Who Wants to Live to 120? Hardly Anyone

If a new medical treatment could slow aging and allow you to live to 120, would you want to? Most Americans would say, “No thanks,” according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center. The researchers wanted to know Americans’ views on aging – after all, one in five will be age 65 by 2050 – as well as the recent push for medical research and advances to extend our life expectancy. Turns out, we’re not so thrilled about …

Here’s One Athletic Feat Where Your Age Is an Advantage

One reason that golf is a great lifetime sport is that you don’t have to finish first in a tournament or even finish with the best score in your regular foursome to be a winner. You just have to beat or tie your ultimate competitor: your own age. Sid Beckwith made that point on July 19, when he celebrated his 95th birthday by shooting a 95 for 18 holes at Gardiner’s Bay Country Club in Shelter Island Heights, N.Y. As …

Morgan Shepherd, at 71, Breaks NASCAR Age Record

Updated July 15, 2013 Morgan Shepherd has become the oldest driver, at 71, to start a race in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series race. Shepherd started 41st in the 43-car field at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 14, driving for Brian Keselowski Motorsports, and completed 92 laps of the 301-lap race before he pulled into the garage. The previous record was set by Jim Fitzgerald when he started the June 1987 Cup race at Riverside International Raceway at age 65. …

More Than Our Golden Girls

In my nine years on Facebook, I’ve seen all kinds of posts. I was a senior in college when I joined, and photos back then – the few that friends uploaded to “random pics” albums – were from formals, study abroad, graduation. Slowly, engagements and bachelor/ette parties started trickling into the mix. Now that I’m 30, it’s weddings, reunions, houses, babies. Something new is happening in my Newsfeed these days, though, and I can’t “like” it enough: grandmas. From my …

In Congress, Dingell Has Outlasted Them All

Holding any job for 57 years is impressive. But it’s especially remarkable when every two years your bosses are asked whether they want to fire you. Rep. John D. Dingell Jr. (D-Mich.) now owns the record for holding a seat in Congress longer than anyone else – 57 years, 5 months and 26 days. As the Washington Post’s Paul Kane writes: “That eclipses the late Robert C. Byrd (D-W. Va.), who served in both the House and Senate. “Elected in …

How Many Centenarians Does It Take … ?

Yes, there’s a Guinness World Record for nearly everything, from “longest eyeball pop” (don’t try this) to “biggest bagel” (don’t eat this). But our previous favorite, “oldest wing walker” (92-year-old Thomas Lackey in 2012) has just been replaced: the Regency Jewish Heritage Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Franklin Township, N.J., has hosted the largest single gathering of centenarians, 40 strong, beating the previous record of 28.  The center had a head start. Five of the centenarians live there. New Jersey …