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3 years 51 weeks
I wouldn't call an "old" dad selfish. It's not really a problem for society. In many cultures, men marry late and have children late. From the patriarchs in the O.T to todays "late marriages" (for women and men) and RE marriages. Having a child is ALWAYS selfish, even at 20... that is until they're actually born... then all the love even a 60 yr old father can give is anything BUT selfish. On the other hand I just read a study: a link between a fathers age and certain mental diseases has been observed. Older men (above 40) having children have increased immensely these past 20 yrs and so has schizophrenia, autism and other mental conditions. There are more cases of the two conditions in children with fathers over 40 (at the moment of their conception).
3 years 51 weeks
There are many offspring of older dad who suffer genetic disorders due to the paternal age effect. Paternal age effect From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search The paternal age effect describes the influence that a father's age has on the chances of conferring a genetic defect to his offspring. Generally, older men have a greater probability of fathering children with a genetic defect than younger men do. This is seen as likely due to genetic copying errors which may increase in number after repeated spermatogenesis cycles over a man's lifetime.  Disorders correlated with paternal age Achondroplasia (dwarfism); craniofacial disorders such as Apert syndrome and Crouzon Syndrome; mental retardation of unknown etiologies; autism; bipolar disorder; and 25% of schizophrenia cases are correlated with advanced paternal age. 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"Paternal age is a risk factor for Alzheimer disease in the absence of a major gene". Neuroscience 1 (4): 277–80. doi:10.1007/s100480050041. http://www.springerlink.com/content/j2xvhj1r9c4vyh6h/. Sipos A, Rasmussen F, Harrison G, Tynelius P, Lewis G, Leon DA, Gunnell D (2004). "Paternal age and schizophrenia: a population based (sic) cohort study". BMJ Online 329: 1070. doi:10.1136/bmj.38243.672396.55. PMID 15501901. http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/abstract/bmj.38243.672396.55v1. "DNA repair activity linked to paternal age effect". University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. 2000-08-28. http://www.uthscsa.edu/opa/issues/new33-32/graduate.htm. Bray I, Gunnell D, Smith GD (2006). "Advanced paternal age: How old is too old?". Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 60: 851–3. doi:10.1136/jech.2005.045179. http://jech.bmj.com/cgi/content/abstract/60/10/851. Montgomery SM, Lambe M, Tomas O, Ekbom A (2004). 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J Urol 169 (6): 2275–8. doi:10.1097/01.ju.0000067958.36077.d8. PMID 12771769. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=12771769&dopt=Abstract. Rami B, Schneider U, Imhof A, Waldhör T, Schober E (1999). "Risk factors for type I diabetes mellitus in children in Austria". Eur J Pediatr 158 (5): 362–6. doi:10.1007/s004310051092. PMID 10333115. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=pubmed&cmd=Retrieve&dopt=AbstractPlus&list_uids=10333115&query_hl=22&itool=pubmed_docsum. Singh NP, Muller CH, Berger RE (2003). "Effects of age on DNA double-strand breaks and apoptosis in human sperm". Fertility and sterility 80 (6): 1420–30. doi:10.1016/j.fertnstert.2003.04.002. http://cat.inist.fr/?aModele=afficheN&cpsidt=15380275. Lauritsen MB, Pedersen CB, Mortensen PB (2005). "Effects of familial risk factors and place of birth on the risk of autism: a nationwide register-based study". 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3 years 51 weeks
Selfish, IMO. You have a baby at 65.... and you may not live to see your kid graduate high school
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