This is my comment on a post on Nancy Nall's blog in response to an article on the topic of old age and death (although I didn't see that word used; it's always "end of life" or something like that. The poor Boomers are really creeped out about us oldsters, apparently.
At age 72, I've seen it all when it comes to death (yes, that bad bad word). Holding my MIL's hand while she breathed her last was pretty intense. She was 97. And I say that one real problem and what really has elders worried is that medical care and long term care have gotten so expensive. I was with a group of peers yesterday and not a one of them had not had some horrendous medical procedure in the past 10 years or so. One woman was incredulous that her quadruple by-pass cost $250,000, and their co-pay was huge. It should not be this way. This rich society needs medical reform,badly. Right now my brother in law is in serious trouble with cancer. Does he want to die and graciously make way for others? Nein. Luckily he has good insurance to cover the radiation and chemo.
What we old people would really love from you youngsters is to be regarded as people,not "problems." If we are a drag on the economy with our needs for food, clothing, shelter and medical care, we are, of course, sorry. And if we get on your nerves, consider what a drag you were as kids.
So what is your vision of old age, anyway? Sick, demented, physically repulsive, right? And costing the earth to keep alive. How about an attitude adjustment?
You Boomers are next, ha ha. The youth generation gets old.
Maybe what I'm saying is, "Lighten up. We all gotta go sometime." Even if we weren't around taking up room and breathing the air, you would still have problems. Hey, some of us can even help you. Money, babysitting, wise advice...Don't be too hasty with the cyanide pie.
And for god sake, lighten up. You're depressing me.