Aging! Here are some interesting facts about age and aging that you may not have known!
The Oldest Person
Recording the oldest person who ever lived is pretty tricky, as there are many factors that can get in the way and prevent it from being recorded. However, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, the person who has lived for the authenticated longest time was Jeanne Louise Calment.
She was born in France on 21st February 1875, and passed away on 4th August 1997, making her 122 years and 164 days old. At 114 years old, she appeared in a film about Vincent Van Gough, to who she used to sell paint canvases, which also made her the most senior film actress ever. Calment saw the Eiffel Tour being built and also started fencing was she was 85 years old.
Senior living communities are incredibly common, with over 19,000 in the USA alone. The Southeast has the highest concentration of communities, which may in part be due to the warmer climate. Frontier Senior Living has many senior living options, including memory care, independent living, and assisted living. Age affects everyone differently, and Frontier prides themselves on their focus on the autonomy and dignity of their residents, as well as working to increase and maintain the quality of life.
There are a few body parts that don’t stop growing. When you hit puberty, many of the cells in your body stop multiplying. However, the soft tissue in your ears and nose do not do this and will continue to multiply, therefore causing your ears and nose to continue growing for your whole life. Some parts of your body, such as your skin or taste buds, renew incredibly fast. The outer layer of your skin, the epidermis, regenerates approximately every 27 days, and this shedding can contribute to the dust you find around your home.
As with humans, it is tricky to ascertain the actual age of an animal and to prove that is it the oldest one. As of 2018, the oldest animal ever is believed to have been a clam called Ming, who lived to be 507 years old. Ming died in 2006 in Bangor University, in the UK.
Ming was an Ocean Quahog Clam, which is a type of edible clam native to the North Atlantic Ocean. Some more of the world’s oldest animals include the longest living fish, Hanako the scarlet koi, who was thought to be 226. The oldest animal who is currently still alive is believed to be a Giant Tortoise called Jonathan, who is currently 186 and lives in Saint Helena.
The population of the world is aging rapidly. It is thought that between 2000-2050, the number of people over 60 will be 2 billion. There is a predicted doubling in the percentage of people over 60, increasing from 11% of the population to 22%.
This can be very significant, as an aging global population means that there will be more demand for care homes and assisted living to deal with the extra demand of people who are in the age range where this assistance is most required. That’s why economists predict that the health care sector is set to grow massively and become a really secure carer path.
Your dog may actually be a lot older than you. Dog and human years are different, and the most basic way to calculate it is by multiplying your dog’s age by 7. This will give you your dog’s age in human years. A more accurate and correct way to measure your dog’s age in human years actually depends on many more factors, such as the size of the dog. A medium-sized dog’s first year equates to 15 years of a human’s life, the second year is around 9 years, and each year of a dog’s life after this compares to about 4 to 5 of that of a human.
On the subject of dogs, the oldest dog in the world was an Australian cattle dog called Bluey, who lived to be 29 years and 5 days. Bluey is closely followed by Butch, a Beagle from the USA who lived to be approximately 28 years old.
The oldest piece of art is believed to be Bhimbetka and Daraki-Chattan Cupules, which date from 290-700,000 BC. They were discovered in ancient caves in central India. A cupule is a small, cup-shaped structure, created by a human on the surface of a rock. They are the oldest type of rock art and need to be manmade to qualify for this. Natural processes may create a shape similar to cupule art, such as a pothole, names, or erosion.
The oldest cave paintings were found in the Cave of El Castillo in Spain and are believed to be from 39,000 BC. They consist of abstract signs and hand stencils on the cave wall, but it is not clear whether these were created by homo sapiens or Neanderthals. There are red, yellow, and black pigments as well as engravings, and 275 separate figures have been identified on the walls. These include animals such as horses, a mammoth, and goats.
The oldest home in the world is the Knap of Howar in Scotland, which is believed to be from 3600 BC. It also thought to be the oldest standing house, as it is still mostly intact. It is in Orkney and was first discovered in the 1930s when the stone walls were revealed due to erosion. The Knap of Howar consists of two homes that are joined by a passage, and it is made of stone.
The oldest structure in the world is in New South Wales, Australia. It is the Ngunnhu Fish Traps of Brewarrina, and they are believed to have been built by the Aboriginal people in 40,000BC. They were used to capture fish using a complex system of stones, which created pools and channels and caught fish as they moved downstream. According to Aboriginal legend, these traps were inspired by the pelican.
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