A lady went to a doctor as to what she’d have to do to live to be 150 years of age. The physician inquired of her lifestyle and she checked positive for all of the usual: lots of bodily exercise, lots of organic food, lots of meditative sleep, etc. “So then,” the woman said, “Will I live to be a century-and-a-half?” The medic replied, “No, but you will certainly feel like you have!”
When you study aging, a difference must be made between life expectancy and life span. Life expectancy is based upon the total number of people living and dying in any given generation. For instance, in the early 1900s the life expectancy of the average Canadian was around 45 years of age and in the early 2000s the life expectancy of the average Canadian was around 75 years of age (a thirty-year increase due to advances in medical care). However, life span is different. It is based upon how long you can expect to live if you make it to old age. And that has never changed – so if you made it to old age in the early 1900s you were most likely going to die in your 70s or 80s, and if you made it to old age in the early 2000s you were still most likely to die in your 70s or 80s. And therein lies one of the great historical myths, that people long ago were lucky if they lived to their 30th birthday. Not so. Look at these ages of death from 2,000 years ago: Socrates (70), Tertullian (72), Jerome (73), Augustine (76), Augustus (77), Tiberias (79), Plato (80), etc. The only difference between then and now is there are more of us making it to 70/80, but still few much farther
All this has significance because of the modern day thinking that if we have raised the average age Canadians can expect to live from 45 to 75 in the past 100 years, then we can also count on raising the average age Canadians can expect to live from 75 to 110 in the next 100 years, and then from 110 to 140 in the century after that and so on. Not so, says the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. According to medical researchers there, numbers from the International Database on Human Mortality and Longevity show we’ve reached the limit of average life expectancy at age 85. That the past decade’s advancements have proceeded at less than a snail’s pace due to an inherent life-span limit buried in the human genome. As one researcher put it, “It’s as if someone has put a built-in wall of mortality inside all of us that modern medicine simply cannot overcome.”
And who would that be? God. The Bible says in Psalm 90:10 the average longevity of man is 70-80 years (just 1 in 10,000 people make it to age 100).
The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.
THE HOUR OF DEATH
✓Note – More people will die at 11:00 a.m. than at any other time of the day. So if you’re able to make it past this morning’s opening hymn, congratulations, you are probably good for another day!