NEW OLD PEOPLE ARE GOING TO SUCK
At least that's what comedian Lachlan Paterson says. Some of his routine made me laugh – ageism is a tricky business. What do you think?
LATEST IN THE NYT OLDEST OLD SERIES
For several years years, one of the finest reporters at The New York Times, John Leland, has been hanging out with six old, old people in New York City to report on their lives in a series of excellent stories. (Here is a page with links to the individual stories).
The series also resulted in a book, Happiness Is a Choice You Make: Lessons from a Year Among the Oldest Old.
Leland's latest update on his subjects was published last week. One of them, 95-year-old Ruth Willig,
”...gave thanks for larger gifts this year: as she stayed mostly the same, her family changed around her.
“'I dare not talk about not surviving,' she said one afternoon in her apartment, where balloons in the shape of a 9 and 5 held their last whiffs of helium. 'My children, my son especially, say, “Oh, Ma, you’re going to keep going forever.” 'The thought of my passing is very upsetting to him.'
“Ms. Willig could not help noting the passage of time, especially the absence of her three siblings. Once the youngest, she was now the last of her generation. 'It’s weird to be the only one left, it really is,' she said. I can’t really call anyone: do you remember this? It was not easy at first. I’m getting used to it.'”
Here's a short video from early 2018 of John Leland explaining what he has learned about facing death from his series subjects:
SOMETHING TO ENTERTAIN THE GRANDKIDS
TGB reader, Celia Andrews sent this video of some ideas to get the grandkids off their tablets and other screens:
U.S. FERTILITY DROPS FOR SEVENTH YEAR IN A ROW
...and way too many places are reporting this change as a disaster: From The Daily Beast:
“It may not be all doom and gloom, said Donna Strobino, a professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. 'I think it may stabilize once women who have been postponing pregnancy have the births they are planning to have.'”
Doom and gloom? It's a huge part of climate change that there are way too many people for our poor ol' stretched-to-the-limit planet to support.
U.S. CANCER DEATH NUMBERS DROP
...since its peak of 215.1 American deaths per 100,000 people in 1991, the cancer death rate dropped steadily by about 1.5% per year to 156 per 100,000 people in 2016, an overall decline of 27%.
The is good news for individuals but also probably wipes out the gains from lower birth rate. A more detailed report at CNN.
HISTORY OF THE WORLD ACCORDING TO CATS
Well, the headline is a bit of a misnomer – it's more just a history cat and human interaction through the eons.
VANCE HINDS' AMAZING WEIGHT LOSS
Wow. And I thought it was a struggle to lose 40-odd pounds in one year a few years back. This guy had lot further to go than I did and his progress is remarkable. Take a look:
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN INVENTED THE ROCKING CHAIR
I knew Ben Franklin invented a lot of things we still use today but when I bought my new rocking chair, I had no idea that Ben Franklin invented it.
You can read a list of lot more interesting stuff he invented at Mental Floss.
BABY DEER RESCUE AND RELEASE
This video is longer than I usually post – 17 minutes – but I think it's worth your time. It will make you feel good.
There is a follow-up video one year later here..
Interesting Stuff is a weekly listing of short takes and links to web items that have caught my attention; some related to aging and some not, some useful and others just for fun.
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