Old age

I once told a friend that if I had my way, I do not wish to live beyond 60 or at most 70 years old. He said I was being pessimistic. Really?

“The world population is rapidly ageing. Between 2000 and 2050, the proportion of the world’s population over 60 years will double from about 11% to 22%. The absolute number of people aged 60 years and over is expected to increase from 605 million to 2 billion over the same period.” – World Health Organization

Aging is an inevitable cycle of life. If you are still strong and healthy, life would be rosy. With the current medical advancement, the life expectancy of a human has increased. World Health Organization predicts that the number of people aged 80 years or older will have almost quadrupled to 395 million between 2000 and 2050. But, my question is, given a choice, would everyone want to live for so long?

Personally, I have watched three of my grandparents passed away – all three due to old age. They were all above 70 with my grandpa setting the record of the oldest living person I know at 106. From what I’ve seen, old age is never kind to anyone, including their loved ones. Mental decline sets in and the bubbly person you used to know slowly disappears before your eyes. Watching my grandparents suffer before their death was heart-breaking. The worst is feeling so helpless over the whole situation.

I don’t want this to happen to me and I don’t want my loved ones to suffer from watching me deteriorate. However, unless euthanasia is legalised, it does not look like I have a choice in the matter.

It is not death that scares me but to living as a burden to others.

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