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1. Posted by dpd (Full Member 138 posts) 11y

This morning I visited my granny who is 97. She's fantastic, living on her own and in her own words "i'm nearly a hundred you know". Funny thing happened while there, I decided to take a picture of her with my mobile phone, on showing it to her she exclaimed, "god I look old, don't I". I proceeded to tell her not bad for a 97 year old. In our conversation we talked about how long men and women live and she said that men only live on average til seventy and the reason must be stress.

Strange thing, but about five pm I received a phonecall from one of my old school friends. He told me that a certain person we went to school with had died of a heart attack after being at the gym and the body was being removed to the church this evening.

It struck me, how one person could live so long and another person, who, on the face of it lived a healthy life, looked after a family and kids could die. The difference in age being 54 years. The really strange thing, tonight at the church, looking at all those people whom I had gone to primary and secondary school with . For some reason it was like looking at my dad in his forties. Although I know we have aged I don't think of myself in those terms, I could not get used to looking at the changed in people.
That's life I guess

2. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

When you look at pictures of your self when you were a teenager or child, AND don't recognize yourself ... that's when you know that you've aged

3. Posted by smythy (Full Member 237 posts) 11y

Yea, wot is the answer/secret to it?

My grans brother is 96 and still drives a tractor, gathers eggs for his grandson everyday for about 2-3hrs, amazing really!

Yet so many young guys round here, playing rugby, footy, going to the gym etc are dropping off with 'sudden heart syndrome'?

Is is anything to do with doing loadsa manual labour in days when there were no machines, like now?

(i heard a funny one the other night - 'some of them are still tripping about that ya nearly have to shoot them to get rid o them') funny but crude thought eh?

4. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Yep ! Never can tell when yore numbers gonna be up

5. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

I am of the belief that went your number is up, your number is up...regardless of what age you are. It could be a 4 yr old, a 40 yr old or a 90 yr old.

We all have a purpose in this life and I believe we should always strive to find out what that is to feel that our "stay" in our lifetime was meaningful and purposeful. Meanwhile, while I continue to search for my own purpose, I do try to live my life to the fullest and do all I can to always say...great life, no regrets...I can only wish to live long enough to see enough generations pass me by and learn one bit from each one...:) , like you guys grannies...

6. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Quoting areinstein

I am of the belief that went your number is up, your number is up...regardless of what age you are. It could be a 4 yr old, a 40 yr old or a 90 yr old.

We all have a purpose in this life and I believe we should always strive to find out what that is to feel that our "stay" in our lifetime was meaningful and purposeful. Meanwhile, while I continue to search for my own purpose, I do try to live my life to the fullest and do all I can to always say...great life, no regrets...I can only wish to live long enough to see enough generations pass me by and learn one bit from each one...:) , like you guys grannies...

On that note, shall we move onto a new thread?

7. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

What should we call it? "WHEN YOUR NUMBER IS UP...?"

8. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Quoting areinstein

I am of the belief that went your number is up, your number is up...regardless of what age you are. It could be a 4 yr old, a 40 yr old or a 90 yr old.

I totally agree with Anne on this one. I have lost friends who literally died because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time...and accidents that ...one second sooner, or one second later, they would still be here....you really NEVER know....

9. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 11y

Working at a retirement home, I think about this a lot. I work in a unit with mostly very sick people, and the sickest people aren't usually the oldest. We have one man who is 100 and he can still mostly take care of himself, but one woman who is only 60 or so, has to be dressed, put in her wheelchair, bathed, taken to the toilet etc.

10. Posted by dpd (Full Member 138 posts) 11y

Those of you who work caring for the elderly deserve a lot of praise. I used to move the elderly around , transport wise. There is so much demanded of you for very little reward and so much unseen work. I could never do what you do but working with the eledrly can be very rewarding. We come into this world as children, totally dependant and in most cases leave just the same.