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Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Packing it in at 75

By Marc Leavitt of Marc Leavitt's Blog

Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel wants to pack it in when he turns 75, according to an article he wrote last year in The Atlantic.

It’s a free country; who am I to say he shouldn’t do it? As Scrooge said in A Christmas Carol, it will decrease the surplus population.

It’s noble of him to be willing to get out of the way. Maybe he should receive a Nobel Prize for selflessness.

He explains that he’s only talking about himself and won’t commit suicide; just refuse life-extending medical procedures.

Isn’t it considerate of him? He’s only telling us what he would do. If we insist on trying to stick around, well, that’s our decision.

I have four months to go before I turn 75. I just don’t know what to do!

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Posted by Ronni Bennett at 05:30 AM | Permalink | Email this post


Well, I just turned 76 and have no inclinations at all to pack it in. In fact I feel freer than ever to do whatever I want and will continue to do whatever it takes to keep my old body going. Perhaps at 90 I would feel differently but now...no way. I'm hoping for 20 more years of adventure and discovery. I respect his choice however. Maybe he is just tired and feels he has done it all. I don't feel that way...yet, anyway.

Someone very close to me once "recommended" that I die at 70 because she recalled how her life had just gotten progressively worse after that age. Isn't it odd how so many people assume everyone's experience will be the same as theirs?

There is a big issue and there has been much thoughtful discussion about the merit of putting old people through horrendously painful and incredibly expensive procedures which are unlikely to do any good.

Fortunately, many doctors more thoughtful than Ezekiel Emanuel have addressed this matter.

I think I will forego doctors unless they too have reached at least my age. I would really like them to be much older so I know their advice is good.

I passed 75 some time ago. After my latest physical, the Doc said I was "the healthiest guy in the building." I assume he was including himself. He appeared to be about 50.

Seventy-five is just a number.

I am about to turn 75 this year and as long as I get out of bed each morning and look outside and notice that I am still on the right side of the grass, I intend to keep on going. What is all the fuss about? Most of us that are about to reach 75 or have already passed that number as has been mentioned above realize that "it is just a number." We are as old as we feel - some days I feel like I am still in my fifties, some evenings I feel as though I have reached eighty but fact-of-the-matter is that most days I feel great and ready to get on with my life. My wife is planning on living til she is 113 so I guess I had better stay in shape to be around to see it. Until next time!

Just passed 80, am publishing my 14th thick book of poetry, teaching one yoga class a week, giving two jazz concerts in the next two months and giving a yoga lecture and demonstration on April 24.
Oh yes, my and my husband's love life is just wonderful!
Love to you all.

I'd love to be 75 again.It seems young to me now that I'm 82. My health began to kick up some real difficult issues during the last 2 1/2 years, but up until then I was driving, going everywhere I wanted to and had still a reasonable ability to get around, by foot and by car.
Not complaining--life is still good and full of fun, friends, music, writing & photography. So enjoy your 70's, you spring chickens, you.

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