Is Age Just a Mere Number? A Look Into People’s Life Expectancy

by | Jul 29, 2022 | Fantasy, Featured Article, life, Mental health, science, Social Issues | 0 comments

Aging is unavoidable. But how people age in the process can be managed.

Queen Elizabeth I, mother of reigning British monarch Elizabeth II, lived to 101. Celebrity Bob Hope also lived to 100. And, of course, the famous biblical prophet of the Ark, Noah, is said to have died at the age of 950. Is there a secret behind these peoples’ longevity? Is it the fountain of youth? Or is it something else? Walter Clark Boutwell’s  Old Men and Infidels book series touch on life expectancy and how it changes through time. 

The author points out that longevity as a phenomenon affects people’s attitude towards aging, faith, and truth. Growing old is inevitable. Despite whatever factors are impacting a person’s lifespan in this world, age is more than just a number that marks a person’s birth and death; age is a representation of how and what is a person’s life is all about in this world. 

Factors affecting life expectancy

Studies have shown that people’s longevity has increased over the years, primarily because of the advancement and awareness in lifestyle that led people to make radical changes to live healthy lives. But these are not guarantees, and the test at the end of the day that determines how long a person lives is their will and determination. 

Outside of these psychological manifestations, here are some of the factors that affect mortality rate and a person’s lifespan.


A person’s genetics can be a significant contributor to determining how long they will live. For instance, people can inherit genes predisposing them to certain diseases or confer them a healthy immune system. A grandmother who has chronic diabetes can pass this on to her grandchildren. Type 2 diabetes, heart failure, and Alzheimer’s are some of those many diseases that can be inherited by those next in line. And so are mental health sicknesses such as depression and anxiety.


Women have shown a longer life expectancy than men over the last decade of the 20th century. The reason may not purely be biological and may include social factors. From the biological aspect, female hormones greatly influence women’s more extended longevity. Female estrogen, for example, helps to eliminate bad cholesterol. In the social part, women tend to live healthier lifestyles than men and avoid bad habits and behaviors; hence, their longer lifespan. 

Lifestyle and Socioeconomic Status

How people live their lives also impacts how long they’ll live. People with more wealth and resources have greater access to medical care and other benefits not readily available to people who have less, thereby giving them the capacity to live longer. Lifestyle can also mean habits. People who smoke and drink alcohol more have a shorter lifespan compared to people who avoid smoking and drinking alcohol altogether. Diet, nutrition, and overall hygiene are also significant lifestyle factors that impact a person’s longevity.    

Medicine and Medical Technology

Before the advent of some of the most significant advancements in the field of medicine, a person’s sickness or disease would often outlive them. Progress and development in medications such as antibiotics, immunizations, and even vitamin supplements helped usher in an era where it is possible to survive ailments or diseases. The field of radio technology also help made it possible to detect early signs of diseases, making it possible to treat at the first instance and symptoms of the diseases. The same goes with advancements in surgery, such as cardiac surgery and organ transplants. 


It’s also worth highlighting that education also affects life expectancy. Higher education leads to more well-paid and stable jobs linked to better nutrition, housing, medical care, and overall lifestyle. Of course, there’s the mental health side to it as well. People who are educated and have more knowledge and awareness regarding the disadvantages of a poor lifestyle and bad habits tend to avoid these altogether. Hence, a longer life expectancy. 

Old Men and Infidels book takes readers on this fascinating and intriguing journey into a dystopian world where both the young and old took on roles as society expected of them. As the interesting tag goes, “the young conquer, the old endure,” author Walter Clark Boutwell weaved through the story with the character of Lieutenant Malila Chiu battling her own demons. 

The book begs the question, “is age just a number?” or is it something more significant in society? Find out more and grab copies of the whole book series over on Amazon, or visit the author’s website at


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