Today, actor Robert Guillaume passed away. He was 89 and battled prostate cancer. My father is 88, and he too had prostate cancer but for seven years has been able to keep it in remission.
With people we looked up to, actors who made our evenings less boring while watching them on TV, and family in general, it puts things into perspective on aging and the next generation. I’m moving towards that next generation, unfortunately.
I think as we age, we think about dying, but we don’t want to talk about it. We don’t even want to talk about death, and we should.
I hear that most people are living longer than ever before, and while this may very well be true, what exactly will this mean for the average person.
Believe it or not, the oldest human being was 122 years old. There may be people who lived longer than that, but there are no records to confirm this. That is when the world was different. Not crowded, not polluted as much, and people ate real food. However, in the town you live in, the food you eat, the air you breathe, and, with the least amount of things you do that affects your health, not one thing can be confirmed that it won’t kill you. If you have money, live better than most, you may live longer, but no guarantee either, but again, it all depends on several factors, and not one person can tell you when you’re going to die. Life “expectancy” around the globe is only 66 1/4 years. Dang, I hadn’t thought of around-the-globe! The U.S. is a margin off from the U.K., but it seems like 80-85 is all they’re expecting most people to live. Then it got me to thinking, what if too many people live longer? That’s for another post!
I’m on a new Dash Diet (it’s not really a diet, just better for Cholesterol and your Heart), walking more, drinking less, no smoking, and although I just got my Will in order, I’m still not talking about funeral arrangements. It’s just too morbid, and yet it’s part of the life-cycle that needs to be discussed with your family, etc.
Here’s a chart about the life expectancy of the countries around the globe. https://www.disabled-world.com/calculators-charts/life-expectancy-statistics.php