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Thistle
Thistle

old hand
Location: Nottingham UK
Member Since: 27th Jan 2001
Total posts: 950
Posted:I work with elderly and disabled people. One of my clients is 103. She said to me, "You don't want to be 103 you know." When I asked why she said, "Because everyone I ever knew is dead. When all my friends died I made new friends and now they're all dead too."

It got me thinking about how old I'd like to get and I decided that about 80 would be my limit, unless of course some clever scientist (Mike ) found out how to reverse the ageing process.

What about you how old do you really want to get?


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TheBovrilMonkey
TheBovrilMonkey

Liquid Cow
Location: High Wycombe, England
Member Since: 3rd Sep 2001
Total posts: 2629
Posted:It depends entirely on how my body and mind decine.

I saw my grandad who had alzheimer's gradually lose the plot (I'm trying to come up with ways of saying it as inoffensively as I can).
It didn't help that he was in the RAF and posted to various places around the globe - he kept thinking he was somewhere he'd been posted. He was eventually moved into a nursing home after trying to break through his double glazed windows to escape his house.
He also managed to climb the 6 foot high walls and escape from the nursing home twice - not bad for a 79 year old .
Anyway, because I've seen what can happen when someone's mind starts to decline, I really don't want that to happen to me, partially because I don't like the idea of not having control over what I do, and partially because I don't want to be a burden to my family (assuming I have a family of my own by then).

Actually, I also dislike thinking about being bed-ridden for the same reasons. I think it all comes down to wanting to go out gracefully and being remembered for what I was like for the majority of my life, rather than at the end.

That's going to have to be it from me at the moment, I'm finding it hard to keep writing after talking about my grandad, I might be back with a few more thoughts later though.


But there's no sense crying over every mistake. You just keep on trying till you run out of cake.

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DRAGULA
member
Location: Where no one can find me.
Member Since: 7th Sep 2002
Total posts: 70
Posted:i'd say aboot 80-90
Me, i have no friendz only servants who yell at me anywayz.


Are you okay?I don't Know.....I'm generally f***ed up so it's kinda hard to gauge-Rainbow Randolph

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master sodium
member
Location: carson city, nevada
Member Since: 13th Apr 2002
Total posts: 536
Posted:if I happen to make it to 70-80 years old I think it will be aboot time to shoot up a vial or two of LSD, cause either I'll end up dead, or have one helluva ride til the end.

dont think I'll actually do it, but its fun to say now.


you can't have a war against terrorism because war IS terrorism.it's not about worshipping fire. its about making the fire want to worship you.

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Doc Lightning
Doc Lightning

HOP Mad Doctor
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Member Since: 28th May 2001
Total posts: 13920
Posted:quote:Originally posted by Thistle:
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It got me thinking about how old I'd like to get and I decided that about 80 would be my limit, unless of course some clever scientist (Mike ) found out how to reverse the ageing process.It's gonna cost ya!


-Mike )'(
Certified Mad Doctor and HoP High Priest of Nutella

"A buckuht 'n a hooze!" -Valura

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Trippie Hippie
Trippie Hippie

old hand
Location: Bewildered state of nothingnes...
Member Since: 18th May 2002
Total posts: 733
Posted:I sold my sole to satan, so i will live forever!!!! *muhahaha*


Trippie Hippie- Monty Dons secret love child

Fly like a mouse, run like a pillow, be the small book case.

"Last night i met some pixies and we danced around a stone".

Because dressing up is fun.

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SmallBoy - x
SmallBoy - x

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: London
Member Since: 29th May 2002
Total posts: 2737
Posted:I'd like to live past 30, but then obviously the "old bastard" jokes would get overwhelming, and my chances of getting laid would be seriously reduced unless I got mar*ied or something.....arrrrrrghhhhhhhhh - what a horrific thought!!!

Small Lardy Person In Disguise

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Kyrian
Dreamer
Location: York, England
Member Since: 15th Mar 2002
Total posts: 4308
Posted:i actually have 80 something (above 85) year old great-grandparenst that are very active still. both are fit for their age, can walk easily, clib stairs wander around town, drive, fully mentally capable, etc. great-grandma-s english is deteriorating a little (she learnt it in her 30's) but other than that they are about the same. great-grandfather is in better condition than many 50yo's i know, and looks fitter than many 20yo's! so... my answer? if i can hit 90 looking like them i'm all for it! after that, well,..... we shall see then, eh?

Keep your dream alive
Dreamin is still how the strong survive

Shalom VeAhavah

New Hampshire has a point....

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Allie
member
Location: Manchester, UK
Member Since: 10th Sep 2002
Total posts: 30
Posted:I think so long as I could still do what I wanted it would be cool to be really old!

My Great Grandad is nearly 101 (birthday in a few weeks) and he can still cook for himself and do what he wants - he gats some help from relatives but still has his own house n stuff.

However if I am going to be ill and have to live in nursing homes etc I don't think it would be much fun

Besides by then I may have learnt enough genetics stuff to have whole armies of me - what a scary thought!


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Tika
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Location: BC, Canada
Member Since: 1st Jan 2002
Total posts: 106
Posted:I think it would depend on how I am mentally and physically. I have met people in there 90 who don't look it or act it and I've met people who are 70 and can't do anything for themselves.
As long as I am healthy and can take care of myself I'll be good for life.


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NYC
NYC

NYC
Location: NYC, NY, USA
Member Since: 26th Aug 2001
Total posts: 9232
Posted:I'd want to live as long as possible. I mean just THINK how good the video games are gonna be!

Well, shall we go?
Yes, let's go.
[They do not move.]

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Raymund Phule (Fireproof)
Raymund Phule (Fireproof)

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Location: San Diego California
Member Since: 31st Dec 2001
Total posts: 2905
Posted:If I feel that I cant make it to the bathroom without

A) pissin myself

B) needing help

Then I want to die!

Untill thing life is good


Some Jarhead last night: "this dumb a$$ thinks hes fireproof"

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Magnus
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Location: Bath, UK
Member Since: 5th Sep 2002
Total posts: 279
Posted:Am I the only person that really, really would be quite happy to live forever?

Assuming it's possible (maybe through science, maybe through eating spinach) to maintain a healthy mind, body and soul, yes, I really would like to live forever.

I wouldn't bother hanging around as a brain in a jar, but I'd be quite happy spending eternity with the level of health my grandmother seems to maintain. She's travelled more than I have this year, and is generally alert and active.


Magnus... pay it forward

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SmallBoy - x
SmallBoy - x

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: London
Member Since: 29th May 2002
Total posts: 2737
Posted:If u have the person of your dreams at your side then 4ever isn't long enough.

If not then who cares..........


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Kurobei
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Location: The Phire Kru
Member Since: 19th Aug 2002
Total posts: 786
Posted:I'd agree with the first part but not the second.

[ 19 September 2002, 02:42: Message edited by: Kurobei ]


whats up with all the limitations?

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Pele
Pele

the henna lady
Location: WNY, USA
Member Since: 15th Dec 2000
Total posts: 6193
Posted:I intend to live forever.
So far...so good!


Pele
Higher, higher burning fire...making music like a choir
"Oooh look! A pub!" -exclaimed after recovering from a stupid fall
"And for the decadence of art, nothing beats a roaring fire." -TMK

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Paddy
back from the dead...sort of
Location: 4341'N 7938'W
Member Since: 23rd Feb 2002
Total posts: 884
Posted:I'm with the forever crowd. I'm hoping technology will advance, before I die, to the point that I can upload my brain to another piece of hardware. preferably one that won't keep forgetting where I put the remote.

NYC...sometimes I look at babies and realize that what the Nintendo was to us (in its pixelated, 8 bit glory), the Gamecube will be to them. lucky bastards.


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Raphael96
old hand
Location: New York City
Member Since: 8th Sep 2002
Total posts: 899
Posted:I just don't want to die before I die.

So, I try to make the most of my time while I still am able to.

Raph


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theblackunicorn
member
Location: fort worth, TX, USA
Member Since: 2nd Mar 2002
Total posts: 119
Posted:im right there with Borvil and Tika. so long as i am able to take care of myself and still have the mental capacity to learn, then life can go on as long as it likes. seeing as how my two favorite things in the world are (other than spinning of course) learning anything new and cooking. so as long as i can do that and live my life without the restrictons of a wheelchair (no offence to those who are disabled mind you, but i had to spend 8 days in one after a severe head injury, and the thought of not haveing the ability to walk scares the hell outta me.) and can think with a clear mind, then ill still be here playin with fire and living the most enjoyable life i am able to. but i dont think whats important is how long you live, but HOW you live. i know people who have died at the age of 15 that have had a more enjoyable and fun life than some who have died at 95. so its all about making sure you just have fun being alive, not worrying about when you wont be.

its to dying in anothers arms and why i had to try it......

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SickpuPpy
SickpuPpy

Ninja Rockstar!
Location: Denver, Co. U.S.A.
Member Since: 27th Nov 2001
Total posts: 1100
Posted:If I had my say, I would stay 21 forever. I turn 22 in precicely 24 days (23 if you live in Oz, or Kiwi) and I am really freaked out. I don't want to be old pretty soon I'll be twenty five with next stop thirtiesville and then life as I know it will be over

Jesus helps me trick people.

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Flynt
Flynt

Intrepid Penguin

Member Since: 12th May 2002
Total posts: 5635
Posted:im not nearly as scared of dying as i am of getting old......
seriously!


Currently on the right side up of the world.

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Thistle
Thistle

old hand
Location: Nottingham UK
Member Since: 27th Jan 2001
Total posts: 950
Posted:There are some very interesting answers here which give me food for thought. Some of you obviously have a clear idea of how infirm/disabled you would be able to tollerate being.

When I asked the question I was not really thinking about disability. I was thinking about the loneliness and isolation that the elderly experience. That is why I would not want to get any older that 80. The loss of all my friends and having no one left to share the memories with would drive me mad. Sitting at home every night with no one to talk to and going days without seeing a single living soul except the post man would be more than I could bear.

This brings another question to my mind. Euthanasia, should we be allowed to make a provision, like a living will, that if we lose our minds or become too infirm to take care of ourselves then we would like to be put to sleep? I am all for it. Obviously not mass killing of ppl who are infirm/disabled as in utilitarian bioethics. But that you are able to make a choice about what happens to you when you get older or if you have an accident which leaves you disabled.

Bovril Monkey, I'm sorry about your Grandad. My Grandma went the same way it was tragic to watch, and frightening as I was only a young girl. The only thing we can console ourselves with is that they had absolutely no idea of what was happening to them.

Master sodium I realise you were probably having a laugh. But i know of someone who died of an LSD overdose and he was screaming non stop for about six hrs before he died. There are much better ways to go.

Flynt, I am with you on that.

Onelove Thistlefirepixie


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Pele
Pele

the henna lady
Location: WNY, USA
Member Since: 15th Dec 2000
Total posts: 6193
Posted:BM and Thistle, my grandfather also had alzhaimers mixed with parkinsons, tragic and horrifying. I agree that at that point, put me out.

Thistle, I think euthanasia is a perfectly acceptible means of controlling ones own life. If I get a disease where I need to be hopped up on morphine everyday, or can't remember who I am and how do get out of bed, then absolutely sign me up.
As for physical disabilities, I think I could accept any. Technology is doing wonders, even for quardoplegics, and so while it would be immensely difficult to go on, I would.

As for the age thing, at what point do you become afraid to friends? It sounds like this woman has.
I am not sure I would. Loneliness is a terrible thing, especially in a room full of people.

Paddy...Nintendo? Growing up (here is dating myself!) I had an Atari 2600!

Sickpuppy, for most people I have talked to, Life after 30 actually gets better. I'll let you know in a couple years when I get there!


Pele
Higher, higher burning fire...making music like a choir
"Oooh look! A pub!" -exclaimed after recovering from a stupid fall
"And for the decadence of art, nothing beats a roaring fire." -TMK

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Raphael96
old hand
Location: New York City
Member Since: 8th Sep 2002
Total posts: 899
Posted:With Alzheimers, Parkinsons and senile dementia running rampant in the older generation of my family there is a fair chance that should I live long enough I'll wind up drooling in my tapioca pudding....and I hate tapioca pudding.

All the more reason to enjoy the time I have now!



Raphael


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FireMikeZ
FireMikeZ

Laguna dude
Location: Laguna, California, US
Member Since: 24th Jul 2002
Total posts: 1438
Posted:on mom's side, grandpa got to 89/90, grandma's 97, on the other side bleh. . .

my answer to Thistle's q?

anything over 200, spread over a few more centuries or millennia if i may.


molten cheers,

~ FireMike

FireMikeZ@yahoo.com (personal messages welcome, no promo spam, please!)
Laguna, California, US

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bounty
member
Location: ny
Member Since: 12th Aug 2002
Total posts: 33
Posted:i would never ask that question b/c if i say 100 when its 11:59:59 pm im done and i woudl know that im going to drop in the next second and i do not want to know that.

follow what you feel...you alone will decide what's real...anyone can be your brand new love

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xtremravr...was here..
member
Location: amsterdam..i wish
Member Since: 2nd Feb 2002
Total posts: 337
Posted:i dont wanna grow up im a toys r' us kid..la la lala la la la lalala!!

Peace Luv Uni-t Respect Responsa-what?!?! Xtrem

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Kinudin (Soul Fyre)
veteran
Location: San Diego, California, USA
Member Since: 21st Dec 2001
Total posts: 1325
Posted:I agree with Xtrem. Toys-R-Us has such great toys!

*remembers rolling down the aisle in a driverless shopping cart*


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SickpuPpy
SickpuPpy

Ninja Rockstar!
Location: Denver, Co. U.S.A.
Member Since: 27th Nov 2001
Total posts: 1100
Posted:quote: Sickpuppy, for most people I have talked to, Life after 30 actually gets better. I'll let you know in a couple years when I get there! I don't believe it for a second.

Jesus helps me trick people.

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Ade
Are we there yet?
Location: australia
Member Since: 14th Mar 2001
Total posts: 1897
Posted:Believe it sickpuppy, believe it

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Thistle
Thistle

old hand
Location: Nottingham UK
Member Since: 27th Jan 2001
Total posts: 950
Posted:Yes Sickpuppy, believe it. Life does improve when you hit 30+, I got a huge confidence boost, felt like I was much more happy to be me, more accepting of others, more patient, more willing to try new things I had wanted to try for years and suddenly I have direction in my life.

Onelove Thistlefirepixie


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