Valdez: If getting old is a curse, what's the point of living longer?

Valdez: If getting old is a curse, what's the point of living longer?

Linda Valdez

Our country devalues the gifts of old age. So why get old?

This question is not academic.

I received my Medicare card in the mail the same day I came down with the flu.

These were timely and unwelcome reminders of mortality, the fragility of life and the great abyss of aging that lies ahead.

Not a pretty picture.

What's the point of living longer?

I also got an email from Gerontological Society of America seeking scientific papers on the theme "The Purposes of Longer Lives."

An accompanying video from GSA’s president Dr. David Ekerdt said this theme for their November 2018 convention echoes questions raised by Dr. Robert N. Butler’s book, “Why Survive? Being Old in America.”

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