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View Diary: 'We're all living longer'? No, we're not. (174 comments)

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  •  The #1 factor related to life expectancy is... (8+ / 0-)

    ...executive functioning. Being able to assess choices and options and make a decision as to what is best for you is a function of infant and childhood brain development and can predict adult onset of diseases and life expectancy. Early childhood development, mothers and fathers, nutrition, can all overcome education and poverty but put them altogether and children - and the national health and life expectancy rates - are pretty baked by the time they enter school.

    •  Access to quality, timely health care (10+ / 0-)

      is also a major factor.  

      So is the ability to work in a career that allows for a better quality of life with less physical and mental stress, fatigue and better safety and regular working hours w/ time off for sickness and vacation.

      ACA, if enacted properly and fully, will help solve one of these problems for future generations.  But the benefit will be limited if our national workforce continues to bear so much pressure from lower wages, longer working hours and the need to work more than one job to make a decent living.

      The continued slide in this country to a lower standard of living will keep most Americans from living longer.

      Democratic Leaders must be very clear they stand with the working class of our country. Democrats must hold the line in demanding that deficit reduction is done fairly -- not on the backs of the elderly, the sick, children and the poor.

      by Betty Pinson on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 10:03:54 AM PST

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    •  Precisely (7+ / 0-)

      The argument for universal pre-K.

      (Head start has a holistic approach to ed, nutrition and health. It does help reduce some of the adverse impacts of poverty on families.)

      The time of the education reformers would be far better spent on poverty amelioration as a strategy to improve schools.

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