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Old 03-30-2016, 09:54 AM
 
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I don't get the infatuation with living very old. A nursing home? Barely being able to see, hear or walk is not living. Not having the ability to do things on my own is more frightening than dying. I look at even "healthy" 90 year olds and shudder. Not to mention the drain on our medical system and our families.

Thankfully modern medicine has allowed us to live happier and healthier well into our 80's and that's where we benefit. But until someone figures out how to slow the aging process...no thanks.

Please powers that be ...let me live well into my 80's (if I'm lucky) and then strike me down swiftly and efficiently
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Old 03-30-2016, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Durham NC
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I do. I had 2 family members live into their mid '90's. I have children and grandchildren and while I won't be playing pickup soccer games with my grandson's soccer team like I did with my son I would still like to see them grow up get married and have kids.
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Old 03-30-2016, 10:05 AM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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If I could find a way to live to 300, I would. 90 isn't that old anymore.
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Old 03-30-2016, 10:09 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Do any of you really want to live to 90?

And we get a CHOICE?.... What are the options?

I lost a great friend last yr @ 96. He was driving his Mustang Cobra up until the day he died, and he had a LOT of fun into his 90's.

A nearby gal friend is driving her Subaru up and down a mtn daily at age 93, she has and continues to have a great life post age 90.

Me? I've been on borrowed time since age 49. Each day and new adventure is a gift (and that is a choice too)
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Old 03-30-2016, 10:30 AM
 
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I don't get the infatuation with living very old. A nursing home? Barely being able to see, hear or walk is not living. Not having the ability to do things on my own is more frightening than dying. I look at even "healthy" 90 year olds and shudder. Not to mention the drain on our medical system and our families.

Seems like you are comparing apples and oranges. Not all 90 year olds are not able to hear, walk or see - and many people much younger suffer from those ailments. All it takes is a bad stroke and a healthy 60 year old can turn into a helpless dependent.
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Old 03-30-2016, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Sylmar, a part of Los Angeles
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I know a lady who is 90, she passes out bulletins and is a greeter at church on Sunday, go's to Vintage senors fellowship Tuesday morning and helps with bulletin stuffing Friday. She drives.
This is a big church, there is several about 86 equally active.
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Old 03-30-2016, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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My mom died at 102. She was still the Golden Agers club president at age 100. She planned activities, wrote a newsletter and handled all the details at the town hall. She cut her own grass til age 89. She gardened and planted flowers til she died. In 2000 she was the parade grand marshall for the village's 4th of July celebration. She was senior citizen of the year a few times and had luncheons in her honor. She lived in a 2 story house her whole life and never had a cleaning lady. One spring she was seen hanging out of the second story window, cleaning out the gutter.

My point is we all live as long as we are needed on earth. Whether or not you want to live to 90 is not a good question. You may not have a choice so better make the best of it.
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Old 03-30-2016, 10:45 AM
 
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Who knows?

My mom is in her early 80s but if you were around her you'd imagine her to be at least 10 if not 15 years younger. Meanwhile, some of my cohort look like they are in their early 70s even though this cohort is in its early 50s.
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Old 03-30-2016, 11:04 AM
 
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I think the age one thinks is "enough" goes up as one's age does.
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Old 03-30-2016, 11:12 AM
 
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I don't get the infatuation with living very old. A nursing home? Barely being able to see, hear or walk is not living. Not having the ability to do things on my own is more frightening than dying. I look at even "healthy" 90 year olds and shudder. Not to mention the drain on our medical system and our families.

Thankfully modern medicine has allowed us to live happier and healthier well into our 80's and that's where we benefit. But until someone figures out how to slow the aging process...no thanks.

Please powers that be ...let me live well into my 80's (if I'm lucky) and then strike me down swiftly and efficiently
Not me! My mom is 92 and every day we wonder if it will be her last
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