevity theorist Aubrey de Grey, the 1950s. It was in this pub, after all, that James Watson and Francis Crick met regularly for lunch while they were divining the structure of DNA and where, in February 1953,...
  • 'We will be able to live to 1,000'

    12/03/2004 6:38:26 AM PST · by Momaw Nadon · 101 replies · 2,861+ views
    BBC News Online ^ | Friday, December 3, 2004 | Dr, Aubrey de Grey
    Life expectancy is increasing in the developed world. But Cambridge University geneticist Aubrey de Grey believes it will soon extend dramatically to 1,000. Here, he explains why. Ageing is a physical phenomenon happening to our bodies, so at some point in the future, as medicine becomes more and more powerful, we will inevitably be able to address ageing just as effectively as we address many diseases today. I claim that we are close to that point because of the SENS (Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence) project to prevent and cure ageing. It is not just an idea: it's a very...
  • Seniors Pack Heat for Protection

    02/03/2004 9:23:33 AM PST · by neverdem · 25 replies · 171+ views
    FOXNEWS.COM ^ | February 03, 2004 | NA
    <p>Dorothy Maddock's eyes aren't what they used to be and she's hard of hearing, but like many seniors she refuses to be a victim and is packing heat for protection.</p> <p>"The idiots that are out there, they don't care about us, what we have," said retiree Maddock. "They'd just as soon kill us for a buck than look at us."</p>
  • 'Get off your butts,' says LaLanne, 89

    01/16/2004 6:43:30 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 50 replies · 510+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 1/16/04 | Daisy Nguyen
    Dismissing old age as a myth, Jack LaLanne, TV's first fitness guru, says old folks should get out of their easy chairs and ''work at living.'' At 89, he hits the gym every day at 5 a.m., lifts weights and swims for two hours. ''The only way you hurt your body is not using it. That's the killer: inactivity,'' LaLanne said recently at his home on the central California coast. ''Sitting around on your big fat butt and thinking about the good old days. You've got to work at living. Take care of the most important thing in your life...
  • Unproven Elixir - Headed Downhill - Can Hormones Counter Aging?

    05/15/2003 8:31:27 AM PDT · by TaxRelief · 6 replies · 271+ views
    Science News ^ | Week of May 10, 2003; Vol. 163, No. 19 | Ben Harder
    If this article seems too long, or you are wondering what the conservative angle is, just jump to the summary in the comment field, below. Unproven Elixir Hormone therapy tempts aging men, but its risks haven't yet been reckoned With each passing birthday, Mr. Y feels increasingly frail. His bones have grown fragile, his strength has slipped, and his muscles have given way to fat. His sex drive has waned, and his once-keen mind seems perpetually fogged. He often feels gloomy. Vigor has turned to fatigue, zest to melancholy. In body and in mind, he has grown old. While advanced...
  • Old age's mental slowdown may be reversible (GABA)

    05/01/2003 5:35:52 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 52 replies · 2,383+ views
    NewScientist.com ^ | May 1, 2003 | New Scientist News
    The slowdown of the brain with old age is due to the lack of a brain chemical which helps neurons to be selective about what they respond to, reveals research involving the world's oldest monkeys. Higher brain functions, such as visual recognition or understanding language, require the processing of information in the brain but decline as people get older. This decline appears to be due to a reduction in a neurotransmitter called GABA, say researchers, which means neurons with specific tasks become more easily fired by some other stimulus. Macaque monkeys, with an age equivalent to 90-years in humans, were...
  • Japan's baby food firms target elderly in taste test

    03/08/2003 7:09:19 PM PST · by MadIvan · 10 replies · 294+ views
    Scotland on Sunday ^ | March 9, 2003 | BEN STUART
    BABY food manufacturers in Japan have come up with a novel idea to safeguard their future in the face of a rapidly declining birth-rate - marketing their products to the elderly. The innovative and potentially lucrative strategy has seen the use of discrete elderly-friendly advertising on the type of food that would traditionally be aimed at babies and children. As Shy Hamada, 64, remarks, while perusing the appetising array of ready-to-eat food on display at his local supermarket in Tokyo: "If it’s soft and nutritious, why not?" After all, both sets of customers - whether they spend most of their...