“Old-person smell’ is a real thing — researchers at the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia confirmed that elderly people really do have a distinct scent, so recognizable in fact that people can identify them by body odor alone.
There is a 90 year old nurse working at Tacoma General Hospital who started her first nursing job 70 years ago in 1946.
There’s a nursing home in Seattle that brings in kids to play with the elderly. It improves the daily lives of the residents and makes the kids less likely to be ageist later in life.
In Japan, unmarried women in their late 20’s were called “Christmas Cakes” because “after the 25th they’re not good”.
Back in 1970, Douglas P. Stewart, a professor of classics at Brandeis University, made headlines for advocating that the elderly should lose the right to vote.
His thesis is this:
“The old, having no future, are dangerously free from the consequences of their own political acts, and it makes no sense to allow the vote to someone who is actuarially unlikely to survive and pay the bills for (what) he may help elect.”
In other words, Stewart thinks old people vote with an attitude of “grand je serais mort, je me ficherais de tou — (when I’m dead, it (society) can go to hell).”
As we age, we perceive time faster because “adulthood is accompanied by fewer and fewer memorable events” (firsts), our biological clocks slows down along with a few other affecting factors.
A person’s perception of time tends to speed up with age.
‘Old person smell’ is actually caused by the chemical 2-nonenal. Older people secrete this chemical through their skin at a much higher rate than younger people.
Bullying, child abuse, and stress causes children to age faster at a cellular level and leads to physical and mental health problems even decades later, including an earlier death.
Four sisters have their picture taken together every year for 40 years (1975-2014).