Being Mortal shows how the ultimate goal is not a good death but a good life—all the way to the very end.
- “ Old age is not a battle. Old age is a massacre.” -Philip Roth
- If time becomes short, what is most important to you?
- You may not control life’s circumstances, but getting to be the author of your life means getting to control what you do with them.
- In America, in 1790, people aged 65 or older constituted less than 2% of the population; today, they are 14%. In Germany, Italy, and Japan, they exceed 20%. China is now the first country on earth with more than 100 million elderly people.
- In the course of a normal lifetime, the muscles of the jaw lose about 40% of their mass.
- By the age of 60, people in an industrialized country like the United States have lost, on average, a third of their teeth. After 85, almost 40% have no teeth at all.
- At the age of 30, the brain is a 3 pound organ that barely fits inside the skull; by our 70’s, gray matter loss leaves almost an inch of spare room.
- Each year, about 350,000 Americans fall and break a hip. Of those, 40% end up in a nursing home, and 20% are never able to walk again.
- In an average retirement community rent runs $32,000 a year. Entry fees are typically $60,000 to $120,000 on top of that. Meanwhile, the median income of people 80 and older is only about $15,000. More than half of the elderly living in long-term care facilities run through their entire savings and I have to go to government assistance in order to afford it.
- More than 15% of lung cancers occur in non-smokers.
- You live longer only when you stop trying to live longer.
- Courage is strength in the face of knowledge of what is to be feared or hoped. Wisdom is prudent strength.