However, I now realize that apparently everyone expects people to inevitably become demented and or childlike just because of age. Also, older people are not respected, enjoyed, or appreciated anymore. They are considered burdens, annoyances, or botherrsome. If I were a person prone to depression, I would be depresed by this info. As it is, I just feel very very thankful for every day that I am still privileged to enjoy.
At 86, every day of freedom is very appreciated and treasured even though I also dread the day when I might become helpless and or dependent. Every morning, I thank God that I can walk pain free, think and speak coherently, see , hear, taste, and smell all the wonders and pleasures of life; most precious of all the blessing of freedom to choose each day what I want to eat, wear, do, say, go, or stay; and the respect and true love of those with whom I share enjoyable reciprocal relationships. Because of the tragic things I read on this site, I never take anything for granted. I am so very very thankful and appreciative. I also want to urge everybody to reject strong diuretics, statins, metformin, biophosonates, narcotics, celebrex, or any other destructive substances so they might have hope of a happy old age. I hope I will be in my right mind until just very shortly before I die and that nobody will ever suffer trying to be a caregiver for me. Life is full of mysteries that we cannot understand. However, I am glad for the things God has helped me to know and I hope I can share with others.