Ageing

Jul. 16th, 2010 11:12 pm
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30 June 2010


Reflecting on the problems of an ageing population, I sometimes wonder if one of the reasons we live longer is that we are unable to make sufficient sense of our lives to have a sense of  having 'completed the cycle' and to be ‘ready to move on’. The natural cycle of children between age twenty and thirty, a need for physical strength tapering off in the fifties when the next generation comes to full strength, grandparenthood starting somewhere between the late forties and age sixty, with the older women playing a secondary caring role for the grandchildren, the older men being the wise persons in their communities. Once one has completed this ‘traditional' cycle, one is simply ready to ‘move on’. I suspect that a lot of today’s 65-75 generation are ‘out of cycle’ and sub-consciously hang on into Alzheimer's.

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