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Sunday
Jul282013

Couple Born on Same Day, Married 75 Years, Die One Day Apart

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(LONG BEACH, Calif.) -- A California couple born on the same day and married for 75 years, died only one day apart.

According to the Long Beach Press-Telegram, Helen and Les Brown died on July 16 and 17 respectively, both were 94.

Zach Henderson, owner of the Ma N’Pa Grocery in Long Beach, Calif., said he saw the couple almost daily and called their relationship “a wonderful blessing.”

“About a year ago, [Helen] had her hand on his face and they were cheek to cheek,” Henderson said. “She said, ‘Isn’t he the most handsome man you’ve ever seen?’ That’s exactly how they were. They were full of love and passion.”

According to the Press-Telegram, the couple also shared the same birthday of Dec. 31, 1918, and eloped in 1937 after they met in high school.

Henderson said that even though the couple was in their 90s they remained active in their community and insisted a local band set up in their driveway during a residential block party.

“They were fun-loving and beautiful people,” Henderson said.

The couple was Jehovah’s Witnesses and their oldest son, Les Brown Jr., told the Press-Telegram their faith strengthened their marriage.

“It was a real love match, wasn’t it,” said Les Brown Jr. “They were together every day for 75 years.”

When they died, the Press-Telegram reported that Les Brown was suffering from Parkinson’s disease and Helen Brown had stomach cancer. However, Henderson said he never realized that Helen Brown was sick, even though he dropped off groceries to their home almost on daily basis.

“She was completely cognitive,” Henderson said, describing how he found Helen Brown a few days before she died. “It seems like she was waiting for Les to be comfortable and they were going to move on to something else with each other.”

A public service was held for the couple on Saturday afternoon in Long Beach, Calif.

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Thursday
May262011

Census Data Reveals Aging Population

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Women continue to have longer life expectancies than men, but according to new 2010 Census data released Thursday, men are inching towards women as they narrow the gender gap in old age. Technological, healthcare, and policy advancements are providing many Americans with tools to lead longer lives.

In the category of Americans ages 65 and older, the number of men has grown by 21 percent since 2000 while the number of women has increased at a slower pace of 11.2 percent.  In the subgroup of Americans ages 65 to 74, the male-to-female ratio has narrowed.  Women only exceed men by 1.5 million, a drop from 1.8 million in 2000.

Women continue to outnumber men in the United States by 5.18 million, a slight jump from the 5.3 million difference in 2000.  Despite being outnumbered, the number of men in the country increased at a faster rate, growing by 9.9 percent, while the number of women only increased by 9.5 percent.  For every 100 women in the U.S. in 2010, there were 96.7 men.  In 2000, the male-female ratio was 96.3.

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