Why I Hope to Die at 75
Joyce Park stashed this in Healthcare
A powerful and provocative statement about what it means to want to live until age 75. I sort of suspect that many doctors actually handle their own geriatric health decisions roughly as described here. The author is not suicidal, by the way.
It's a well written article that explains the reasoning behind his decision.
I am talking about how long I want to live and the kind and amount of health care I will consent to after 75. Americans seem to be obsessed with exercising, doing mental puzzles, consuming various juice and protein concoctions, sticking to strict diets, and popping vitamins and supplements, all in a valiant effort to cheat death and prolong life as long as possible. This has become so pervasive that it now defines a cultural type: what I call the American immortal.
I reject this aspiration. I think this manic desperation to endlessly extend life is misguided and potentially destructive. For many reasons, 75 is a pretty good age to aim to stop.
Great article; thank you so much for sharing that.
It really makes me think about how much we should appreciate health while we have it.
And how we have to remember that we must fight for it with all our daily choices.