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Whenever there is a massive tragedy such as a pandemic, a war or a natural disaster, there is a corresponding surge in reports of people seeing the dead or trying to contact them.
The 1918 influenza epidemic sparked a “spiritualism craze" as Americans turned to seances and Ouija boards to contact departed loved ones. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks came a wave of people reporting sightings of and even conversations with those who had been snatched from their lives.
When a tsunami struck Japan in 2011, killing at least 20,000 people, so many inhabitants of Ishinomaki reported seeing their loved ones appear that a book and a documentary were made about this city of wandering ghosts.
These experiences can be subtle: relatives appearing in hyper-real dreams, a sudden whiff of fragrance worn by a departed loved one, or unusual behavior by animals. Other encounters are more dramatic: feeling a touch on your shoulder at night, hearing a sudden warning from a loved one, or seeing the full-bodied form of a recently departed relative appear at the foot of your bed.
These stories may sound implausible, but there is something in us -- or in our lost loved ones -- that won't accept not being able to say goodbye. Experiences like this are so common in the psychological field that there is a name for them: "ADCs" or "after death communications." Research suggests at least 60 million Americans have these experiences, and that they occur across cultures, religious beliefs, ethnicities, and income levels. Many of these encounters occur in the twilight state between sleeping and waking, but others have been reported by people who were alert.
They lost their loved ones to Covid. Then they heard from them again - CNN
A new study suggests that the earliest memories that people can recall, on average, point back to when they were just two-and-a-half years old. The findings push back the previous conclusions of the average age of earliest memories by one year.
The earlier age is due to something in memory dating called ‘telescoping’. “When you look at things that happened long ago, it’s like looking through a lens,” says one researcher. “The more remote a memory is, the telescoping effect makes you see it as closer. It turns out they move their earliest memory forward a year to about three and a half years of age. But we found that when the child or adult is remembering events from age four and up, this doesn’t happen.”
Earliest memories can start from the age of two-and-a-half - ScienceBlog.com
A “Life Radius” refers to the area within 5 miles of your home where most people live 80 percent to 90 percent of their lives. One researcher says this radius plays an important role in shaping everyday habits and living longer. The recipe: a transportation infrastructure that favors walking; food policies and programs that inspire healthy eating; and restrictions surrounding tobacco usage.
Here's How Your Life Radius Can Affect Your Longevity | Well+Good (wellandgood.com)
More than 65,000 paid, regulated service providers cared for 8 million Americans in 2016, according to the most recent federal report. In addition, AARP estimates more than 50 million people provide unpaid care, generally to family members.
As baby boomers age, 10,000 people a day pass their 65th birthday. The Census Bureau estimates that more than 94.6 million people will be 65 or older in 2060.
From January to June 2018, the percentage of older adults age 85 and over needing help with personal care was more than twice the percentage for adults ages 75-84 and five times the percentage for adults ages 65-74.
From 2004 to 2020, the cost for facility and in-home care services has risen, on average, between 1.88% and 3.8% each year.
56 percent of Americans who turn age 65 will develop at some point a disability serious enough to require long-term care services, although most will need it for less than three years.
Caring for an Aging Nation | Kaiser Health News (khn.org)