Aging: Lessons From Hollywood
After Davy Jones of The Monkees died of a massive heart attack at age 66 last week, the Twitter world was abuzz, offering a sort of democratic eulogy of the lifelong entertainer. Most surprising about the deluge of tweets: Most people said that Jones, at 66, had died too young. When Jones was born in 1945, life expectancy for males across the developed world was 66.
How vastly our ideas of aging have changed over the course of his lifetime. Now, death at age 66 is "tragic" because it's too young. But how deeply have we embraced this 21st century version ofmiddle and old age?
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