[Homestead] I'm going back to school!
VAN DELL JORDAN
vdjor at yahoo.com
Wed Jan 3 22:16:42 EST 2007
I've heard from more than one source that continuous
lifetime learning is one of four things known to
increase life expectancy.
I went to night school several years after I ran out
of money for full time. After several years I went
back and took ten years of part time to get my degree
in my 40s. As soon as I retired I went back to school
and probably will for the rest of my life.
Of course learning does not have to involve formal
school but I think the scheduling and other
requirements add something to it.
--- Gene GeRue <genegerue at ruralize.com> wrote:
> A Surprising Secret to a Long Life: Stay in School
> Michael Stravato for The New York Times
> Irma Lara, 75, who came to the United States from
> Mexico when she was
> 26, spends time exercising at a community center in
> By GINA KOLATA
> Published: January 3, 2007
> James Smith, a health economist at the RAND
> Corporation, has heard a
> variety of hypotheses about what it takes to live a
> long life â
> money, lack of stress, a loving family, lots of
> friends. But he has
> been a skeptic.
> The New Age
> Piece in a Puzzle
> This is last of four articles looking at the science
> of aging. The
> articles will remain online at nytimes.com/aging.
> Yes, he says, it is clear that on average some
> groups in every
> society live longer than others. The rich live
> longer than the poor,
> whites live longer than blacks in the United States.
> Longevity, in
> general, is not evenly distributed in the
> population. But what, he
> asks, is cause and what is effect? And how can they
> be disentangled?
> He is venturing, of course, into one of the
> prevailing mysteries of
> aging, the persistent differences seen in the life
> spans of large
> groups. In every country, there is an average life
> span for the
> nation as a whole and there are average life spans
> for different
> subsets, based on race, geography, education and
> even churchgoing.
> But the questions for researchers like Dr. Smith are
> why? And what
> really matters?
> The answers, he and others say, have been a
> surprise. The one social
> factor that researchers agree is consistently linked
> to longer lives
> in every country where it has been studied is
> education. It is more
> important than race; it obliterates any effects of
> Year after year, in study after study, says Richard
> Hodes, director
> of the National Institute on Aging, education
> âkeeps coming up.â
> And, health economists say, those factors that are
> popularly believed
> to be crucial â money and health insurance, for
> example, pale in
> Dr. Smith explains: âGiving people more Social
> Security income, or
> less for that matter, will not really affect
> peopleâs health. It is
> a good thing to do for other reasons but not for
> Health insurance, too, he says, âis vastly
> overrated in the policy
> Instead, Dr. Smith and others say, what may make the
> difference is keeping young people in school. A few
> extra years of
> school is associated with extra years of life and
> vastly improved
> health decades later, in old age.
> The rest of the story is at:
> Homestead list and subscription:
> Change your homestead list member options:
> View the archives at:
More information about the Homestead