Joelle Reizes - November 25, 2013
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, life expectancy in the United States is 78.7 years. Many people are living to be 70, 80, even 90 years old. While this is positive news, our society often associates growing older with something dreaded, something negative, and something unfortunate. Instead, we should be looking at growing older as a privilege, because even though life expectancy in the United States is high, not everyone gets to live to a ripe, old age.
Heart disease, lung cancer and cerebrovascular disease are the highest causes of premature death in the United States. Despite a society filled with medical advancements, preventive health measures and disease awareness, so many people aren’t given the privilege of growing older. Remember this as you strive for healthy aging in your lifestyle. You are fortunate.
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