When is it better to die than to continue living?

In the controversial article “Why I Hope to Die at 75” Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel shares his own personal reasons why he would prefer not to live past the age of 75. He portrays life beyond age 75 as a relentless journey into disability, enfeeblement, and desperation in which the quality of life becomes so impaired that dying becomes a better option to living. Dr. Emanuel invites us to consider one of the core questions of aging; “When is it better to die than to continue living?”

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Frailty: On the Fragility of Life

Frailty: On the Fragility of Life

Frailty is a primal force of nature imbued with the potential to alter the circumstances of life. In one sense, frailty is a normal biological consequence of aging but it can affect young and old alike. Frailty is an agile force that moves deftly across the realms of body, mind, spirit, culture, and the natural […]

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Longevity: Living a Long Life

Longevity: The Outer Limits of Life

The quest for a long life is an innate human desire that originates in our will to survive and to deny death. Longevity is a remarkably agile story about the duration of human life. In one sense, longevity is an invitation to learn about the longest-lived people in the world in an effort to determine […]

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The Primary Challenges of Aging

Artistic representation of human age

What are the primary challenges of aging during the second half of life? The journey into old age requires each one of us to adapt to a range of age-related difficulties. Each human life is a variation on the theme of aging; the age-related challenges that emerge over time are unique to each individual. How […]

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Anti-Aging: A Contradiction of Terms?

The Fountain of Youth

In a broad sense, anti-aging is any intervention designed to preserve optimal health, avoid premature death, and to promote maximum lifespan. It is a term that deeply resonates with our desire to extend our life and avoid the changes associated with normal aging. To counter aging is to extend youth or at least the illusion […]

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