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Dying Before You're Old  
User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 47
Posted (12 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 928 times:

Here's a morbid question that me and the fellow co-workers just threw around:

Do you want to live to be old, or do you want to go out quickly?

No, I do not mean taking the dirt nap at 30. I'm still referring to old versus very old lives.

Which would you prefer?

Living to say 70 or 75-and dropping dead one morning, but still in more or less full command of all mental and physical functions, and have lived an active life right to the end?

Living to say 95 or 100, but the last 10 or 15 of those years were spent in a wheelchair, you've become incontinent, your mind is slowly deteriorating, but you've lived a decade or more beyond your "expectancy"?

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User currently offlineMalina From Germany, joined Jul 2000, 146 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 892 times:

So? We don't have a choice or option anyway, do we?
 Insane
If we had: dying in dignity seems to be the most positive choice, at any age...


User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 47
Reply 2, posted (12 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 887 times:

Well, actually to some degree, you do have a choice.

True, you're going to die eventually, there is no way around that.

Some people live on oat bran and granola, and exercise 5 hours a day. They are eternally paranoid about counting calories, ihaling smoke, etc. They're still going to die eventually. They tend to be the ones that eventually end up in the second group.

The first group tends to be the people who enjoy their steak, their cigars, and if they exercise, fine. But if they skip a day, they don't get in a fit about it.

True, they're more likely to be felled by a stroke or heart attack, but they don't walk around worrying about it.


User currently offlineHeavymetal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 866 times:

I want to die like my Grandfather. 89 years old, had his full funtion, wits and his drivers license until the end. Spent his last day on Earth one quiet summer a few years ago going to Home Depot, visiting his GREAT-grandkids, watching the Red Sox on tv and retiring to bed with a book.

My aunt found him the next morning with the book folded across his chest and his chin down like he had fallen asleep. You can't ask for any better end then that, I think.


User currently offlineMirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7443 posts, RR: 62
Reply 4, posted (12 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 858 times:
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It all depends on the circumstances. I work at a hospital full of Veterans.

I have seen some pretty young guys, at 52, devastated by MS, incontinent and the whole 9 yards.

Then again, I've also met a few 80 year olds that still hit the bars and one even still jogs.

I've also met 2 centaurians in my practice.

One was an woman of 102 years. Very coherent, and still reading novels. (it blew me away when she mentioned her 81 year old son. Everything is SO relative.)

The other guy was a WWI Vet, 103 years old. His only problem was he was hard of hearing. Otherwise, the guy had a decent quality of life.

The circumstances depend all upon quality of life.




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User currently offlineJetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (12 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 849 times:

I too, hope to die like my grandfather in a peaceful sleep. Not screaming my head off like the passengers in his car.


"Shaddap you!"
User currently offlineBombstar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (12 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 831 times:

I dont want to die.

User currently offlineLeftseat86 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (12 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 827 times:

I intend to live to 90/95 then jump out of a plane with no chute at 16000.
If you're gonna die, might as well do something nuts is what i say...
 Big grin


User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 47
Reply 8, posted (12 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 827 times:

leftseat86:

I candiggitt!


User currently offlineJetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 11
Reply 9, posted (12 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 816 times:

Leftseat, you can survive that if you land on your back. Of course, at 90/95 years old, straping on the chute might kill ya.  Big grin


"Shaddap you!"
User currently offlineSophieMaltese From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 2064 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (12 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 817 times:

I don't want to be old and miserable, I'd rather be dead.

User currently offlineAn-225 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 3950 posts, RR: 40
Reply 11, posted (12 years 9 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 804 times:

I think I'd rather die falling from WTC than shitting my pants while being 80.


Money does not bring you happiness. But it's better to cry in your own private limo than on a cold bus stop.
User currently offlineTbar220 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7013 posts, RR: 26
Reply 12, posted (12 years 9 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 795 times:

On the topic, has anybody read a book called "Lazarus Long"? Its about a guy who has immortality. He lives for around 3000 years I believe. Quite an interesting novel.


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User currently offlineZbeeblebrox74 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 774 times:

There can be only one  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

As for me, I'd prefer to go out when I am still able to enjoy my life, and hopefully having not outlived any of my (future) kids.


User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 761 times:

Talkin' 'bout my geeeeeneration...

[bass solo]



Charles


User currently offlineAerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7169 posts, RR: 13
Reply 15, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 744 times:

Life happens, so does death, why bother thinking about them cos they'll happen anyway...

User currently offlineCstarU From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 750 times:

Why not. Die young and leave a good-looking corpse.

User currently offlineYKA From Netherlands, joined Sep 2001, 766 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 738 times:

I intend to live forever...



User currently offlineFSPilot747 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 3599 posts, RR: 12
Reply 18, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 730 times:

Heavymetal: Your grandpa was a lucky guy to have died in such a beautiful way.

I try to avoid thinking about this question, even though it pops up in my mind so much. It just sort of depresses me. I guess I just really don't know the answer.

take care,
FSPilot747


User currently offlineJetguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 732 times:

When I die I want to go peacefully in my sleep like my grandfather - not screaming and crying like the passengers in his airplane.

User currently offlineJetguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 732 times:

Oops, I see that Jetservice beat me to it. (It would probably help it I read all of the posts before adding my 2 cents.) Oh well then, I guess that I'd like to be shot by a jealous husband when I'm 98 years old.


User currently offlineCPDC10-30 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 4780 posts, RR: 24
Reply 21, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 728 times:

My grandmother died last month and I hope I don't go the same way she did. For the last four years of her life she could barley get out of bed, she was very weak from severe skin cancer. She was reccomended to proceed with additional surgery this May but she declined it and died on the 9th of September. However, she did get one thing that she wanted...she had homecare nurses visit three times per day and she never had to leave her house.

I hope that I still enjoy life on the day that I die.


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