I may make it to 80

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    Oct 05, 2013 7:04 PM GMT
    Take the Age Calulator Test

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    Oct 05, 2013 8:29 PM GMT
    I've known several people who've made it to 80 and beyond and who don't exercise regularly. Genetics is the overriding factor. Regular exercise just makes old age more bearable; you're not all crotchety and bent over walking with a cane, getting osteoporosis, etc.
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    Oct 05, 2013 9:06 PM GMT
    By definition, people who are 80 didn't grow up spending their lives watching TV or sitting in front of a computer screen eating cheetos and drinking soda pop. icon_rolleyes.gif At least not yet.

    ... Although my Mother is 77 and that's pretty much all she's ever done. Thanks, medical science.

    BTW: That silly calculator claims that I'm half my age and might expect to see 102 - just like most of my Great Grandparents. What nonsense.
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    Oct 05, 2013 9:28 PM GMT
    I had a great uncle (by marriage) who died at 91 (born in 1900, died in 1991). He never did any exercising. After he had his first heart attack (in his 80s) he started doing some easy walking around the block. But almost all of his time was spent in the easy chair in front of the tv. My great aunt, his sister-in-law, my dad's other aunt, lived to her mid 80s and she was overweight and never did any exercising.
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    Oct 05, 2013 9:30 PM GMT
    According to most of these calculators I've used I'm already dead. Individual genetics and modern medicine are factors these life expectancy calculators really can't incorporate, not to mention purely random external influences. They can only give broad actuarial findings, that still allow for wide individual variances, of either shorter or longer lifespans.
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    Oct 05, 2013 9:53 PM GMT
    ART_DECO saidAccording to most of these calculators I've used I'm already dead. Individual genetics and modern medicine are factors these life expectancy calculators really can't incorporate, not to mention purely random external influences. They can only give broad actuarial findings, that still allow for wide individual variances, of either shorter or longer lifespans.


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    Oct 05, 2013 10:11 PM GMT
    63. That's good to know.
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    Oct 06, 2013 3:58 AM GMT
    All my immediate family are gone.Most died from what I would call their "own hand" .They were not poor white trash.Most were educated and had decent jobs but many killed themselves through drinking,poor eating and one through drugs in which he caught Hep C in the 1970's and it killed him after he was clean from drugs for over 20 years.Meanwhile my mom who drank,smoked (but not heavy) and was always somewhat overweight has made it to 81 after almost dying of cancer in 2010.I am amazed she has made it to 81.I give thanks to Almighty God for his kindness and mercy.It is sad when people destroy their lives by their own actions.It is selfish and cruel to their family.Ryan.
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    Oct 06, 2013 4:23 AM GMT
    It tells me I'll make it to 92.


    Not sure I want to live that long.
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    Oct 06, 2013 4:30 AM GMT
    WickedRyan saidAll my immediate family are gone.Most died from what I would call their "own hand" .They were not poor white trash.Most were educated and had decent jobs but many killed themselves through drinking,poor eating and one through drugs in which he caught Hep C in the 1970's and it killed him after he was clean from drugs for over 20 years.Meanwhile my mom who drank,smoked (but not heavy) and was always somewhat overweight has made it to 81 after almost dying of cancer in 2010.I am amazed she has made it to 81.I give thanks to Almighty God for his kindness and mercy.It is sad when people destroy their lives by their own actions.It is selfish and cruel to their family.Ryan.


    As noted above, most of my Great Grandparents lived to around 100. They lived out in the middle of nowhere, and ate stuff that they grew themselves. Although infant mortality was high, those that survived childhood seemed to be indestructible None of them smoked or drank. ("Little Grandpa" famously could get wasted off a dose of cough syrup.)

    The next two generations moved to the cities. They smoked from age 10, drank from age 15, and did all sorts of other things that used to be legal. Of course, there was that Great Depression thing, too. (Both of my parents were premature babies during the depression - not expected to survive, but somehow they did*.) You can see it in the family photos. They looked like they were 80 when they were 50. Most of them kicked off between 50 and 70. If not "by their own hand," then at least by the lifestyle they lived.

    * Off topic, but my GGma's favorite story. When my Gma had "the miscarriage," they rushed her off to town in the model T to try to save her life. Nobody gave a thought to the "mess." (Infant mortality was common.) GGma fished my Dad out of the afterbirth, put him in a shoebox, and slipped him into the oven of the wood-burning stove. She kept him warm all weekend, fed him cow milk, and somehow he survived. Of course, there prolly wasn't a lot of oxygen in there... icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Oct 06, 2013 5:14 AM GMT
    104.4

    Do I get another couple of years for being a Republican?
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    Oct 06, 2013 5:19 AM GMT
    freedomisntfree said104.4

    Do I get another couple of years for being a Republican?


    No, but you may get to be a severed head on Futurama.
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    Oct 06, 2013 5:31 AM GMT
    80.7 for me!

    Though I don't like being told that my "virtual age" is 17.3 icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Oct 06, 2013 5:43 AM GMT
    My dad was never very active, mostly just sits around but is doing pretty well, has some mobility issues but still drives during the day only, takes his walks, has a full head of hair and his mind intact. I just arranged flights with my brother to visit for his upcoming 85th.

    A number of his older cousins still work and as do many elders on my mom's side. I think my father would have stayed in better shape longer had he continued working.

    Though I've one line from great grandparents who don't make it past mid 70s (sadly, my mom included), the other three lines live into their 80s & 90s, often with few or no health problems until, of course, the end. The last aunt to die was mid 90s (smoked through her 60s) and did volunteer work as a hospital candy striper, if I remember right, into her 80s. Most of the family keeps in good shape. There's very little obesity in the family with only one cousin that I can think of with a serious weight problem.

    The most athletic was my grandpa who had an excellent bod into his 70s but he didn't make it past there, being in that one line that doesn't live long. So I have no idea which way it's gonna go. I might have only 20 years left or I might have 40 or a little beyond that, assuming each generation lives a bit longer than the past. Makes it impossible to plan for older ages so I just plan on an even 100 if at all.

    And within the next 40 years, who knows what happens if science extends telomeres or whatever. Or if I'll get hit by a bus tomorrow. That calculator tells me mid 90s and it's fun to have a look and get some guidance but, really, for the most part, life is crap shoot.
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    Oct 06, 2013 5:47 AM GMT
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    freedomisntfree said104.4

    Do I get another couple of years for being a Republican?


    No, but you may get to be a severed head on Futurama.


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    Oct 06, 2013 6:21 AM GMT
    My grandmum is 80 now, she just eat everything she can and she takes a walk in the park for 30 minutes everyday.
    I guess the older generation has a better gene than the younger generation.
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    Oct 06, 2013 6:28 AM GMT
    90 is good for me icon_smile.gif virtual age 8 lol
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    Oct 06, 2013 6:41 AM GMT
    96.4 years for me. So sad, I really planned to make it to 100.
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    Oct 06, 2013 6:52 AM GMT
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    26mileman said96.4 years for me. So sad, I really planned to make it to 100.

    You'll still be sexy at 96.4, G.


    I'll invite you over for a gin/tonic on the front porch at 96.4 icon_cool.gif
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    Oct 06, 2013 2:33 PM GMT
    My grandma died yesterday. No condolences needed - she was 103. All she did was sleep, so to her there's no difference, except that she doesn't have to be bothered by a nurse trying to feed her or whatever. She was a cool lady.

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    Oct 06, 2013 2:35 PM GMT
    74.4 icon_sad.gif I know the changes I need to make.

    It is interesting to retake the test and make all the best behavior choices (Don't change your answer for the one's you really can't change like family history, because you really don't have any control over those). Then, you can see how changing your behavior now can add years to your life. When I made all the best behavior choices, I made it to 104.4. It's no mystery:
    1. eat right
    2. exercise (be very active)
    3. get enough sleep
    4. learn to be in a positive mood, including maximizing happiness, reducing stress and anxiety, and meditating
    5. have great relationships with friends
    6. be safe, especially in how you drive
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    Oct 06, 2013 2:41 PM GMT
    My virtual age was 40.3. I am 37 - about to turn 38. I am OK with that. It has tested worse before. I have had a rough year, so some of those factors played a role right now.

    Once I get back to the gym that will improve.

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    My life expectancy was 71.1.
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    Oct 06, 2013 3:05 PM GMT
    My partner & I are aiming for him to make 100. His mother lasted to almost 99, but on the other hand a heart attack took his father at the same age I am today. icon_eek.gif

    Heart disease is rife in his family, and 2 of his sisters are already dead. His brother has had bypass surgery and a pacemaker, barely holding on at 87. His younger sister has heart problems at 77. Yet his mother had a major heart attack at 74 and was active for another 25 years.

    He just had a triple bypass earlier this year, and may need a pacemaker like his brother. He also had a double stroke last year, but miraculously recovered with no residuals whatsoever.

    Aristoshark saw him the other night, I'll bet he'd say he'd never guess my husband had a major stroke (overlooking his inherent speech impediments as a Boston Italian). He's 15 years older than me and I assure him he'll outlive me, if only by choice to get a break from him. LOL!

    And my own parents lived to 76 (mother - heart attack), and 86 (father - cancer & heart). Both would have lived longer but for their aversion to doctors & hospitals, resulting in late diagnoses of treatable conditions. I haven't made that same mistake.

    So I think lifespan still remains a crapshoot on some levels. No reason to be careless and throw our lives away, but neither will the longevity tricks work for some of us. I think a balance of quality of life tempered by sensible behavior is a good formula for a lot of people, and the one I try to follow most closely myself.
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    Oct 06, 2013 3:12 PM GMT
    94.2 .... not sure I want to live that long haha. Once you get to the point where you can't take care of yourself, I'd be happy to go.
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    Oct 06, 2013 8:56 PM GMT
    95.. My virtual age is 5.9. icon_razz.gif