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Old 03-21-10, 12:53 PM   #1
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OT: Ages of Some of the Folks in the Obituaries this AM

For me - approaching 71, there sure are a lot of folks popping off around 70. Of course, there were some in their 80's and 90's that I haven't listed. But, I was a bit overwhelmed with the large number in their 60's and early to middle 70's. Probably 40% or so.

F - 67
M - 60
F - 66
M - 69
F - 78
M - 63
M - 77
M - 46
M - 73
M - 73
F - 77
M - 47
F - 23
M - 68
M - 67

You wonder - why? A couple were listed as avid mountaineers, etc.
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Yeah, I notice the same thing. Lots of people younger than me dying, probably about as many as those older. Something in the water? Of course, I'm only 70!
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I've read that those who do reach 70, the median life span is 80:half die before 80, half after. I took an on-line health test a few years back where you got points for health issues. The more points, the higher risk of death. I thought I'd get a bunch of points for having higher than what is claimed as good for my cholesterol. I was surprised to see that while I did get a few points for that, I got a huge number for my age. That puts things into perspective.

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Death rates are tracked by the CDC, and are here:

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/dvs/Mor...rktable23r.pdf

Annualized risk of dying starts to go up in our 60's.

You have less than a 1% chance of dying each year when you are 55 to 64. From 65 to 74, it goes up to 2%. From 75 to 85, 5%. Past 85, 13%.

Looked at another way, 2/3 of all folks who die in Colorado are older than 65:

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/dvs/Mor...rktable23f.pdf
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Death rates are tracked by the CDC, and are here:

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/dvs/Mor...rktable23r.pdf

Annualized risk of dying starts to go up in our 60's.

You have less than a 1% chance of dying each year when you are 55 to 64. From 65 to 74, it goes up to 2%. From 75 to 85, 5%. Past 85, 13%.

Looked at another way, 2/3 of all folks who die in Colorado are older than 65:

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/dvs/Mor...rktable23f.pdf
And you believe government figures??

It's all a conspiracy, I tell you!!
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You wonder - why? A couple were listed as avid mountaineers, etc.
I know at least a couple of extremely avid hikers/mountaineers -- folks who leave me in the dust at the trailhead and bag 14ers regularly -- who are the most unhealthy eaters you can imagine. At least one of them now has Type II diabetes.

But I can't argue that they're having a good life while they're here...
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And you believe government figures??

It's all a conspiracy, I tell you!!

It's the government death panels, just trying to hit their quotas.
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I just turned 50 and I am just glad to still be here.
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It's the government death panels, just trying to hit their quotas.
I've been wearing a disguise, and I changed the color of my bar tape on my Lemond. Think I am safe?
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I just turned 50 and I am just glad to still be here.
And we are glad to have you!!

In just 15 years you can join us in the 65 -85+ thread. That's where there is real excitement.

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Hope to see you guys there, then.
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Mr Fox...This is funny...(odd???)We read the same paper/ Obits, and I had the same thoughts as I was reading them
It really was an odd day age wise,however....
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Mr Fox...This is funny...(odd???)We read the same paper/ Obits, and I had the same thoughts as I was reading them
It really was an odd day age wise,however....
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If you read the obituaries and you're name isn't listed, go ride your bike. If it is, stay in bed.
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If you read the obituaries and you're name isn't listed, go ride your bike. If it is, stay in bed.
I checked them again - OOPS!!

DnvrFox - 1939 - 2010 RIP

I guess I'll stay in bed, then! (I made a mistake and I already rode my bike today).
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Death rates are tracked by the CDC, and are here:

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/dvs/Mor...rktable23r.pdf

Annualized risk of dying starts to go up in our 60's.

You have less than a 1% chance of dying each year when you are 55 to 64. From 65 to 74, it goes up to 2%. From 75 to 85, 5%. Past 85, 13%.

Looked at another way, 2/3 of all folks who die in Colorado are older than 65:

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/dvs/Mor...rktable23f.pdf

Looks like I should stop trying to move from Florida to Georgia. Hawaii looks safer too.

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Of course those numbers don't include those in our midst from the Lazarus family.
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If you read the obituaries and you're name isn't listed, go ride your bike. If it is, stay in bed.
I ocasionally reply to folks who ask"how are you", that I checked the obituaries(sp) this morning and I was not there so I must be OK...Get some odd looks....
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My morning schedule:

1) Check obits and see if I'm listed.
2) Check front page of paper, and page one of the Metro section and see if I've been indicted, sued, or arrested.
3) If I don't see my name, drink two cups of coffee and take a dump (maybe TMI).
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And you believe government figures??

It's all a conspiracy, I tell you!!
Interesting facts:

Half of us are below the 50% percentile.

Our death rate is 100% no matter what we do.

All of our children are above average.

All of our grandkids are in the top 1% of the cutest children ever.
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I just turned 50 and I am just glad to still be here.
I am astonished to have made it this far. I don't think it was supposed to happen this way.

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I've been wearing a disguise, and I changed the color of my bar tape on my Lemond. Think I am safe?
That depends. What color bar tape? And gel or cork?
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I seen my name in the newspaper when I was a kid, being killed due to a high speed boating accident. Lucky for me, the newspaper got my age and hometown wrong.
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You never know.

Where I lived near Palm Springs we were having problems with our paper being stolen on a consistent basis. We suspected a family at the end of the block. They had been seen stealing from other neighbors, and a gang assination just happened to occur in front of their house on New Year's Day.

So one Sunday, I set a motion detector discretely close to the Sunday paper, and hid at the other end of the breezeway. Sure enough it went off and I raced out to see one the teenaged daughters walking away with the paper. I made her turn around to return the paper. She protested that she had only wanted to look at the obituaries. Yeah, right, teens watching the obits. I thought. She dropped the paper and I called the cops. The cops came by, pounded on the doors, but no one was home apparently.

A few weeks later, I heard her and a friend talking as they walked down the street. "They don't let us get away with anything!" she complained.

The family moved after a year or so. We heard it was because of other gangs putting out threats on their lives. And a while later, I heard that the daughter had died. So I guess it was apropos for her to be reading the obits.
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I attended a furneral for my mother in law's sister last week. She was in her mid -70's and many of the visitors to the furneral home and at the church service were elderly. We were there a long time so I started to make obsverations of the people as they came and went. One thing became evident was that nearly all the elderly people (70's and up) were not over weight while many of those in their 50's and 60's were overweight.

Chalk up another reason to keep riding bicycles.
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Look at it like this....

Late 60's early 70's were 40-50 years ago. Add 20 to that for a nice round "legal to party" age.....I suppose you "get" the rest...
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