I was scanning the news this morning as I always do….of course there is another school shooting in California….and the House and Senate are pissed at each other once again…in other words, it’s just another normal day in the United States.
Then I saw an article about people who live to be 100 or more, and what they have in common.
Well, over 65% of people over 100 are women. No surprise there as we have known for quite some time that women on average live longer than men.
We find out that most live in cities; it seems that cities offer more mental stimulation for the aged.
We find out that an overwhelming number are white. Again, in the United States this is no surprise.
Finally, we find out that the majority live with other family members.
It is the last of these that I found interesting.
I don’t know the statistics, but I would guess that the United States leads the world in the number of nursing homes. Where many other countries have large extended families that live together, and where the elderly are revered, it is not so in the United States. Here it seems, and again I have no proof of this, but it seems that more and more of the elderly are rushed off to a nursing home as soon as they can’t take care of themselves. What’s the reason for that? I have no idea! Are Americans too busy to be bothered with their old grandma and grandpa? Are they so busy working two jobs to pay off the credit debt that they don’t have time for loved ones?
Anyway, I found it interesting that living with family helps you to live longer. Seems the power of love is quite a significant power after all. J
Living Simple….one of the major tenants is the love of family, and making family the first priority.