BBC is running a series of shows about the perils of old age, focusing on the human aspect of suffering and the economic aspect of sustainability, particularly with regards to pensions and the NHS
I'm quite lucky in that, despite a predisposition to depression, there is no history of disease in my family, my grandparents are in there 80s and quite active (playing bowls and holidaying in Italy) and my great granddad lived into his 100s
By the time I'm old enough, retirement age will be something silly like 75, that's if I even get a state pension. But I guess if you stay fit and eat healthily the perils of old age can be ameliorated, I see people who are verging on obese now whose quality of life in old age will surely be dreadful
I don't know what advances in technology there will be in medicine by 2060 (potentially the year I will retire if I don't get hit by a car or WWIII claims us all) but even if I stay as healthy as I can through diet and exercise I don't want to live forever. The only comfort of death is that it happens to everyone
Those who are eating and living well to improve their quality of life must also be looking to increase their longevity also. But I personally wouldn't want to live much past 90 (if I'm even lucky enough to live that long) unless advancements in technology make it much more comfortable
I want to live for as long as I have a good quality of life.
Assuming that I'll have things like grandkids/ great grandkids, new books, films and music to check out and hobbies and interests that I can still explore, I don't want to set an arbitrary number.
Well, let's just say if they created a cure for ageing today it would be the one and only time you would see me camping out the night before to get a good place in line to buy it.
As a Christian I believe that we live each day using our time, talents, and abilities as wisely as possible. If trials and pain come, and they do, we carry on with grace. Nobody can add a single day to their own life on earth, but we take care so we can serve.
Years ago, in the nursing home, I took care of a man who was an award winning doctorate scientist. His life work was stopped suddenly at age 35 by a CVA. The brain seemed to still be there but he was partially paralyzed and non verbal. His mom would come and take him out on weekends. A major feat since he had an indwelling cath and feeding tube. He used a communication board, laughed and was a very sweet guy. I would never say his life was less valuable at that point. Certainly his mom was still glad to have him alive.
Sometimes I think we're morons to entertain questions like this.
I want to live as long as possible, see as many sights, cities, counties, and have as many adventures as possible, read more books, swim in more bodies of water, etc. I want to be able to relax but to feel productive, I want to garden and a small farm again (how I grew up) and have kids, grandkids, even great grandkids. Quality of life is definitely a factor, so I am just focusing on the positives, and just hoping for the best, planning to whatever I can and allowing for flexibility.
I want to live a full, rich life. And then I want to drop dead. No lingering decay and decrepitude, no isolation and irrelevance, no dehumanization and dependency.
I'm 45. I don't know when I'm going to die. It could be tomorrow, it could be 60 years from now, or it could be at any point in between. But I want to be fully alive, active, and engaged right up until it happens. It's not the actual dying that I'm afraid of; it's all the humiliating unpleasantness most people have to go through to get there that I hope to avoid.
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