Reality of Longer Lives
I believe in humanitarian efforts so much that I have been a caregiver all my life for others. Now that my elderly mother lives with me, though, I've come to wonder why our medical community has done so much to extend lives beyond their usefulness.
The only point I can see is that it pertains to scientific issues, challenges and success rates.
Somewhere in that progressive effort, the human element has been ignored.
There is an entire generation, now, of senior caregivers helping take care of their elderly parents.
Call me insensitive if you want, but the reality is that elderly people are not all living a life of fulfillment in their last years, and their senior children's health and mental/emotional well being is being slashed in the effort to do what we think is right.
My mother is 93 and lives with me. I am 66. How much of ME will be left by the time her life is over? Will I even have the level of health and mental status to do things that I always wanted to enjoy in my "senior" days? I wonder about this every day.