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Banning Videos   The Serious You: How Current Events Affect You

Started 10/13/21 by WALTER784; 5756 views.
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From: Showtalk

10/18/21

Cancer is less expected in young adults. Usually accidents are a major reason.

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Cancer is less expected in young adults. Usually accidents are a major reason.

Accidents were responsible for the first few fatalities in my graduating class. I found out years later that another was murdered, apparently in a love triangle that went bad. then there was the first cancer case at only 31. The first fatal heart attack I know of was at 39, the second at 42, and the third at 48, then a cluster of 3 more in the mid 50s.

And of course a steady drizzle of accidents, and a couple of others with debilitating degenerative diseases - complications from diabetes, one case of I think Lou Gehrig's Disease, and a couple that are "other".

It amounts now to about 36% of my graduating class are already dead.

But then I remember statistics from somewhere that you follow 100 people from age 20 to 65 and 37 of those never live to see the age of 65. Only about 10 are really self-sufficient, and only 1 could be considered "rich". And the remainder are either still working or are dependent on some kind of public assistance.

Neither of my parents made it to even 60. So I feel like I'm on unexplored ground now that more than half my life has been lived after they were gone.

It made me more risk averse in a lot of areas compared to most people who go out and take big risks and make lifestyle choices that will greatly shorten their lifespan and quality of life. Thus, I have avoided tobacco and alcohol, and numerous risky behaviors that others indulge in while calling me a "square" who doesn't know how to have fun.

WALTER784

From: WALTER784

10/18/21

Showtalk said...

Cancer is less expected in young adults. Usually accidents are a major reason.

Car/motorcycle accidents, drug overdoses, suicide and murder probably account for a good majority of younger adults.

FWIW

WALTER784

From: WALTER784

10/19/21

$1,661.87 in cats (ROCKETMAN_S) said...

It amounts now to about 36% of my graduating class are already dead.

But then I remember statistics from somewhere that you follow 100 people from age 20 to 65 and 37 of those never live to see the age of 65. Only about 10 are really self-sufficient, and only 1 could be considered "rich". And the remainder are either still working or are dependent on some kind of public assistance.

Neither of my parents made it to even 60. So I feel like I'm on unexplored ground now that more than half my life has been lived after they were gone.

Wow... those are some stats. May I ask what your age is? Because I know that as we get older... we tend to loose more people so if you're in your mid 70's or older... then 36% wouldn't seem so high. My father had his 70 year reunion and 12 people showed up but I don't know the size of his graduating class.

I'm 63 now and we had a graduating class of 1200... and at our 40 year reunion (2016), they mentioned 124 people had died and that they were still unable to contact another 80 people. So even if the 80 we have been unable to contact were to be included in the dead... that would still be only 17% of my graduating class. If they were not included, it would be only 10%!

My mother passed away at 83 and my father is still alive at 92... and his mother lived until 97!

FWIW

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From: Showtalk

10/19/21

That number seems high but could be common.

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From: Showtalk

10/19/21

I wonder if there are regional health risks. Some areas have higher than average focus on health and fitness than others.

WALTER784

From: WALTER784

10/19/21

Environment may have something to do with it.

Higher crime rates in inner cities vs rural areas might have something to do with it as well.

FWIW

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From: Showtalk

10/20/21

Stress as well.

I'm only 62. But a lot of classmates evidently lived fast and died young. And at the time I saw that figure, we were only 58.

Showtalk said:

That number seems high but could be common.

More hazards seen by more of them.

The number who were murdered was actually an unexpected surprise. But then the heart attacks - a lot of them smoked like chimneys, even back when we were still in high school. Many dipped snuff or chewed tobacco, so oral cancers wouldn't surprise me either after 3 to 4 decades of such an addictive habit.

And I know of at least one in the class right before mine who died of a drug overdose, and was the subject of a forensic investigation of his remains, when found a year later. Seems his so-called "friends" panicked and fled, and they ended up charged with voluntary manslaughter or something and went to prison. That was decades ago when they were all still in their late 20s or early 30s.

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