Having enjoyed a couple of birthday parties for my 94th, I have the pleasure of being one of those living past the average age, which today
is a bit over 78 years.
Our society is getting older, as more and more
of us creep over the average. It makes us wonder how long babies born this year will live.
Scientists are looking hard at what makes humans live long, at their genes. It seems that one of them, APOE e3, helped slow the aging process, and today is carried by from 60 to 90 percent of the populace.
The October Scientific American carries the story of the investigations. They have found, for example, that atherosclerosis isn’t just a modern disease. It showed up in old mummies. Anyway, I did like my parties.
But just wait for the 95th!