The fashion of aging

The median age in The Villages is 68 and in Sumter County, it is 65. The definition of old is maturing right along with the population. According to recent studies, most Americans want to live to 100 (at least). No one can definitively say if it’s good genes or plenty of money for good care, but Kirk Douglas is 100, and Betty White and Carl Reiner are 95. Delphine Gibson of Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, is now listed as the oldest person in the United States at 113. Aging in Place Technology Watch says technology may play a role in keeping people alive longer as it becomes customized. Right now, 46 percent of women who are 75-plus and live alone use the alert systems worn around the neck that can bring help at the push of a button. Better hearing and vision technology also help seniors live better and longer.