Matt D
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Dying Before You're Old

Sun Oct 07, 2001 11:30 pm

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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RE: Dying Before You're Old

Sun Oct 07, 2001 11:41 pm

So? We don't have a choice or option anyway, do we?
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Matt D
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RE: Dying Before You're Old

Sun Oct 07, 2001 11:45 pm

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.
 
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RE: Dying Before You're Old

Mon Oct 08, 2001 12:31 am

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.
 
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RE: Dying Before You're Old

Mon Oct 08, 2001 12:42 am

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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RE: Dying Before You're Old

Mon Oct 08, 2001 1:20 am

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!"
 
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RE: Dying Before You're Old

Mon Oct 08, 2001 3:02 am

I dont want to die.
 
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RE: Dying Before You're Old

Mon Oct 08, 2001 3:36 am

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...
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RE: Dying Before You're Old

Mon Oct 08, 2001 3:37 am

leftseat86:

I candiggitt!
 
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RE: Dying Before You're Old

Mon Oct 08, 2001 5:24 am

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
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RE: Dying Before You're Old

Mon Oct 08, 2001 5:28 am

I don't want to be old and miserable, I'd rather be dead.
 
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RE: Dying Before You're Old

Mon Oct 08, 2001 8:20 am

I think I'd rather die falling from WTC than shitting my pants while being 80.
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RE: Dying Before You're Old

Mon Oct 08, 2001 8:49 am

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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RE: Dying Before You're Old

Thu Oct 11, 2001 8:12 pm

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.
 
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RE: Dying Before You're Old

Thu Oct 11, 2001 9:44 pm

Talkin' 'bout my geeeeeneration...

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RE: Dying Before You're Old

Fri Oct 12, 2001 12:48 pm

Life happens, so does death, why bother thinking about them cos they'll happen anyway...
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RE: Dying Before You're Old

Fri Oct 12, 2001 12:57 pm

Why not. Die young and leave a good-looking corpse.
 
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RE: Dying Before You're Old

Fri Oct 12, 2001 1:07 pm

I intend to live forever...

 
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RE: Dying Before You're Old

Fri Oct 12, 2001 1:50 pm

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,
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RE: Dying Before You're Old

Fri Oct 12, 2001 1:58 pm

When I die I want to go peacefully in my sleep like my grandfather - not screaming and crying like the passengers in his airplane.
 
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RE: Dying Before You're Old

Fri Oct 12, 2001 2:02 pm

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.
 
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RE: Dying Before You're Old

Fri Oct 12, 2001 2:06 pm

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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