National Geographic : 1929 Dec
When Age Chuckles " OU are the youngest looking grandfather I ever saw. What's the secret?" " My dear, two things. The good health that I have worked for and won-and a keen interest in life. With books, music, sports, travel, inventions each day brings something new. I want to see what will follow the telephone, radio, automobile, aircraft -what electricity will do next. ... No longer do scientists accept the idea of a fixed "span of life". They know that the average length of life is longer in some countries than in others. They know that babies fare more safely in the world-that people every where face fewer dangers today from con tagious and other diseases. While the average length of life has in creased by o1years since 1901, the im provement has been achieved mainly among the younger ages, leaving as our most pressing problem the protection of the lives of those who have already passed middle age. One by one the perils which formerly caused untimely deaths are being con quered. "Witches" are not burned now adays to stop plagues. On the other hand, sanitation, vaccination, inoculation and other scientific means are employed to _N| prevent most of them. People are learning the effect of fresh air, sunshine, cleanliness, proper breathing . and exercise, sleep and a well-balanced diet. i(Wi3 ,44 An annual medical examination for the discov ery and correction of physical impairments be fore they have progressed too far to be remedied will keep the body sound. In the United States and Canada there are more than 2,500,ooo people between 70 and 80 years of age; more than 600,000 between 80 and 9o; fifty-odd thousand between 90 and ioo; and about 5,ooo past the century mark. The person who plans wisely to live to a happy and ripe old age never forgets that the mind is a powerful influence and that physical troubles are apt to follow a mor bid viewpoint. The world is tingling today with promise of future marvels even more wonderful than those we now know. Live to enjoy them. * * * You will find that the Metropolitan book let, "Health, Happiness and Long Life", will help. Ask for Booklet 129 -N. Mailed free. METROPOLITAN LIFE FREDERICK H. ECKER, PRESIDENT INSURANCE COMPANY "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you." ONE MADISON AVE., NEW YORK, N. Y.