>>53254340 70 is not that old yet; some people actually say that middle age extends into your early 70s and old age starts at 75. It's debatable although after 75 is when most people start to become physically limited enough that they cannot care for themselves.
I found that in general, when you're old, no matter how fit and active you manage to still be, you'll still have to suffer with the negative stereotypes. If you heard about the 2011 Reno Air Show crash which involved a 74 year old pilot, there was no evidence that his age caused that disaster (although what was left of him didn't provide much conclusive autopsy answers) and it was probably mechanical failure, yet people automatically jumped on him for it.
>>53254656 I'd argue it wasn't. If you know anything about air shows, the FAA makes you do a _strict_ physical exam before you can be licensed for those. Stress tests on treadmills, EKGs, the whole nine yards. Believe me, there's very little chance of a frail elderly person getting in one of those things. Bob Hoover was still doing them until 77 when he had to stop for insurance reasons, but he said it had nothing to do with his health and he passed the FAA tests with flying colors. Even just a regular private pilot's license they still make you get eyesight/hearing/cardiovascular tests every two years after 40.
>>53255130 In the US, the average age at which people enter old age care is 81 however it's pretty demographically imbalanced; any assisted living/nursing facility will have a rather overwhelming amount of white females.
>>53255055 It's very funny how old people have to take these tough tests to keep a pilot's license yet absolutely no requirement exists for driving a car. The FAA reports that there are about 2000 licensed private pilots aged 80 and up with 106 of them over 90 and that this is actually double the figure of 25 years ago.
>>53255495 True although flying a Cessna is probably easier than driving a car since you're traveling in essentially open space with no obstacles to navigate around and little chance of colliding with another aircraft.
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