But should you?

Of the responses I’ve received from this series in Crow’s Feet and my blog, everyone has expressed an interest in living a longer life and I’m with them. My question is — how long and to what effect?

As reported in the first two articles of this series, researchers are exploring many promising ways to extend life, from medications to gene editing and oxygen therapy. These scientists agree that pushing the life span of 80-year-olds to well over 100 is almost a given.

It has been said that to write is to live forever. The man who…


Genes, and super-agers

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When I write, my text is populated by misspellings, typos, and an occasional run-on sentence. To eliminate those mistakes, I edit my work. It turns out scientists can do the same thing with genes to extend life.

Researchers at the Salk Institute have developed a CRISPR/Case9 genome editing therapy that suppresses age acceleration.

The regimen was developed to treat Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that causes premature, rapid aging. The treatment, developed in experiments with mice, has shed new light on the molecular pathways of aging.

“Aging is a complex process in which cells start…


Maybe you can

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Aubrey de Grey, Ph.D., chief science officer and co-founder of the SENS Research Foundation, believes some of the people living today will still be alive 1,000 years from now.

A biomedical gerontologist, de Grey believes the physical damages of aging can be reversed through medication. He is not alone.

Dr. Nir Barzilai, MD, agrees with de Grey that human life can be extended dramatically. …


Romance blooms in all seasons

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If we think about love and romance long enough, many of us will come across Romeo and Juliet, old Will Shakespeare’s tome about two star-crossed lovers who killed themselves before their acne had a chance to clear.

While I am a romantic and float emotionally on the play’s poetic protestations of love, I’ve never liked suicide — especially by young people. But then, as George Bernard Shaw said, youth is wasted on those types.

When I think of romance, I don’t think of the passions of children and, oddly enough, I don’t associate suicide with…


The life of your mind is your legacy

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Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

The son of a college professor and grade school teacher, my lack of academic achievement was a source of consternation for my parents.

It wasn’t that I didn’t enjoy learning. I loved it. It was simply that my intellectual curiosity didn’t always (hardly ever) followed the lesson plan.

You could hear the collective sigh of relief from the faculty when my school days ended. What has never ended, however, is my love of learning. I have collected a hodgepodge of knowledge that has my grandkids referring to me as “the fountain.” …


Holiday thieves are just a phone call away

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Unfortunately, the coming of the holidays is the peak season for phone scams and elder fraud. Recently, a woman near where I live lost about $3,000 to a crook promising reduced phone and television bills.

That is just one of many frauds that cheat seniors out of $2.9 billion a year, according to the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging.

Special Committee on Aging Fraud Hotline: 855–303–9470

“Many scams are perpetrated by criminals operating from foreign call centers, beyond the reach of state and local law enforcement and thousands of miles…


Or, how she ditched her family for Cary Grant

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My third-grade teacher, Mrs. Yenta Bahsee, is too cheap to join Medium, so she muscles in on my space from time to time. What follows is her most recent intrusion recorded, transcribed, and edited by me.

Me: So Mrs. Bahsee, I understand you had a Zoom Thanksgiving. How did that go?

Mrs. Bahsee: It was wonderful! The best Thanksgiving ever!

Me: Really? How so?

Mrs. Bahsee: Well, everything went off without a hitch. I got all my food on the table and just sat right down and ate. No yelling for…


The recipe: flour, water, an orphan, an epic journey, and your whole heart

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Like many, my wife spent this Thanksgiving away from children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren for the first time. I wanted to do something special for her.

“What would you like for breakfast,” I asked.

“I don’t know.” (A sure sign she wanted pancakes, or just didn’t know).

“How about pancakes?”

There was a pause where the word “yes” would have gone if her politeness hadn’t stopped it. Then, “You don’t have to fix pancakes,” she said. “I’ll just have cereal.” …


My adventure in broadcasting

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Undoubtedly you’ve seen blooper shows on television or run across them on YouTube, but I have actually lived them.

Over the years, I have appeared on television and radio many times, but my only employment in radio came while I was still in high school and for about six months afterward.

I had weaseled my way into broadcasting by pitching the idea of a once-a-week high school news report as part of the afternoon rock program. When the host of that show moved on, I had proven myself worthy to take his place. …


I’m going to die of stupidity

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We live in a time where public officials laying down guidelines, based on scientific evidence, is a form of dictatorship; where a minor inconvenience is intolerable, and where concern for the safety and wellbeing of ourselves is an act of fear.

Yes, 10 months into the pandemic and I am writing about the sense of outrage some feel over wearing masks.

One of the chants of mask haters is, “I’m not going to live my life in fear.”

I wonder if any of those people know anything about living in fear. Decades ago, I…

Max K. Erkiletian

I write to share everything but my cat. Read about Senior issues & interests in my free newsletter The Senior Activist( https://thesenioractivist.substack.com).

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