Is life worth living after age 80?



September 24, 2019 - 9:54 AM

Dear Carolyn: Recently a middle-aged person told me that they wouldn’t want to live past the age of 80. I’m in my mid-70s, and still working full time at a job I love in a field I’d be happy to pursue at least part time as long as I’m able — think past 100, if I’m lucky!

My feelings are really hurt by this person’s expressed view, and I feel it is ageism. I was too stunned to reply at the time, but now wonder what I should have said? Nothing snarky.  — Hurt

Dear Hurt: I’m curious about your reasons for taking it so personally. To me it just sounds like ignorance. With some tone-deafness thrown in, given the audience.

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