There's no comfort in the truth,
pain is all you'll find
--George Michael, "Careless Whisper"
We had a birthday celebration this weekend for a 65 year old. We didn't have 65 candles for the cake (and, had we had that many, we undoubtedly would have set off the fire alarms, but that's a different story).
We did, however, have 6. So SLM decided to use one candle per decade. Now, we have a nicely manageable 6 candles on the (yummy!) ((gluten-free)) carrot cake.
My birthday is coming up, and I suggested the same protocol -- we can use one candle for each decade, requiring 4 candles on my cake.
Note that the difference between candles -- 6 versus 4 -- is much less than the difference in actual years -- 65 versus 43.
The "one per decade" rule is actually log(10)[age], for those of you who want an equation.
For the rest, when you want to make things look closer together, for a birthday or a chart, use a log scale like "one per decade". For example, there are ~2.25 log-words in this post.