What 70 Means

Life in the Boomer Lane

happybirthdaycakefire1 (1)For thousands of years, people didn’t know what it meant to be 70-years-old. Large, surly animals, rotted teeth, and the plague were all standing by to end life well before that magic number. If you are inclined to believe the bible, a man named Methuselah lived 969 years.  Meth, as he was affectionately called, was the grandfather of Noah and, most likely thousands of other people as well. He fathered Lamech when he was 187 years old. Lamech fathered Noah when he was 182 years old. Noah, himself,  was 600 years old when the Flood appeared. If all these numbers are bunching up in your brain, causing it to forget simple things like where the remote is, you are in luck. Since the bible, no one has lived nearly that long, except perhaps Zsa Zsa Gabor.

Nowadays, life expectancy is about 70 years, for the very oldest boomers. This may come as…

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