You know trying to stay healthy and independent as long as you can is not a job for sissies. It is multitasking personified. I am always ranting about how the longevity marketplace is constantly trying to sell us the perfect retirement lifestyle. Well here is someone who is trying to sell premature death!
This gentleman (an oncologist and bioethicist ) originally wrote in The Atlantic, proposing that at age 75 we should all stop any life prolonging activities so as not to become burdens on the rest of society. When past one’s prime of creativity and contributing to society, why bother. He of course at the end of the article, disallows that he is trying to stop anyone from living as long as they can, but this is supposed to about his choices right?
You can read the very long original article: http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2014/10/why-i-hope-to-die-at-75/379329/ This is a switch, someone in their late fifties trying to sell the idea of suspending all life supporting activities pass the age of 75. He hits the the age 75 mark in 2032.
Stop taking your medication. Refuse chemo if that is offered. Realize what a burden you will be if your mind goes fuzzy. This article was originally published in 2014, but Dr Emanuel is back out on his own campaign trail talking to senior housing conferences.
So to counterbalance, I would like to point out that the way you get to a healthy active true elderly age of 75 and beyond is by not ignoring the obvious. Think of it as a series of selfies ( not the phone kind but a note to self).
So right now I am looking forward (not waiting another 8 years) to pledge to continue to do all those things that are helping me age well. You know the litany: moderate exercise, healthy eating , staying social etc, keep challenging and learning new things etc. etc. I want to stop here before I sound like a magazine article. The most important thing is to be realistic about your abilities and temper that with reality. So if you are not up for booking for an early checkout, keep up the good work out there.
I not sure if it is fear of decrepitude and a diminished image of himself that Dr Emanuel can not accept. The message is I will fall on my sword and stop the silver tsunami , why don’t you. He claims to be around older folks that are doing well, but to him, they are the outliers. Does everyone have to contribute to others up to the day they die?
Keeping up with the flow of life will get tougher in many aspects as we age. There are many things that will diminish, I am not denying that but that does not mean you shut off the trickle of joys that life can bring.