Life expectancy

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  1. timojin Valued Senior Member

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    Fear of ageing 'shortens your life'


    https://www.thelocal.ch/20160930/un-fear-of-ageing-shortens-your-life
    In a first-of-its-kind survey released by the Geneva-based World Health Organization, 60 percent of respondents said they believed older people "were not respected."

    Attitudes towards older people were more negative in richer countries, according to the data from more than 83,000 respondents, who were 18 years of age and older in 57 countries.

    The data confirms "that ageism is extremely common," said John Beard, WHO's head of Ageing and Life Course.

    He warned that discriminatory and negative views about older people can have sweeping consequences, including for younger people.

    "There is very good evidence that people who have negative views of themselves as they grow older... it shortens their lives," Beard told reporters.

    WHO cited recently published research indicating that "people who hold negative views about their own ageing, do not recover as well from disability and live on average 7.5 years less than people with positive attitudes."
     
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  3. Xelasnave.1947 Valued Senior Member

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    Old age does not worry me.
    I don't "feel" old.
    I have witnessed others younger than me change within a matter of months to a state you would call old.
    Only 3 cases but all had moved from their acreages to town and seemed like they lost their personal identity or personal view of themselves.

    Alex
     
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  5. paddoboy Valued Senior Member

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    Old!

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    It's simply a state of mind.
    I just recently returned from a trip to Fiji to visit the wife's family, and I literally lapped up the show of respect and dignity they showed me and as they show all their elders.
    Different at times to the respect shown to mature people back home.
    At times I am confronted with being called an old fart, or an old bastard, but I'm always quick to retaliate with the simple message that I'm at least there: they have to get there!

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    I still often go for a surf at my local beach, Maroubra, I still love looking [and contemplating

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    ] at the opposite sex that I find attractive, I still love a few beers, I'm always first up playing footy with the young grand Son, Nephews and Neices when they come over, I enjoy the twilight of my life to the fullest, and sometimes feel much younger.
     
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  7. cluelusshusbund + Public Dilemma + Valued Senior Member

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    I like livin but im ready to go when ever the Lord comes for me.!!!
     
  8. timojin Valued Senior Member

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    You, old dirty old man, It is good for your health
    I suppose you are born in 1947, You are a young kid
     
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  9. Xelasnave.1947 Valued Senior Member

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    Yes to both.
    My father now 94 is s great example of never say die.
    His attributes turn on a positive approach. His short term memory is terrible but so together on most stuff I fing him inspirational.
    I am positive also. It can work against you however cause I will still stand up for a fist fight.
    But I do have to remind myself my legs won't let me move away from incoming blows.

    Many Australians, the ones I have met, treat old folk with little respect.
    But where I shop, mainly Chinese but Australians nevertheless, they are very respectful.
    I find using a walking frame to get around folk treat me overly well.
    It becomes embarrassing I am not a cripple even though I can hardly walk.
    And again the positive is I am building a motorised Walker.
    Got it finished but ironing out some adjustments ...right now actually.
    There are non that exist at least on utube if there were that's where you would see one.
    But a wheel chair is too heavy for me to lift into my car and I shop to far away from home to use one of those little electric trolley things.
    It would seem to be a million dollar idea and so the chances are good someone will steal the idea and help millions with a similar situation to me.
    It has a platform so you can stand and motor along or sit and motor along plus a carry bag to place stuff you take from the shop to the car.
    So I see a greater benefit for others may come from my situation.
    Not that my legs worry me given the wonderful healthy active life I have had...
    I also think having a child at 50 yes old reset my body clock.
    As you can see from my photo the hair on my head has not turned grey...although you may think a baby at 51 should do that.
    I miss things like arm wrestling cause that was great to be able to beat kids one third my age...and sailing although I could still do that if I had the time but I look after Dad so I can't get away really.
    The astronomy has suffered cause the cold, the standing the bending makes it just unpleasant...
    What I find funny is how you don't feel old. I still will do an allnighter on the turps with the boys...under 25 group.
    They never call me old cause they know what's good for them.
    Alex
     

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