“Rita Mizak (top left), YMCA aquatics instructor, leads a water walking class Friday May 18, 2018, for local retired professikonals who have been taking the class for 30 years.” – photo by Thomas Slusser – The Tribune-Democrat
by Randy Griffith
“It’s not your grandparents’ old age.
“With access to clean water, vaccinations, waste removal, electricity and refrigerators, people are not only surviving to live longer, they are remaining active and living better in their senior years.
“As the late George Burns famously said: ‘You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old.’
“Some are calling it the longevity revolution.
“Based on current life expectancy and average health quality, the World Health Organizations suggests that people in developed nations are ‘young’ until they are 65, ‘middle aged’ up to 79 and ‘elderly’ until they hit 100. Then they are ‘long-lived elderly.’”
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