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Aging – We’re not a society that embraces aging or being proactive in our self-care. Yet actions we can take to remain healthy and as active as possible are beneficial. Prevention and good habits are more important than we realize to ensure that as we age we remain healthy and able to care for ourselves as long as possible. Be proactive and take an interest in your health so that you can age healthy.
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My mother wanted to donate her body to science after her death; she talked about this for years but did nothing to ensure her wish would actually become reality. The thought made me a bit queasy. I didn’t want my mother’s body used for experimental research even though I believe that the spirit goes elsewhere, leaving the body here on earth.
Martin is dedicated to help his father improve mentally and physically. Henry was an active 93 year old until he had a stroke in August. After hospitalization and a nursing home stay for rehabilitation, Henry returned home at the beginning of December. In spite of having physical and occupational therapy at home, Henry’s health continued to decline. Most of his days were spent lying in bed alone with only occasional human contact from his son trying to sleep for a few hours before returning to work.
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In 2017, for the first time in recorded history, the number of individuals on this planet who are 65 years or older is predicted to surpass the number of individuals less than 5 years old.” 1 Like it or not, if you are reading this article you are part of an aging generation. Aging and the associated wrinkles, gray hair and physical decline is viewed by society as negative. None of us want or hope to be “that old person”, yet many of us will be that person, one day.
My friends and colleagues report a preference for dying “quickly” rather than “lingering” for years with a chronic disease that steals quality of life. My parents expressed the same preference and achieved their desire to go quickly rather than to be sustained by machines or to live a long and painful death. My father went into the hospital for routine surgery and failed to wake up the next morning. My mother, succumbed to sepsis and was gone within a matter of hours. My sister’s death was sudden, the result of a car accident.
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