Sometimes I like to start out the blog with something to test your thinking. So, here’s a riddle for you.
Dave and Carl were born the same day of the same month, of the same year. They were born to the same mother and the same father; yet, they are not twins. How is that possible? (Answer is below this blog’s pic o’ day)
Why do I start with a mental puzzle riddle? Because this is a blog about extending life. Whenever I read an article on extending life… it extends my attention span!
Gerontology is the study of aging. (Wikipedia). More specifically, researchers and doctors are studying the effects of social, psychological, cognitive and biological possibilities for extending our lifespan. It differs from Geriatrics because that is the study of the elderly and aging. Virginia Tech even has a Center for Gerontology.
Right now, researchers in this field are studying medications on animals. There are claims that some of these medications have truly extended the lives of rats by up to two years.
Millions and millions of dollars being spent to extend life, even for a little. Yet, if you were to ask a dying man how much he would pay for two more years of quality life, he would be unable to put a price tag of worth. Priceless!
Gerontologists have determined that length of life can be impacted by heredity, diet, weight, sleep and depression. It can also be impacted by trauma.
I suspect that you know where this blog is headed. So, let me put in the last piece of the puzzle.
We typically include a claim for pain or permanent injury against the graph of a person’s life expectancy. These charts utilize studies of an average life span; much like a car dealer uses the Blue Book for a fair market value of a car.
Usually, one of my closing comments at trial asks the jury to quantify the value of a permanent injury over the life expectancy of my client . Meanwhile, researchers are proving the point that extending life has unlimited value.
I expect someday in the next few years, we will hear about drug companies seeking approval from the FDA for some kind of pill that should extend the quality and years of life. Hopefully, this will also impact diseases that effect the mind and body.
The positive is that progress is being made. The converse to that is that a car crash can easily be shown to impact a life span just from long term pain. Many times, the real damage in a car crash that far exceeds medical bills.
One last thing. Here’s a shameless plug. Tomorrow, we will be emailing and posting our June eBlast. I hope you will click on it and check it out. It has a picture of my mom and dad at a picnic, as well as a photo of my nieces in our new Joel Bieber sunglasses.
And for pic o’ day, a dog who will not be outdone by something small called the Grand Canyon!
Our riddle answer: They are not twins because… they are part of triplets!!!!!