AGEING: Long life is a gift, live it to the fullest


THE letter, "Is it even worth living till 90?" (NST, Feb 26) has painted a very gloomy picture of living to a ripe old age. The aged, according to the writer, would be besieged by physical, mental, emotional and financial problems coupled with spiralling high cost of living because of no flow in income.

Without sufficient maintenance funds, the writer has termed the gift of extended life to be a curse instead of a blessing, even if the person is healthy.

What should then be done to people who are not affluent and who live to a ripe old age? These people are mostly disowned by their children who regard them as a burden. Should the government allow euthanasia for these old people who are in old folks homes? What would be a suitable cut-off age to allow this?

Life and death is in the hands of God. We breathe and we live by God's grace. We wake each morning not through our own strength or ability but through the love and grace of the Almighty.

It is God who blows into our nostrils the breath of life every morning that wakes us from our sleep and gives us life for us to do and accomplish great and small things.

Old age should not be treated as an accident or simply the inevitable. Long life is a gift from God because life and death are in the hands of God.

People should keep on doing whatever that keeps them on the move and be happy. Even old people in the old folks homes comfort and cherish one another despite being disowned and abandoned by their families. Some are sick and in pain, yet they have the will to live.

Ageing is after all about numbers. It is the numbers that makes one old. Age is a question of mind over matter, if you do not mind, it does not matter.






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