Would such a life be worth living?

David was upset that I had posted an unflattering photo of him the other day, so I am posting a couple of pictures that make him look better.

Here he is vacuuming the house:

David vacuums 002-A

And here he is washing the dinner dishes (his headphones are for the TV):

David dishes 003-A

How nice of him to help me with the chores!  I sometimes wonder what the future holds for me and my husband.  Both of us are retired.  We have two daughters and two grandchildren.  Will we be around when our grandkids get married?  Wow, that would be phenomenal!

A recent study in Hawaii, based on records of more than 8,000 men of Japanese ancestry going back to 1965, revealed that short Japanese men (5’2” or less) outlived tall Japanese men (5’4” or more).  Among other attributes, their smaller stature was paired with reduced blood insulin levels and less cancer.  Can we assume that all people who are short will outlive all people who are tall, regardless of ethnicity or gender?  Will I (5’1” tall) outlive David (6’1” tall)?

Well, we all know there are exceptions to the rule.  For example, Aunty J died of lung cancer at age 59, though she never smoked.  She was less than 5’2” tall.

No matter how long I live, I hope I don’t develop dementia.  With dementia, one cannot cook, read, write, drive, or do anything that requires intellectual power.  Would such a life be worth living?  Which illness do you dread the most?

9 Responses to “Would such a life be worth living?”

  1. Olga Says:

    Yes, pictures of men doing housework are always sexy!
    I heard about that study on the news last night. I wouldn’t predict anything from it…Although, the evil thought occurs to me that a large life insurance policy on a tall man taken out by a short woman…

  2. DJan Says:

    It’s probably because of your mother’s experience that you dread dementia, Gigi. Nobody in our family has ever lived long enough to find out if we would get it! I dread cancer the most.

  3. Beatrice Says:

    To get cancer is the worst you can get thru. I have escorted my husband thru this many years long fight and my BiL only recently. And I know many others fighting it. Your mind notices the decay of your body. When you have dementia you know nothing of nothing…….no malady is funny though! I am glad I am already a great granny although I am only 56. This is great! 😀

  4. DeniseinVA Says:

    A thought provoking post Gigi. It is wonderful that David helps with the chores. Gregg does also, especially since he has retired and we often enjoy even the simplest tasks together, like preparing a meal is always fun. As for illness we seem to be surrounded with family and friends who have had serious illnesses. We know of three who are in various stages of Alzheimers, from the early onset to near the end. It’s a cruel disease for the family and I would never want mine to have to go through that. Cancer has also reared its ugly head. I guess these two diseases are my worst fear and reasons we count our blessings every day, and try to enjoy each day to the fullest.

  5. SchmidleysScribbling Says:

    I suppose I am a bit of a fatalist,because I think what will be, will be. Que Sera. I would hate to die from ALS, like my grandmother,however.

  6. granny annie Says:

    The big “C” is my most dreaded disease. I have to wonder about a comment a nurse made to me when Ron was battling this awful illness. She said, “They can cure cancer but it would be financially devastating to doctors and drug companies so the cures are being withheld.” Now how is that for a scary thought?

    I know which picture David did not like and I agree with him. He usually takes a very good picture but sometimes we get caught in a crazy light or in a bad pose with our mouth open and double chins showing and nobody likes that:(

  7. dkzody Says:

    Terry has the same chores here.

    As for illness, I hate to be sick with anything so I cannot imagine being incapacitated in any manner.

  8. Beatrice P. Boyd Says:

    As others have said, Gigi, this was a wake up post for many of us in the same age bracket. We notice that we can’t do as much as we did 10 years ago when we bought this older home, which is why we want to downsize and relocate. But we are still able to get a lot done and my biggest fear would be blindness as well as some of the other already mentioned afflictions.

  9. Linda Starr Says:

    I agree with you about the dementia, I took care of my father in law for seven years, he had dementia from a series of small strokes so it ddn’t get any worse like alzheimers, I think that is the worst but the caregiver suffers more than the one which has the disease as I think those having it don’t know they do.

    Gary and I often have discussions about when we die and how to plan for that, if one of us dies will the other one be able to afford to live in our house and pay for the bills, etc. so much to think about when you get older, what ever happened to the golden years.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: