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Old 01-22-2016, 02:13 PM
 
Location: Backwoods of Maine
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Last Sunday, Santa Anita legend John Shear celebrated his 95th birthday. Still working at the track, the diminutive Shear (4'-10") does 60 pushups a day, and works to get away from his wife:

Santa Anita Park employee turns 95; celebrated for infectious attitude | abc7.com

Last night, my 94-year-old neighbor passed away at his home near Tampa FL, where he and his wife lived most of the year (they also have a place in Maine, quite near us).

My question to you is: would you want to live to the age of 94-95? Why, or why not?
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Old 01-22-2016, 02:24 PM
 
Location: VT; previously MD & NJ
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Well it would be nice to have great grands.

Would be nice to live long but only if my brain and body still work relatively well.
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Old 01-22-2016, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Columbia SC
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It would depend on my quality of life. When I no longer have a quality life (and I will define such), I want my life to end (and I will aid such if necessary) regardless of my age.
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Old 01-22-2016, 02:42 PM
 
Location: Backwoods of Maine
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Would be nice to live long but only if my brain and body still work relatively well.
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It would depend on my quality of life.
I completely agree.

Both these men lived/still live independently, and got/still get around very well. Ya just never know....
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Old 01-22-2016, 02:46 PM
 
Location: In a vehicle.
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Last Sunday, Santa Anita legend John Shear celebrated his 95th birthday. Still working at the track, the diminutive Shear (4'-10") does 60 pushups a day, and works to get away from his wife:

Santa Anita Park employee turns 95; celebrated for infectious attitude | abc7.com

Last night, my 94-year-old neighbor passed away at his home near Tampa FL, where he and his wife lived most of the year (they also have a place in Maine, quite near us).

My question to you is: would you want to live to the age of 94-95? Why, or why not?
If I could be assured to have all physical abilities stay at a high enough point I need no help to get around, I can feed myself, and do everything a 55 year old can...Then yes.
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Old 01-22-2016, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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No, I would not. I say this mainly because I am not prepared financially to live that long.
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Old 01-22-2016, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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My mom lived into her 90s. It wasn't a picnic for her, or for us. After she had her stroke, I told my DH I didn't want to live that long. She had so many losses: family, friends, mind, memory, and finally mobility.

There isn't a good answer to this; if you retained your health and enough wealth to live comfortably, then I don't see it as a problem. But if I have severe health reverses, and my personal losses are extreme, then no.

The thing is, we don't get to choose.

I really don't want to outlive my children though.
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Old 01-22-2016, 02:57 PM
 
Location: Backwoods of Maine
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One of the funniest cartoons I can recall, relating to old age:

An obviously aged man in a hospital bed, hooked up to all manner of tubes and machinery, was surrounded by news reporters: "To what. Mr.(X), do you attribute your attaining the remarkable age of 108?". I was only about 30 when I saw that (I'm 68 now), and my reaction was exactly that!
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Old 01-22-2016, 03:00 PM
 
Location: Cochise county, AZ
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Thank heavens they now have the form you fill out/as to how much you want done before they pull the plug. I picked that if it impair my quality of life, let me go.
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Old 01-22-2016, 03:12 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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I have a grandmother who lived till her 90s, but her hearing was bad when she was in her 60s. Maybe I'll live that long since my hearing is starting to go. But seriously, who knows, it's up to god, I hope I'll be healthy.
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