Friday, March 25, 2011

Aging Gracefully?

Even now the vast majority of people in the developed world (and increasingly in the developing world) die from degenerative diseases, such as cancer and heart disease. These diseases are caused by age, and dying from them is slow and is becoming slower, so that the processes of death and aging are merging into one. Death is currently preceded by an average of 10 years of chronic ill health, and this figure is rising. But aging starts much earlier. Many of our physical and mental capacities peak at around 20 years of age and then undergo a long, slow decline. Few people survive until death without significant physical and/or mental disabilities, extending over decades. Death is no longer an event, it has become a long, drawn-out process.

Guy Brown- The Living End
The Future of Death, Aging, and Immortality

Also, I've just finished an incredible sci/fi series by Stephen Baxter I'd like to talk about in the near future. However, I'll relent until I've tied up a couple of loose ends first.

5 comments:

Shadow said...

Jim,

Thanks for the comment there on my blog.

And this quote was awesome. Indeed, dying is not an isolated fact, we are pretty much dying from day one - and around mid 20´s we start indeed going under, slowly.

This was very good piece that summed up that concept.

cuntagious said...

Also, the practice of keeping people alive, beyond their expiration date, through medications and invasive procedurues has a lot to do with why health care insurance has gotten so goddamned expensive and why social security is facing future shortfalls. Death remains a taboo, to be put of as long as possible.

Anonymous said...

Somewhere, a few years ago on the Net, I found an article called Turning 25. It's about how our physical and mental fuctions start to decline much earlier than many of us think.

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