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Why do old people spend so much money trying to keep themselves alive?

 
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As I get older, I'm starting to realize there's not much point to extending my life way beyond my healthy years. I never go to the doctor for anything and even if I had cancer, I would probably just try to deal with it on my own with natural remedies instead of spending my life savings and my children's inheritance on medical bills.

It seems like people today are so disconnected with death and dying. Instead of accepting it and not letting the fear overwhelm them, they do everything they can to delay it at the expense of their own dignity. Are people so afraid of death? Religion contributes to this fear with the christian and catholic idea of hell and purgatory. We need to realize there is nothing to be afraid of.

When it is my time to go, I won't fight it, especially if it means spending thousands of dollars and being drugged 24/7. When I know I'm about to die, I want to go up to the mountains and sit in meditation. Maybe do some mushrooms or DMT to experience ego death a few more times to prepare my soul for departure. The last thing I want is to be a burden on anyone.
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A lot of old people screwed the youth over and know it. They are delaying their inevitable passing into hell, which is where the majority of them end up.
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How do you know that?
*********** WaterLily ***********
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Re: Why do old people spend so much money trying to keep themselves alive?
Do you have anyone who cares about you?

I want to live and stay healthy for my family, my kids, grandchildren, those who love me and need me.

You're entitled, but I think you act selfish, IMO.
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That's a weird view to me, Natasha. To me it seems pointless and wasteful to cling on to life just for the sake of it - even when you're never going to be healthy or strong again, no matter how much it costs. THAT is my idea of 'selfish'.

With the OP 100% on this one.
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I agree with both you and the original poster. Actually I was thinking something very similar the other day.

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I feel the same way, but sometimes when you get old, your children start making those decisions for you. They'll take you to see the doctor and you'll start noticing that the doctor only talks to them, not to you. You soon become an object with no right to decline medical procedures or ask for second opinion. Not sure how to get around that.
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I saw that happening with my mother, but she often deferred to us when at the doctors, though I wished she had felt more assured to ask on her own.

I would suggest that a polite "Excuse me," followed by your comments or questions might be in order, also take notes, because there were times neither of us quite got what the Dr. said.

If you think a second opinion is in order, I say ask for one, by all means.

A second opinion saved my mother's life a couple of times, when the medication she was given was literally killing her little by little. A second opinion got rid of the poison, and she lived several happy productive years after that.
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Yes, the OP is selfish. If you have nothing to offer the world when you're in your final years, you need to re-evaluate your life. Whether it be being there for family, or watching your grandkids grow up, the later years can be far more enjoyable than your younger years. When you think about it, you spend your entire life working... for what? Old people, assuming they led good lives, can finally see their work paying off.
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I wonder if you'll still feel that way when you've spend your last vacation day changing diapers and sitting with someone who can't even remember who you are. There is a side of illness and aging that contains no romance and 'being there' for your grand kids, etc.
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Unfortunately that is the experience for some, but not for all older people.

I feel for you, I watched my mother deteriorate. So helpless.

If you are doing it all alone, that is really so terribly tough. Is there nobody to help you out?
*********** WaterLily ***********
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Disturb the universe?"
-- T. S. Elliot, Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

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-- Jorge Luis Borges
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
"Pompey made his preparations for the war at the end of the winter, entered upon it at the commencement of spring,
and finished it in the middle of the summer."
-- Cicero, De Imperio Cn. Pompei
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Re: Why do old people spend so much money trying to keep themselves alive?
Well said! I am in my late 50's, but after watching several older comrades go, in quite sad and heinous ways, I am researching relatively easy, stress free ways to say buh-bye when the time feels right. Philosopher Alan Watts had some great stuff to say about the Western fear and disconnection to death. the movie "Harold and Maude" is definitely inspiring on this subject (plus it's funny as sh*t :) ) Awesome post, Ty!hf
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Re: Why do old people spend so much money trying to keep themselves alive?
My grandmother regretted it on her deathbed. She spent $350k of her own money (in addition to what private insurance and Medicare paid) to spend 3 years in misery being "treated" for a cancer she was diagnosed with at 84 years old. Her doctors talked her (and more importantly, my grandfather) into it.
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Re: Why do old people spend so much money trying to keep themselves alive?
Did I detect a hint of arrogance there?

I mean, how can 1 person stand back and cast such a wide net over millions of people he's never set eyes upon?

Perhaps they have questioned, as I suspect most people have, in quiet times alone, or in times of desperation. Not everyone is rewarded with immediate answers to deep questions or even had the mechanisms to recognize the answers if they come; its not like a candy machine, you know.

If you had ever deeply questioned the purpose of life and gained wisdom from the introspection, I suspect there would be a note of compassion in your words.

Feeling superior is an attachment to sensual existence too.

Kindness is the way out.
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Re: Why do old people spend so much money trying to keep themselves alive?
because they are selfish ignorant and fearful

old age is caused by loss of sexual energy. Deep inside people know that they have caused their own misery, because if you conserve and cultivate your sexual energy like a pretty flower, you don't age. This has been documented by gnostic and ancient medical texts around the world.

Fear will take about 60% of a person's wealth before they die. IF you are looking to inherit money for your parents, subtract 60% and then some, cause that is what they're going to waste on "treatments" for what is simply a process of old age that they cause to themselves.
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As I get older, I'm starting to realize there's not much point to extending my life way beyond my healthy years. I never go to the doctor for anything and even if I had cancer, I would probably just try to deal with it on my own with natural remedies instead of spending my life savings and my children's inheritance on medical bills.

It seems like people today are so disconnected with death and dying. Instead of accepting it and not letting the fear overwhelm them, they do everything they can to delay it at the expense of their own dignity. Are people so afraid of death? Religion contributes to this fear with the christian and catholic idea of hell and purgatory. We need to realize there is nothing to be afraid of.

When it is my time to go, I won't fight it, especially if it means spending thousands of dollars and being drugged 24/7. When I know I'm about to die, I want to go up to the mountains and sit in meditation. Maybe do some mushrooms or DMT to experience ego death a few more times to prepare my soul for departure. The last thing I want is to be a burden on anyone.
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A lot of old people screwed the youth over and know it. They are delaying their inevitable passing into hell, which is where the majority of them end up.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 34132335


Do you seriously believe what you spew, as I believe that parents desiring to give their children a better life than what they experienced inadvertently created a bunch of lazy self-indulgent dependent spoiled children who failed to learn about a work ethic.

Younger generations grew up happily and blindly watching television, playing computer games, lost on your iphones talking stupid with your friends or whatever, never realizing or understanding your parents were out mowing lawns, slinging or delivering pizzas or stocking shelves as teenagers.

It seems to me your hate fest involves older responsible people who retain jobs your self-entitled backside feel should be yours
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Superstition instills a massive fear of death/hell.
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Re: Why do old people spend so much money trying to keep themselves alive?
The dead are penniless, title less , degree less

what you had on this earth in life

You will not have in death. It is all gone
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That is so not true

While you may not have Earthly good such as money and material possessions

What you have learned in this life will carry over to the next
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Re: Why do old people spend so much money trying to keep themselves alive?
As I get older, I'm starting to realize there's not much point to extending my life way beyond my healthy years. I never go to the doctor for anything and even if I had cancer, I would probably just try to deal with it on my own with natural remedies instead of spending my life savings and my children's inheritance on medical bills.

It seems like people today are so disconnected with death and dying. Instead of accepting it and not letting the fear overwhelm them, they do everything they can to delay it at the expense of their own dignity. Are people so afraid of death? Religion contributes to this fear with the christian and catholic idea of hell and purgatory. We need to realize there is nothing to be afraid of.

When it is my time to go, I won't fight it, especially if it means spending thousands of dollars and being drugged 24/7. When I know I'm about to die, I want to go up to the mountains and sit in meditation. Maybe do some mushrooms or DMT to experience ego death a few more times to prepare my soul for departure. The last thing I want is to be a burden on anyone.
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If I had money I would spend it putting me down.

verysad
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My grandmother regretted it on her deathbed. She spent $350k of her own money (in addition to what private insurance and Medicare paid) to spend 3 years in misery being "treated" for a cancer she was diagnosed with at 84 years old. Her doctors talked her (and more importantly, my grandfather) into it.
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I think there is more than a little bit of this goes on. From what I have seen, it is often the family that won't let go, not the elderly, sick person.

Making the assumption that it is the old person clinging to life is so, so wrong in many cases.
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Disturb the universe?"
-- T. S. Elliot, Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

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-- Jorge Luis Borges
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"Pompey made his preparations for the war at the end of the winter, entered upon it at the commencement of spring,
and finished it in the middle of the summer."
-- Cicero, De Imperio Cn. Pompei
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Did I detect a hint of arrogance there?

I mean, how can 1 person stand back and cast such a wide net over millions of people he's never set eyes upon?

Perhaps they have questioned, as I suspect most people have, in quiet times alone, or in times of desperation. Not everyone is rewarded with immediate answers to deep questions or even had the mechanisms to recognize the answers if they come; its not like a candy machine, you know.

If you had ever deeply questioned the purpose of life and gained wisdom from the introspection, I suspect there would be a note of compassion in your words.

Feeling superior is an attachment to sensual existence too.

Kindness is the way out.
 Quoting: waterlily


The United States Congress Can.
 Quoting: deanoZXT


Well, we know what Congress is, don't we?

Not what anyone would aspire to.
*********** WaterLily ***********
" Do I dare
Disturb the universe?"
-- T. S. Elliot, Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

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“We are as ignorant of the meaning of the dragon as we are of the meaning of the universe.”
-- Jorge Luis Borges
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
"Pompey made his preparations for the war at the end of the winter, entered upon it at the commencement of spring,
and finished it in the middle of the summer."
-- Cicero, De Imperio Cn. Pompei
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We all are hanging on to witness doom.
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Because you are young and stupid...have no concept of word DEATH.
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grizzy Nor of Hell either. He probably thinks that the universe "just happened." I just pray that he won't finish up like stupid ole' Charlie Boy here.

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Come back and ask us that when you're old.
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Re: Why do old people spend so much money trying to keep themselves alive?
As I get older, I'm starting to realize there's not much point to extending my life way beyond my healthy years. I never go to the doctor for anything and even if I had cancer, I would probably just try to deal with it on my own with natural remedies instead of spending my life savings and my children's inheritance on medical bills.

It seems like people today are so disconnected with death and dying. Instead of accepting it and not letting the fear overwhelm them, they do everything they can to delay it at the expense of their own dignity. Are people so afraid of death? Religion contributes to this fear with the christian and catholic idea of hell and purgatory. We need to realize there is nothing to be afraid of.

When it is my time to go, I won't fight it, especially if it means spending thousands of dollars and being drugged 24/7. When I know I'm about to die, I want to go up to the mountains and sit in meditation. Maybe do some mushrooms or DMT to experience ego death a few more times to prepare my soul for departure. The last thing I want is to be a burden on anyone.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 48302375


I agree with you.

I see this every single week - people being kept alive in pure misery. They hang on, the system keeps them alive, and their quality of life is just zero.

Yes no fear OP :)

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"Why do old people spend so much money
trying to keep themselves alive?"


So they don't have to leave it to their
worthless ungrateful children.
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I know, it's gross. I'm 48 and I feel like I'm practically too old to be worth saving. Certainly by 65 that would be the case.

I can't imagine living beyond 70 unless I'm healthy and happy. I will happily consume a cocktail of xanax and vodka and go on my merry way at the first sign of trouble.

Yep.
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Do you have anyone who cares about you?

I want to live and stay healthy for my family, my kids, grandchildren, those who love me and need me.

You're entitled, but I think you act selfish, IMO.
 Quoting: natasha77


That's a weird view to me, Natasha. To me it seems pointless and wasteful to cling on to life just for the sake of it - even when you're never going to be healthy or strong again, no matter how much it costs. THAT is my idea of 'selfish'.

With the OP 100% on this one.
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Not everyone is sick and a burden. Times has changed, 70 and 80 year olds are very active and happy. I remember my Grandmother was all bent over and old in her 70's. My sister is 74 and driving her corvette doesn't look over 55
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"Why do old people spend so much money
trying to keep themselves alive?"


So they don't have to leave it to their
worthless ungrateful children.

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^^^THIS^^^
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The only thing I know for sure is that God determines when and where we will be born and when and where we will die. We really have no choice about it.
If people spend their own money to keep themselves as healthy as they can, then it's their money to spend as they wish.
"spending my children's inheritance on medical bills".... says a lot....your parents must be spending money that you want for yourself. They have worked, skimped and saved all their lives and they are entitled to spend their money any way they please. You are entitled to none of it.
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"Why do old people spend so much money
trying to keep themselves alive?"


So they don't have to leave it to their
worthless ungrateful children.

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The only thing I know for sure is that God determines when and where we will be born and when and where we will die. We really have no choice about it.
If people spend their own money to keep themselves as healthy as they can, then it's their money to spend as they wish.
"spending my children's inheritance on medical bills".... says a lot....your parents must be spending money that you want for yourself. They have worked, skimped and saved all their lives and they are entitled to spend their money any way they please. You are entitled to none of it.
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.
... well put!! ...
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... that is maybe the sticking point for many ...
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... O is a perfect example of that kind of thinking ..
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Nope your all wrong, how about you evolve into Transcended beings instead of thinking like APES
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As I get older, I'm starting to realize there's not much point to extending my life way beyond my healthy years. I never go to the doctor for anything and even if I had cancer, I would probably just try to deal with it on my own with natural remedies instead of spending my life savings and my children's inheritance on medical bills.

It seems like people today are so disconnected with death and dying. Instead of accepting it and not letting the fear overwhelm them, they do everything they can to delay it at the expense of their own dignity. Are people so afraid of death? Religion contributes to this fear with the christian and catholic idea of hell and purgatory. We need to realize there is nothing to be afraid of.

When it is my time to go, I won't fight it, especially if it means spending thousands of dollars and being drugged 24/7. When I know I'm about to die, I want to go up to the mountains and sit in meditation. Maybe do some mushrooms or DMT to experience ego death a few more times to prepare my soul for departure. The last thing I want is to be a burden on anyone.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 48302375


I agree with you.

I see this every single week - people being kept alive in pure misery. They hang on, the system keeps them alive, and their quality of life is just zero.

Yes no fear OP :)

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You will have to look up Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) laws in your state after watching our poor brother suffer for almost a year because his ignorant wife thought her meal ticket could survive overwhelming medical issues kept him alive only to suffer.

We filled in our DNR paperwork and spoke to our doctors and we have taken responsibility for our last days upon ourselves thus releasing our loved ones of that burden.

Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) New York
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They're materialists attached to their bodies and sensate existence. Humanity is in love with the bone-crushing-blood-drinking drama of life as a digestive tract connected to teeth. They never asked deep questions as to the meaning and purpose of life, and so they measure a good life in longevity rather than in quality of experiences and profundity of thought. As if to age is to become wiser--they bodies get older, but the person is still an infant, really.

To fear death is most absurd.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 45654737


WELL SAID !

There are no 'people' that are born or die! You are conditioned to believe that you are the mind/body mechanism and an 'ego' develops around the age of 2 which almost everyone thinks is them.

DO SOME DEEP THINKING !!! It is all over the internet now by those that have realized the truth of infinite consciousness. The body is just a walking,talking corpse until the life force dissipates and the elements return.

You are 'THAT' already, the spark of awareness. Just for starters watch "The Holographic Universe" 5 parts.

And how people grab the nearest religion without actually investigating anything on their own is way too idiotic.
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As I get older, I'm starting to realize there's not much point to extending my life way beyond my healthy years. I never go to the doctor for anything and even if I had cancer, I would probably just try to deal with it on my own
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Thanks Obama, who needs insurance, right?

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