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DO WE THINK OF MOBILITY AND FLEXIBILITY AS PHYSICAL PHENOMENA? OR, ARE THEY MENTAL AND SPIRITUAL ENDOWMENTS?
TOWARD A CHANCE-FREE LIFE EXPECTANCY
ADVERTISING PLAYS A USEFUL ROLE in connecting customers with products and services. But if you were to do a "reverse TiVo" this evening—recording a program-free string of commercials, instead of vice versa—you might think that Americans, and especially the country's older generations, live in a very risky world. Thirty-second spots for auto insurance project the likelihood of accidents. Some investment service ads predict untimely death. Cosmetics advertising plays on chances for recapturing lost youth.
Prescription drug ads push even more fear-of-frailty buttons—mental images of weakening bones and painful joints, deficient hormones and balky bowels, and unsavory scenarios for just about every other organ and bodily system. All because—so goes the underlying theme—we grow more vulnerable as we grow older.
Apparently, no one has convinced turtles and tortoises that aging requires bodily deterioration. Perhaps you heard recently about the Galapagos tortoise named Harriet, who lived to the quite reasonable earth-age of 176. "Behind such biblical longevity," The New York Times reported, "is the turtle's stubborn refusal to senesce—to grow old.... Researchers lately have been astonished to discover that in contrast to nearly every other animal studied, a turtle's organs do not gradually break down or become less efficient over time" (Natalie Angier, "All but Ageless, Turtles Face Their Biggest Threat: Humans," December 12, 2006).
with contributions from PAT ARRINGTON, GEORGE KING, ED HURTER, PETER GLADDEN, BRIAN C. MURPHY, JACKIE RIEGEL
BILL DAWLEY, EDITOR
ITEMS OF INTEREST
with contributions from Tim Johnson, George Barna
SPIRITUALITY and the longevity frontier
Never too late to participate
WRITTEN FOR THE SENTINEL
shaping a way of life
Ingrid Peschke with contributions from DOREEN BLUMHARDT
'as young as your faith'
witness to the presence of Love
KYLE WILEY PICKETT
Da Vinci had a hand in my stand for truth
MARY ELLEN EDWARDS
I was so amazed
FATHERHOOD COMES WITH DIVINE RESOURCES
BABY BOOMERS AND A FUTURE SECURITY
DEBILITATING PAIN AND INCAPACITY PERMANENTLY HEALED
SPEECH AND MOVEMENT QUICKLY REGAINED
NEVER OUT OF STEP WITH GOD