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Looking for clues to the gift of longevity – Buffalo News

By Carolyn Kirsch

Longevity most of us want that in our lives. I have been thinking about it quite a bit lately both because my 71st birthday is quickly approaching and because of the prevalence of individuals currently in my world who have attained their eighth and ninth decades.

My husband and I have noted the passing of a friend in her 70th year and a man in his 80s. A friends husband passed on after more than a decade of cancer. Another difficult loss was that of a young man in his early 40s. So we have had, within, the last year, occasions in which we are face to face with our mortality.

Today, however, I am thinking of longevity as I read the obituary of a 98-year-old neighbor who lived alone a few doors from us for the past half-dozen years. I did not know the gentleman, but knew of him through another neighbor. I knew he was close to 100 years old and I often noted the visitors he had as they parked near our house.

We live in an area that, I believe, has an unusually high number of people who achieve longevity. The first house we bought in our neighborhood was owned by a woman in her 90s. Our neighbors two doors down were a great couple who lived to be in their upper 80s. Our next-door neighbor at our current home lived into her early 90s.

We live by the beautiful Niagara River; maybe its continual, usually soothing, constant presence has something to do with this longevity for our neighbors. All of the people I have mentioned lived within a one-block area. Then there are those nonagenerians who are in our social world, but do not live near us.

There is the 94-year-old WWII veteran I see twice a month at a food pantry where I volunteer. He walks straight up and unassisted and always has a big smile on his face. He happily told me about the three-day birthday celebrations he and his family would enjoy the weekend of the big birthday. Perhaps the most extraordinary couple currently leaving us all wanting to give them congratulations as power couple of the year award are my good friends parents. This summer they will celebrate birthdays in the 94-year-old range and in three days their 76th wedding anniversary will arrive.

Carolyn Kirsch.

Recently he suffered a heart attack and had some very bad days of hospitalization. Then he rallied, went to rehab for a few days and, with current events what they are, thought it prudent to return home from there before his facility was quarantined. The last word received is he is doing well at home.

For longevity of life, longevity of relationships is probably key. The psychologists tell us that and it seems pretty clear that the people I have written about here excel at strong family relationships.

Not all of us are gifted with many caring family members in spite of our desire for them. Sometimes that almost seems a roll of the dice, but some people also create their own families of caring supporters by being one themselves. I hope I can keep the longevity of my relationships for many years to come. Another important factor is the longevity of our hopes and dreams.

I think the quickest way in which to feel old is to stop dreaming, stop planning for new adventures. Yes, the dreams may change as the years go by and maybe must be modified, but as long as we continue to hold them close, they can keep us young in spirit.

Carolyn Kirsch, of Tonawanda, stays young through a positive frame of mind.

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Letter to the Editor | Longevity key pension issue – Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette

Austin Bergs recent column used a new analysis from the Illinois Policy Institute to offer an obviously biased view of Illinois teacher pensions.

Berg claimed that nearly 75,000 teacher retirees will receive a lifetime payout of more than $1 million. He failed, however, to offer any information on the expected longevity of these retirees or how long they would have to live to claim their $1 million dollars.

Berg did admit that public-sector workers should not be ashamed for the great deal they are getting, noting that Those who choose a life of service deserve honor and praise.

I would add, but not money.

The Illinois Teachers Retirement System reported that in 2017, Illinois school districts paid an average salary of $71,773 to a total of 160,488 working teachers. In that same year, the average teacher retirees pension was $54,180. At that rate, a retiree would have to live at least 19 years after retirement to obtain Bergs predicted payout of $1 million.

As a working teacher for more than 30 years, I managed to live through the low salary times and paid a percentage of each paycheck into the pension system. Now my pension is criticized as too luxurious. Would Berg consider it as a blessing to taxpayers if I experienced less longevity?

MIKE WOODS

Champaign

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Pandemic Expert on the Longevity and Infection Rate of Outbreak – Newstalkkgvo

Pandemic expert PeterMarghellaappeared on KGVOs Talkback on March 18 to speak about the COVID-19 outbreak, including projections of the outbreaks longevity, as well as the most effective way to slow the rate of infection.

Marghellabegins bysayingthat the outbreakhas been compared to the Spanish Flu, a pandemic that took the lives of about 100 million people worldwidebetween 1918 and 1919.Projections have drawn comparisons to the Spanish Flu, hypothesizing that the outbreak of COVID-19 will last about 18 months with three distinct waves of infection.

However,Marghellasays that he has objections about comparing the Spanish Flu to the novel coronavirus.

The issues I have with isthat,one, this is COVID-19, a novel virus. The protagonist virus was coronavirus,whichwe live with all the time, just like rhinovirus. But this is a mutation, and weve never seen anything like it before. It should by no means be compared to influenza, which is awholedifferent animal thatbehaves in a completely different fashion.

According toMarghella, the second issue is that transportation during the Spanish Flu was slow to facilitate the spread of the disease. However, modes of transportation in 2020 have been able to spread the virus worldwide in only a few months.

Marghellaalso spoke about the notion of flattening the curve. This is a popular graphcirculatingsocial media and mass media that demonstrates the rates of inflection with and withoutpreventivemeasures. Logically, implementing preventive measuressuch as social distancingand vigorous hand-washingslows the rate of infection. Flattening the curve is crucial in ensuring that the countrys healthcare system is notoverwhelmedaboveits current capacity ofbetween940thousandand960 thousand hospital beds nationwide.

Theflatten the curvecomment that everyone is hearing, spoken very loudly andimportantly,is the notion that we have to try toelongate the epidemic curve tokeep itunderneaththat period or point,Marghellasays.If we exceed that...static amount of healthcare resources, we end upcrushingthe healthcare infrastructure of the United States because we cant accommodate the surge.

Marghellasays that dividing the types ofsymptomsis important in accommodatingthe surge of infection rates. The first set of symptoms are milder in nature and include flu-like symptomssuch as fatigue, a sore throat, and a runnynose. The second set of symptoms are more severe: symptoms include a fever of above101 degreesFahrenheit, tightness in the chest, bloody sputum, and signs of pneumonia. These are serious symptoms that should immediately receive medical care.

The least at-risk population in the country are children and adults up to 60 years old without underlying health conditions and non-smokers.

This population can still fall ill to COVID-19, but the symptoms tend to be mild and patients recover quickly; nonetheless, it isvery importantfor the least at-risk to practice the same preventive techniques to protect the more vulnerable populations.

When asked whatMarghellawould say to the Missoula City-County Health Department aboutmanagingthe current outbreak, he responds:

"Beabsolutelyforward-leaning. You are behind the powercurve with this event because you have lost the pre-event deliberate planning phase,whereyou could have addressed most of the things you could have put inplacetheminutethat warnings appeared that the outbreak was going to occur.Therehasto bean absoluteacceptancethat this is an emergency of a large scale in your own backyard, and no one is going to get a bypass from this at all. The acceptance is that this has potential universal impacts on the human species.

Marghellaemphasizes that planning ina communityis critical, even if it does not match 100% of the needs of a population.

Marghellaconcludes his time with KGVO by mentioning some of the positives of the current outbreak:there is about a 96% survival rate from the illness. Childrenand healthy adultsare unaffected by the severe symptoms of the virus.

Furthermore,Marghellareminds listeners, well get through this the best we can.

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Gym Spotlight: The MMA Lab – The Official Website of the Ultimate Fighting Championship

Its an atmosphere thats difficult to build and harder to maintain, but it does speak to what the team tries to continue to preach over the years. Longevity helps, too. To no fault or credit of any fighter, its common to see athletes move from gym to gym on their journey to the Octagon and even more so after exposure to the highest level of competition and coaching.

Unsurprisingly, Cannonier isnt all too interested in exploring any of that.

You know how they say the grass is greener on the other side, but Im not interested in all that, Cannonier said. One thing that keeps drawing me back here (is) its hard for one to see ones growth. Its really hard to analyze yourself and say, Yeah, Ive gotten better here, Ive gotten better there. Being on this team is like standing in front of a mirror at every turn, and that mirror is better than you at every turn. Me having to be better than that person in the mirror, reflecting off of this team, thats whats helping me get better, and I see that all the time.

While Cannonier and the rest of The Labs current generation of UFC athletes seems on the cusp of reemphasizing its spot among the elite in the MMA landscape, its not something Crouch gets too caught up with often.

In times when you go out to dinner after a fight and you reflect a little bit, its awesome, and it gets you warm and fuzzy, Crouch said. Then the next day, somebody is ready to kick your butt again, and if youre not in the gym working and trying to better yourself if youre staring in the rearview mirror, youre going to run into something ahead of you. It is cool, and Im proud of what weve done, and Im so happy to be a part of it, but our focus is really on the future and the things that were going to accomplish in the next 13 years.

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Tom Bradys Longevity Ended Any Chance of a Patriots Succession Plan – The Ringer

The Patriots spent 20 years drafting Tom Bradys successors. They drafted three guys who are now NFL coachesKliff Kingsbury (sixth-rounder, 2003, now the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals), Kevin OConnell (third-rounder, 2008, now the offensive coordinator of Washington), and Zac Robinson (seventh-rounder, 2010, now the quarterbacks coach of the Rams). They drafted a guy out of LSU in 2002 (Rohan Davey, a fourth-round pick) and a guy out of LSU in 2018 (Danny Etling, a seventh-rounder). Bradys backups waited around, watching their primes pass them by while he remained ageless, like Queen Elizabeths children.

And now that Brady is gone, having reportedly signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Patriots may have the most tenuous succession plan since the dawn of the Brady era. In 2019, Bradys backup was Jarrett Stidham, a rookie who threw only four passes and somehow managed to make one of them into a truly horrendous pick-six. (Against the Jets!) Maybe Stidham will develop into something, but it seems unlikely he will jump to competence right away after such a brief and underwhelming start. Some are high on Stidham, as I was after his freshman year at Baylor. Unfortunately, I also watched him after he transferred to Auburn.

Regardless of Stidhams development, New Englands quarterback situation is uncertain for the first time in a long time. Sure, there are plenty of veteran quarterbacks available on the trade marketAndy Dalton! Cam Newton!but the idea of Bill Belichick working with someone who spent the majority of their career outside of the Patriots bubble seems odd. New England had one of the best defenses in the league in 2019, and it should be a contender going forwardthey still have Belichick, after all!and quarterback could be a position of weakness after 20 years of consistent greatness.

However, there are two players who grew up inside that bubble who have proved themselves as NFL starters. Jimmy Garoppolo, Bradys backup from 2014 to 2017, is the starting quarterback for the 49ers. Remember when they made the Super Bowl? And Jacoby Brissett, who was a third-stringer behind Brady and Garoppolo, performed reasonably well for the Colts this past season after Andrew Lucks shocking retirement. Garoppolo is certainly off-limits for the Pats; Brissett could be an option since Indianapolis just reportedly signed Philip Rivers, but he would likely cost them.

In Bradys entire career, only four former Patriots quarterbacks have gone on to become meaningful starters for other teams: Garoppolo, Brissett, Brian Hoyer, and Matt Cassel. Oddly, so few of Bradys backups managed to be successful elsewheremaybe the Pats drafted poorly, maybe nobody was willing to take shots on guys who never saw playing time behind Brady. Of the four who became starters elsewhere, Garoppolo is easily the best; Brissetts 2019 season was roughly on par with the best year of Hoyers career and much better than Cassels career averages.

Now that Brady has moved on from New England, its worth looking three years into the past, when the Patriots made the decision to trade the two best backups Brady ever had. A trade market developed for Garoppolo and Brissett after they started two games apiece during Bradys 2016 Deflategate suspension. Indianapolis sent wide receiver Phillip Dorsett to the Pats for Brissett ahead of the 2017 season as it became clear Luck wouldnt be healthyperhaps because Brissett played an all-timer of a preseason game. The 49ers gave up a second-round pick for Garoppolo ahead of the 2017 trade deadline and won their last five games of the season with their new QB under center. Two seasons later, they made the Super Bowl. Now, both players are seemingly out of New Englands reach: The 49ers signed Garoppolo to one of the largest contracts in NFL history after 2017, and Brissett signed a $30 million extension when he became the starter after Lucks retirement. They have no chance of trading for Garoppolo and would have to give something up to get Brissett back.

This past season, Garoppolo was demonstrably better than Brady, surpassing him in yards per attempt, quarterback rating, and touchdown rate. Brissett was, weirdly, almost exactly identical to Bradyboth averaged 6.6 yards per attempt, had a quarterback rating of 88.0, and Brissett threw a touchdown on 4 percent of his passes while Brady threw a touchdown on 3.9 percent. Theres a strong case that in 2019, New England had the worst of the three quarterbacks from its 2017 roster.

In some ways, the Patriots obviously failed by letting Garoppolo and Brissett leave. Two years after being traded, they were outperforming the guy they used to back up. And now, instead of having either one of them ready to take over when Brady departed, the Pats are left with Stidham. Maybe the best move for the 2020 Pats would have been the impossible decision to have paid Garoppolo or Brissett starting money and benched Brady before the 2018 or 2019 seasons.

In general, though, I think the Pats did the right thing. As the Brady era wound down, the Patriots had an obligation to maximize every opportunity they had to win with him while they still couldin Garoppolo and Brissett, New England netted players and picks to help them win right away. Dorsett, acquired in the Brissett trade, caught touchdowns in both of New Englands wins that got them to the 2019 Super Bowl, which they won. That sixth Super Bowl winthe one that tied New England for most Super Bowl wins ever, and gave Brady the most individual Super Bowl wins of any quarterback everwas the Patriots last great moment with Brady. If trading Garoppolo and Brissett in 2017 helped secure it in any way, it was worth it.

Yes, the Pats 2017 trades left them with the worst performing of their three potential quarterbacks in 2019 and left them an uncertain succession plan going forward. But I dont think all the quarterbacks New England drafted during Bradys reign were truly potential successorsjust assets to help the team win while they had Brady. If the Garoppolo and Brissett trades helped smooth the end to the greatest dynasty in football history, its fine if they made the future somewhat rockier.

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