Having focussed upon the summer Globalist Games in Rio the mainstream media is now hyping-up the Geriatric Games.
The Geriatric Games are a peculiarly American phenomenon that can be traced back to the presidency of Ronald Reagan [1981-1989].
Since those heady days of the Reagan presidency the Geriatric Games have become increasingly popular with the US electorate – especially among Democrats voters.
The Capitol’s Age Pyramid: A Graying Congress
The 111th Congress, which convened in 2009, is among the oldest in U.S. history.
The average age of members of Congress has risen steadily since 1981, with just a slight hiccup in the early 1990s; the rise is likely the result of a high incumbency rate, the aging of the U.S. population, and the first-time elections of older candidates.
The Wall Street Journal
Although mandatory retirement is generally unlawful in the United States there are a few exceptions where mandatory retirement is invoked between 56 and 70 years old.
Mandatory retirement is generally unlawful in the United States, except in certain industries and occupations that are regulated by law, and are often part of the government (such as military service and federal police agencies, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation).
Pilots: the mandatory retirement age of airline pilots is 65.
Air traffic controllers: Mandatory retirement age of 56, with exceptions up to age 61.
Federal law enforcement officers, national park rangers and firefighters: Mandatory retirement age of 57, or later if less than 20 years of service
Florida Supreme Court justices: The Florida Constitution establishes mandatory retirement at age 70.
Minnesota has statutorily established mandatory retirement for all judges at age 70 (more precisely, at the end of the month a judge reaches that age).
New Jersey Supreme Court also established mandatory retirement at age 70.
Maryland Constitution establishes mandatory retirement age of 70 for Circuit and Appellate Court judges.
New Hampshire Constitution – Article 78 sets the retirement of all Judges and sheriffs at age 70.
A four-star general must retire after 40 years of service unless he or she is reappointed to serve longer.
Otherwise all general officers must retire the month after their 64th birthday.
However, the Secretary of Defense can defer a four-star officer’s retirement until the officer’s 66th birthday and the President can defer it until the officer’s 68th birthday.
Unsurprisingly, the Geriatric Games has no mandatory retirement age.
Whether this is a sensible policy is a contentious issue primarily because the physical and mental deterioration associated with old age is governed by many factors: gender, heredity, occupation, lifestyle, pharmaceuticals [such as: HRT, Testosterone, Human Growth Hormone, Levodopa…], surgery and [finally] biological age.
Ageing is not a politically correct process.
In the Western world, the typical age of menopause (last period from natural causes) is between 40 and 61 and the average age for last period is 51 years.
According to Diamond’s view, andropause is a change of life in middle-aged men, which has hormonal, physical, psychological, interpersonal, social, sexual, and spiritual aspects.
Diamond claims that this change occurs in all men, may occur as early as age 45 to 50 and more dramatically after the age of 70 in some men.
People commonly associate memory lapses in their mid-30s, 40s, or 50s as a sign of Alzheimer’s disease as they approach later adulthood, but typically this is not the case.
Memory lapses can be both aggravating and frustrating but they are due to the overwhelming amount of information that is being taken in by the brain.
Issues in memory can also be linked to several common physical and psychological causes, such as: anxiety, dehydration, depression, infections, medication side effects, poor nutrition, vitamin B12 deficiency, psychological stress, substance abuse, chronic alcoholism, thyroid imbalances, and blood clots in the brain.
Osteoporosis is a disease where decreased bone strength increases the risk of a broken bone. It is the most common reason for a broken bone among the elderly.
About 15% of white people in their 50s and 70% of those over 80 are affected.
It is more common in women than men.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a class of diseases that involve the heart or blood vessels.
Cardiovascular disease includes coronary artery diseases (CAD) such as angina and myocardial infarction (commonly known as a heart attack).
Other CVDs are stroke, hypertensive heart disease, rheumatic heart disease, cardiomyopathy, heart arrhythmia, congenital heart disease, valvular heart disease, carditis, aortic aneurysms, peripheral artery disease, and venous thrombosis.
In the United States 11% of people between 20 and 40 have CVD, while 37% between 40 and 60, 71% of people between 60 and 80, and 85% of people over 80 have CVD.
The average age of death from coronary artery disease in the developed world is around 80 while it is around 68 in the developing world.
Disease onset is typically seven to ten years earlier in men as compared to women.
The most significant risk factor for developing cancer is age.
Although it is possible for cancer to strike at any age, most patients with invasive cancer are over 65.
Geriatrics or geriatric medicine is a specialty that focuses on health care of elderly people.
Dementia, arthritis, palliative care, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, atherosclerosis, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol.
At what age old age begins cannot be universally defined because it differs according to the context most developed world countries have accepted the chronological age of 65 years as a definition of ‘elderly’ or older person.
Most developed Western countries set the age of 60 to 65 for retirement.
Based upon the current UN definition all the contestants in the 2016 US Presidential Race are “old age” contestants.
The United Nations has agreed that 60+ years may be usually denoted as old age and this is the first attempt at an international definition of old age.
Therefore, before casting a vote for an “old age” contestant it’s worth checking out their medical history because dementia [aka senility] affects 5% of the population over 65 years old..
Dementia, also known as senility, is a broad category of brain diseases that cause a long term and often gradual decrease in the ability to think and remember that is great enough to affect a person’s daily functioning.
Other common symptoms include emotional problems, problems with language, and a decrease in motivation.
There are many other medical and neurological conditions in which dementia only occurs late in the illness.
For example, a proportion of patients with Parkinson’s disease develop dementia, though widely varying figures are quoted for this proportion
The number of cases of dementia worldwide in 2010 was estimated at 35.6 million.
Rates increase significantly with age, with dementia affecting 5% of the population older than 65 and 20–40% of those older than 85.
Rates are slightly higher in women than men at ages 65 and greater.
It’s worth checking for visible signs of decline.
And it’s worth checking for behavioural signs of decline.
Enjoy the 2016 Geriatric Games!