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Monday, 7 November 2016

Old age

In his book about a utopia, Republic, Plato pictured the ideal state where men live to a healthy old age on a vegetarian diet of bread (wholemeal bread ground from local wheat), cheese, fruit, vegetables and olives.

Queen Elizabeth I  if England was subconscious in her old age about her black teeth so she stuffed a silk handkerchief into her mouth before appearing in public.

The word "whiskey" comes from the Gaelic word "usquebaugh", which means the "water of life" because alchemists were convinced that whiskey was the long-sought cure for old age.

That "old person smell" is actually caused by a chemical, called 2-nonenal, that old people secrete through their skin.

One in four people will be drawing pension by the year 2029.

Four out of five people over 100 years old are women.

Old Woman Dozing by Nicolaes Maes (1656). Royal Museums of Fine Arts, Brussels

The State of New Mexico exempts people 100 years of age or older from paying income taxes.

100 year old citizens of Barbados have their portrait printed on postal stamps to celebrate their anniversaries.

By 2050, the world’s population of centenarians (people who are 100 years old or older) will grow to eight times its current size.

The Book  of Proverbs: "Grey hairs are death's blossoms."

Mark Twain: "When your friends begin to flatter you on how young you look, it's a sure sign you're getting old."

On his 100th birthday the jazzman Eubie Blake (1883-1983) said: "If I'd known I was gonna live this long I'd have taken better care of myself."

Sarah Knauss, a supercentenarian and oldest ever American, lived for more than 119 years. She died on December 30, 1999, just 2 days shy of the year 2000.

In China, there is an "eldery rights" law which makes it illegal for anyone who has parents over 60 not to visit them regularly.

Bob Hope; "You know you're getting old, when the candles cost more than the cake."

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