Saturday, January 17, 2009

The US Presidency - Age Accelerant?

There is something that pops up every time there is a change in the position of President of the United States for me. I have always marvel the men (and hopefully one day a woman) that step up to the plate with the ideals of making this country greater and leading us, as a people, to achieve higher plateaus in life, love, and dedication to the basic principles that this country was founded on. I reflect on their accomplishments (and failures) and ponder what changes will come to pass in the passing of the colors to another idealistic person.

Another thing I look at is how the pressure of the position of President of the United States takes it toll on a mere human being. The daunting decisions that this person (who has many advisers) has to ultimately make of the span of a full term or two (under current term restrictions). The job is not for the faint of heart. Sure we (the people) give you a nice house, a pretty indestructible car, and a nice shiny airplane but even with all that and more, the stress of the job may make you an old man (or woman when we finally get one in) prematurely.

Michael F. Roizen, MD, is cofounder of RealAge, a consumer-health media company and provider of personalized health information and management tools, and chairman of the RealAge Scientific Advisory Board states that "a formula he helped develop suggests that for every year in office, the average president ages two years."

Why don't you be the judge?

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