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Old Yesterday, 04:29 PM
 
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Many old people just seem like they were waiting to die.
That kind of begs the question, why do we expend so many of society's scarce medical resources keeping them alive?

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I agree I do not want to end up that way. Even worse are years of semi-vegetative living and senility spend in a nursing home. Maybe the biological imperative will take over, but I have plans not to end that way.
Me neither. When it's my time, just push me in front of a bus.
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Old Yesterday, 04:31 PM
 
Location: Upstate NY 🇺🇸
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What do you do, watch him every minute?

Poor guy!
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Old Yesterday, 04:36 PM
 
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Have a 5 year plan.
Have a 2 year plan.
Have a 1 year plan.
Have a quarterly plan.
Have a monthly plan.

Even in retirement.

It is OK for the plan to be "do nothing" but it should be the result of thinking it through and deciding what's important.
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Old Yesterday, 04:38 PM
 
Location: South Park, San Diego
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I came in here thinking this was going to describe a drooling invalid, unaware of his/her surroundings yet suffering in constant pain to which I would wholeheartedly agree with the OP’s pronouncement. And yet here it is just describing a guy chilling after years of hard work and responsibilities and enjoying his time the way he wants to.

Please Lord allow me to at some time get to this point!
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Old Yesterday, 04:40 PM
 
Location: Sylmar, a part of Los Angeles
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I only read pg. 1 & 6 but at 80 you get tired quickly and often. At 76 I'm slowing up. But I still hope to have many more years to go.
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Old Yesterday, 04:54 PM
 
Location: 49th parallel
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I only read pg. 1 & 6 but at 80 you get tired quickly and often. At 76 I'm slowing up. But I still hope to have many more years to go.
You didn't miss much. Half the posters were saying, "I'm 92 and I'm still going strong with 15 activities every day," and the other half were telling the OP to get lost and mind his own business.
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Old Yesterday, 05:17 PM
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Location: Florida/Tennessee
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Have a 5 year plan.
Have a 2 year plan.
Have a 1 year plan.
Have a quarterly plan.
Have a monthly plan.

Even in retirement.

It is OK for the plan to be "do nothing" but it should be the result of thinking it through and deciding what's important.
Having no plan is a plan for failure.
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Old Yesterday, 05:21 PM
 
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You didn't miss much. Half the posters were saying, "I'm 92 and I'm still going strong with 15 activities every day," and the other half were telling the OP to get lost and mind his own business.
lol
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Old Yesterday, 05:36 PM
 
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I feel bad for the OP. This continual need to be productive — I’ve seen a number of people who have sucked the joy out of their lives because they need to be productive.
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Old Yesterday, 05:37 PM
 
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Apologies in advance to those of you who like to spend every day piddling around and doing nothing but watch the grass grow, but I think I'd rather eat my gun than to live a life without some kind of goal or purpose and *something* to strive for and/or get done every day.

My 80yo dad just watches the hours pass on the clock, book-ending his days with morning coffee and evening supper, with not much to show for the entire day in between. On occasion, he'll get fired up to do something in his workshop, but other than that, nada.

I fully recognize that I have NO RIGHT TO JUDGE. It's his retirement and he can do, or not do, whatever he pleases. It just kills me to see someone -- anyone -- wasting precious time.
Does your dad like to read? Perhaps he'd be interested in something like

The Edge of Physics: A Journey to Earth's Extremes to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe

or

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
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