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August 04, 2010

Is extra 4.1 years worth a move?

I have lived in the same house in La Crescenta for 47 years, and I've never seriously considered moving. But, based on the article ("La Cañada residents are living long lives," July 29) about the extraordinary longevity of La Cañada Flintridge residents, I must reconsider.

Since LCF residents live an average of 4.1 years longer than those of us in my town, I must pay attention. At my age, 4.1 years would mean that I would live approximately 50 % longer. That statistic is not to be ignored, but I figure that the price differential of similar homes in the two areas would amount to about $125,000 per year. Now THAT is a serious dilemma.

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Daryal Gant

La Crescenta

 

'Y' helps La Cañadans keep healthy

As a resident of La Cañada, I was most happy to learn La Cañada Flintridge topped the list of average life expectancy in the Los Angeles County. However, I felt one important organization was missing when describing the attributing factors to the longer life span — the Y. The Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA has been an impactful organization that has influenced healthy lifestyles to thousands of locals since the doors first opened in 1958.

For the past 43 years, the Y has used the slogan "We build strong kids, strong families, and strong communities," and that is exactly what has happened in the Foothills. The Y has positively influenced healthier lifestyles to the community by providing programs for people of all ages. Whether you are a toddler or a senior citizen, many programs can help change your life for the better.

In 2009, more than 14,000 members of this great community participated in programs or used our facilities at the Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA. This type of participation shows how many people in are committing themselves to living a healthy life. Each time someone comes through the door at the Y you are increasing your chance of living a longer life.

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