When you are young, birthdays are occasions to look forward to:- presents, parties, friends to play with, candles to blow out, wishes to make and a cake just for you with your name on it. Birthdays are a good-time celebration for children.
When you get past 21, it becomes more of a quiet drink with friends and thereafter many people are trying to forget the passing of the years rather than draw attention to them.
Now, thanks to some cheery research from the University of Zurich, it appears that once you have passed the age of 60, you are 14% more likely to die on your birthday than on any other day of the year.
Here are some of the unhappy birthday findings:-
- 18.6% rise in heart attacks;
- 21.5% increase in strokes;
- 10.5% more cancer deaths;
- 34.9% rise in suicides;
- 28.5% rise in accidental deaths;
- 44% increase in deaths from falls;
Doesn’t really make for happy reading———- but does it need to be so?
We should start celebrating our age as we get past 60 and become more like children again. Have parties for all our friends before they slip off this mortal coil. Drink lots of champagne and eat vast quantities of cake – if our blood pressure and cholesterol go up for the day, so be it :-).
We should also do something challenging on our birthdays to prove we are still alive – something we have never done before.
If you live in Switzerland, then on your 60th birthday you could try climbing the North Face of the Eiger for the first time. If you’re one of the 44% who fall and die, well what a way to go :-).
Happy, Happy Birthday
P.s. The researcher Gnomes in Zurich can go back to studying fun!