Reality court TV star Judge Joseph Wapner recently died of natural causes at the age of 97 in his Los Angeles home. He was known for being tough but fair on one of my favorite shows while I attended law school - “The People’s Court.” Judge Wapner was a mainstay on the program for 12 years and more than 2,000 episodes. He has been credited with inspiring the likes of Judge Judy and Judge Joe Brown as well as Hot Bench. He left behind quite a legacy, but there is one accomplishment I cannot overlook -- his longevity.
Life expectancy is one way to assess the overall health of different countries and populations. In the U.S., for example, life expectancy has been increasing over the years, according to the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control. The latest numbers are age 81 for females and 76 for males. The overall age for life expectancy in the U.S. is around 78. Many people can also attest that they know people well into their 80s and even 90s. But even still, we may be lagging behind.
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