It’s a New Day
and We Are Living
QuALITY OF LIFe
by Glenn Cunningham
When we were too young to know better we thought of ourselves as invincible. The notion of old age and
questions of mortality were something that never occurred
to us. We just never thought that far ahead. Now, well into
a half century on the planet our youthful, healthy demeanor
has gradually faded, falling prey to the aging process. But
unlike generations past, baby boomers have a much greater
chance at a longer life. Time is suddenly on our side and we
have only the rapidly changing face of technology to thank.
There’s nothing new about modern technology. It has
been working on our behalf for quite some time now. In
1900 life expectancy was a mere 47 years. In 1950 it jumped
to 68 years. By 2005 life expectancy had reached 78 years.
The 20th century has brought considerable change during its
tenure. Technological advancements in the fields of chemistry and biology have heralded new drugs and new health
care techniques that have changed the face of medicine.
The discovery of penicillin has made fighting infection
with drugs a manageable and successful therapy. The creation of the polio vaccine by Jonas Salk in 1952 played a
vital and significant role in the prevention of the disease
which, prior to its introduction, had ravaged thousands in
the earlier part of the century.
The very first successful kidney organ transplant in 1954,
by Dr. Joseph Murray, paved the way for organ transplant