By Q. David Bowers, Founder
Recently the Wall Street Journal had an article by Dr. Linda P. Fried, “Older, Healthier, and Happier.” The thesis was that over the past 100 years Americans have added 30 years to their typical lifespan. And, how true this is. In researching American history -- one of my favorite pastimes, censuses, accounts of activity, and the like from, say, the early and mid 19th century have relatively few people older than 70. Or, if they are older than 70, they do not seem to be particularly active.