HOPE I DIE
BEFORE I GET REALLY REALLY REALLY OLD!
Did anyone else watch Frontline tonight?
Living Old was an examination into how our society is going to deal with caring for 70 Million people over the age of 65..
that's right over the next 30 years twenty per cent (1 in 5) of the population will be older adults.
The fastest growing segment of society is the 85+ crowd..we are about to become the first mass geriatric society.
Apparently unless you have 3 daughters or daughters in law to take care of you..
you won't be dying at home in your bed..
which is the fantasy death that everyone craves..
go to sleep and never wake up...
but most of us will die in a hospital.
Our system is not set up to handle this crisis and all of the Doctors who were featured in this show vowed to NEVER EVER let their lives deteriorate to these pathetic physical and mental levels of most of the 85+ patients..
the Doctors, like myself, all seemed intent on optting out if you know what I mean.
Up until maybe fifty years ago most people had the good sense and common decency to go when their time was up...before our modern invasive miracles. Now if a body cannot not sustain life they can artificailly preserve it and grant the family of the beloved the joy of waiting for a medical catastrophe to end their life.
Young people are afraid of not living forever and old people are afraid of living forever.
How about you?
Do you want to stay alive for as long as possible,
at any cost, no matter what condition your body is in?