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Research links economic status and life expectancy

2 Fla. counties show inequities

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. — This prosperous community is the picture of the good and ever longer life — just what policy makers have in mind when they say that raising the eligibility age for Social Security and Medicare is a fair way to rein in the nation’s troublesome debt.

The county’s plentiful and well-tended golf courses teem with youthful-looking retirees. The same is true on the county’s 41 miles of Atlantic Ocean beaches, abundant tennis courts, and extensive network of biking and hiking trails.

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