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How old do you want to live to?

Asked by Jude (32162points) May 15th, 2009

Not meaning to be morbid here. Do you want to live to be a centenarian? Are you worried about illness and the aches and pains that sometimes go along with being older? Are you worried about losing your independence and having to rely on people? Do you think that you’ll outlive your parents? Have you already?

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AstroChuck's avatar

Until I die. No more, no less.
I’d love a long life but not if I outlive my kids.

oratio's avatar

Hah, Centenarian! Cool word. Sometimes I see and hear old people complaining about illness and aches and I wonder. I am not worried about pain, but I don’t want to lose memory before I die. That feels so sad.

I know that the world is going to become alien to the world of today, so I want to live and see as much as I can before I die.

Blondesjon's avatar

Dirt or God.

jbfletcherfan's avatar

My maternal grandparents lived to be in their 90’s. I hope to follow them, as long as my health holds out & as long as my husband does, too. But since he’s 5 years older than I am, sadly, I may not get my wish.

cookieman's avatar

Until I am no longer able to care for/think for myself.

Whatever age that may be

AstroChuck's avatar

or my wife, for that matter.

Supacase's avatar

At the outside, I would say my mid-80s if I could live life like my grandparents. Younger if I’m unhealthy and miserable. I would like to see my grandchildren (if I ever have any.)

oratio's avatar

@jbfletcherfan But women live longer than men, statistically =)

JamesL's avatar

As long as I am still able to be a positive influence in the lives of others. I am aware that the deceased still have influence over others…

bythebay's avatar

Long enough to see my children grown & happy, but not long enough to become a burden to anyone.

Gobbles's avatar

I’ll be a happy turkey if I make it past Thanksgiving.

FrankHebusSmith's avatar

forever…. or die young

chyna's avatar

My grandmother will be 98 this summer. She is pretty much to herself and is not sick. She is in a nursing home for her safety. I don’t know if I would want to live that long. Maybe into my 80’s if I were healthy.

AstroChuck's avatar

I’m good as long as I die with a smile on my face, and it’s not mine.

NaturalMineralWater's avatar

I’d like to live to be 100. Accomplishing that, I’ll die in peace.. or .. in pieces… whatever the case may be.

filmfann's avatar

Mahatma Gandhi wanted to live to be 120, until shortly before his death, when he decided he had outlived his usefullness. 120 would be nice, but I will be happy if I outlive my ex-boss, whose grave I long to piss on.

ubersiren's avatar

No. No dying. I wish to be sustained at all costs. I am scared of it. I will not permit it to happen. At the very least, I’d like to be cryogenically frozen and brought back at a later date.

oratio's avatar

@ubersiren I thought you died already :p

jbfletcherfan's avatar

@oratio Yes, this is true. I know those facts. I’ve always said I want us to die together. In a plane, car, or some similar thing that we go together. I’ve been with him for going on 44 years. I can’t imagine my life without him.

casheroo's avatar

I want to live until my grandchildren are into their twenties. Possibly seeing great-grandchildren. So, probably til my 80s-90s. My grandmother is going to be 80 this July and has six great grandchildren, and gets to enjoy them. I want that.

Jude's avatar

Honestly, I’d be happy with mid 70’s.

SuperMouse's avatar

I would like to live to be old enough to be as unapologetically crabby as my grandmother – she is 92. 90’s works for me.

chyna's avatar

@SuperMouse And don’t you love how they say anything that comes to their mind, without any regard to who it might hurt?

DarkScribe's avatar

Every male in our family for six generations has lived well past one hundred. I wouldn’t like to be the one to spoil that record. My father is ninety, is living on and single-handedly sailing a sixty foot ketch around the pacific and is married to a woman younger than my wife. He was shot down by the Japanese in WW2 and escaped from a POW camp. He is doing pretty well for an old guy.

Jude's avatar

@chyna according to my 85 year old Grandma (at the time), she was now allowed to carry a “Privilege Card”. You get one of those after 80, and because of it, you can say what you damn well please.

tinyfaery's avatar

When my mind and/or body go, I’d like to go with it.

Truth is, I could die tomorrow and I wouldn’t care. My death has little meaning for me. It’s the people person that I might leave behind that I worry about.

chyna's avatar

@jmah That is so true. Grandma will say ” there’s Ranall, he’s black (really?) or, there’s Lilly, she is fat, (can you turn it down a decible?). She doesn’t care what she says because she, too, must be carrying the card.

MissAnthrope's avatar

Seriously, I could go at any time and be happy. I don’t think I want to live past 70, unless my life really picks up and I feel like there’s more to do. I dread getting old, I dread my body falling apart, I dread wrinkles and no longer looking the way I do. I wish I could freeze my body the way I am now!

Jude's avatar

@tinyfaery that’s exactly how I feel.

YARNLADY's avatar

I’ve got a pretty good chance at living until I reach 100 (34 years to go). Most of my relatives lived well into their 80’s and 90’s. If there was a chance to live forever, I would take it.

lillycoyote's avatar

I’ll be happy if I don’t outlive my mind.

DeanV's avatar

Older than I am now.

ubersiren's avatar

@oratio : Alas, I was resuscitated by crusader… my plan is working so far! :)

augustlan's avatar

Well, I’m only 41 but I’ve been in constant pain for a good 13 or 14 years already… so that’s not an issue. As long as there is joy left in my life, I want to live it.

My great-great grandmother died when I was little at 102 years of age, and my great-grandmother died when I was 19, at 92 years of age. They were both quite mean and miserable by the time they passed on. I really don’t want to be like that at any age.

hungryhungryhortence's avatar

I already have genetics on my side to live well into my 90’s but I’d like to go into the 100’s. I’ve got another 5 husbands to go through in order to fulfill prophecy.

cak's avatar

@lillycoyote – Lurve. That is the best answer, I feel the same.

YARNLADY's avatar

@hungryhungryhortence—was the prophecy that you would be married (number)times or (number)of men? You can marry the same man over and over if you like. My Hubby and I have been married to each other three times, so far.

augustlan's avatar

@YARNLADY Really? That is so interesting! I know a couple that were married, had a child, got divorced. While they were divorced, the woman had another child with a different man. Then, the original couple remarried. It’s an interesting family. :)

MacBean's avatar

If I make it to 40, I’ll be shocked. If I make it to 60, I’ll be pissed.

augustlan's avatar

@MacBean I used to think I wouldn’t make it past 32. I’m awfully glad I did. If you don’t make it to 40, I’ll be pissed!

MacBean's avatar

@augustlan: I’ve only got fifteen years to go. OH MY GOD I AM GETTING OLD.

augustlan's avatar

@MacBean STFU with that ‘old’ crap, would ya’? :D

bythebay's avatar

@MacBean, I’m pushing 46 and you’re making me feel positively ancient…

hungryhungryhortence's avatar

@YARNLADY: the prophecy was 6 husband, technically I’ve been married twice to the first one so I guess I’ve only 4 more to go :D

MacBean's avatar

@augustlan & @bythebay XD Sorry! I forgot my ~. I don’t actually start using the word “old” until people are past normal retirement age. I don’t stop calling people “kids” until they hit 28 or so.

CMaz's avatar

180… I figure I will get it right by then.

ram201pa's avatar

I don’t want to outlive my money.

DrasticDreamer's avatar

If I could stay younger and healthier for quite a while… I could easily do 500 to 1,000 years.

Blondesjon's avatar

@DrasticDreamer…You just made me realize that prison would suck if you could live that long.

DrBill's avatar

I plan to live forever…

and so far, I have.

MacBean's avatar

Keep planning on it, @DrBill. Statistics suggest that we’ll all die one day, but you never know.

DrBill's avatar

I was the first in my family to stay married till death.

I was the first in my family to get a college degree.

I beat the odds before, I’m trying to do it again.

filmfann's avatar

@DrBill On a long enough timeline, the survival rate always drops to zero.

oratio's avatar

@DrBill wth? You stayed married till death? Are you a video game character?

MacBean's avatar

@filmfann So far. Or as far as you know. It may not always be true!

tiffyandthewall's avatar

i want to live as long as i can, but still be happy and pretty healthy.

i plan on being a badass granny

YARNLADY's avatar

@oratio I stayed married until death twice. My partners died.

DrBill's avatar

stayed married till my wife of 33 years passed.

StormyNormy's avatar

Until I can look at the earth from another planet

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