I was recently reading an interesting article on road signs, their visibility and legibility, when I encountered this: Although only 12.4 percent of the U.S. population was over 65 in 2000, that number will increase to 20 percent by 2030.
The article went on to say, “older drivers have several disadvantages on the road: their reaction time is not as quick, their visual acuity is diminished and their sensitivity to contrast is reduced.” Yikes. Yet, frankly, serious as it is, this is the least of our problems.
The following three minute video from the technology education and design conference is a presentation by Dr. Gregory Petsko, a biochemist who studies human proteins and their biochemical functions. He issues a brief and riveting wake-up call via data progression on our aging population, and the problems and choices you and I are likely to face in the not so far off future. ( As Times columnist Tom Friedman put it, it’s too late for “later”.)
Food for thought.
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