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Old 09-20-2011, 05:49 AM
 
Location: The New England part of Ohio
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I am duly frightened. I am 51, and the deaths of Eleanor Mondale and Kara Kennedy have really caught my attention.

Your theory is interesting Curmogeon. I agree with you that there is no job loyalty. My husband lost his business and is underemployed. We have both found age discrimination to be rampant and difficult to prove. I agree with all that you have written, and I have my own theories, involving critical ages. I also think that staying involved and connected with others, contributes to longevity.

I am thinking of returning to school for my Masters, in a field where I will not be at the proclivities of industry. I also think that keeping one's mind, as well as one's body engaged, is important. It's way more than just "going to the gym" - although keeping fit is obviously important.

Does anyone else know about the "Critical Age" concept, or have any other theories? My children are still in their teens, and I want to be here for a long long time.
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Old 09-20-2011, 07:14 AM
 
Location: In a house
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I'm 50 and doing pretty well. My "internal" systems (organs, nerves, muscles) are in good shape. My bones aren't so great but most of it is the result of time after multiple serious injuries a few decades ago. Considering that I -should- be in a wheelchair by now, I'd say I'm doing great. And getting better, since I'm back at the gym and attempting to eat more appropriately.
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Old 09-20-2011, 09:17 AM
 
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I am duly frightened. I am 51, and the deaths of Eleanor Mondale and Kara Kennedy have really caught my attention.
Why would you be frightened?

Eleanor Mondale had brain cancer when she was 45 and Kara Kennedy had lung cancer at the age of 42. Neither of these are age related.
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Old 09-20-2011, 09:38 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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I know only a few people who died in their 50s and they had the same characteristics: obese, overworked, racist, caucasian, conservative, single or divorced, stressed to the hilt, drank too much, unfulfilled, boring, no kids or estranged from their kids, problems with the opposite sex, socially isolated, and either type-A or insecure personalities.

I don't buy into the suggestion that the 50s is a particularly risky time in a person's life. Quite the contrary in fact.
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Old 09-20-2011, 04:13 PM
 
Location: Boca Raton, FL
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Smile Agree with you on this!!

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All we can do is the best we can to minimize risks, but I tell you after seeing how some people live in an advanced stage of age, I think I'd just as soon not live to be that old.
Totally agree. I was at an event recently - alone - and since I have vision problems, usually I have someone with me. However, I went alone and I felt so alone, so inept and just like someone bumbling along. I thought - I'm only in my 50's - what's going to happen when I'm in my 90's? The thought made me incredibly scared.

At this event - I enjoyed it but for the first time felt my time had passed.
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Old 09-20-2011, 09:49 PM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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Default Who Have You Outlived?

There is an interesting website:

Dead or Alive?

You can type in a famous person's name - like Mickey Rooney, or instance - and they tell you if he is dead and when he died and the cause of death; or if he is still alive. (I chose Mickey Rooney because he is very much alive and in just 2 days he will be celebrating his 91st birthday).

There is also a "button" you can click on to find out who you have "outlived" ... meaning according to your age. I am 57 and I have now already outlived Patrick Swayze, James Coco, Humphrey Bogart, and Betty Grable.

It's cool ... check it out!
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Old 09-21-2011, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Genetics pay a huge role in your longevity. Many people simply drop dead from a heart attack because their genes dictated that's how it would be.

I'm an RN in an ED and I see lots of people on a daily basis. I see the marathoner who drops dead at 50 and the long time smoker who didn't look after themselves live to be 70.
Yes, of course genetics play a huge role in our longevity, but so does lifestyle. The epidemiological studies tell us so, and the studies have "seen" (i.e., recorded) many more cases than you or any person working in clinical medicine will ever see in a lifetime.
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Old 09-21-2011, 09:01 PM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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Meme - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Get it?
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Old 09-27-2011, 07:59 AM
 
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I'm turning 52 this October. Stopped smoking cigarettes but use electronic cigarette instead. Not sure if they are any better for you but I sure do feel like I can breathe again. FDA won't endorse them because they haunt had sufficient time to test them. I googles list of ingredients for both, e-cigs have 4 ingredients compared to over 4000 for traditional cigarettes
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Old 09-27-2011, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Wyoming
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I know only a few people who died in their 50s and they had the same characteristics: obese, overworked, racist, caucasian, conservative, single or divorced, stressed to the hilt, drank too much, unfulfilled, boring, no kids or estranged from their kids, problems with the opposite sex, socially isolated, and either type-A or insecure personalities.

I don't buy into the suggestion that the 50s is a particularly risky time in a person's life. Quite the contrary in fact.
My late wife died suddenly at age 51, and the only characteristic she shared with your list was that she was Caucasian, assuming you meant light skin by that. (She was of Spanish and Swedish descent.) I'd guess that about 90 percent of the population would share at least one of your characteristics.

But I'd agree that the 50s are not a particularly risky age. Most who make it to their 50s will make it to their 80s.
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