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Mar 15th 2011 at 5:49:18 PM

After working in a Nursing home for a few weeks before quitting, I have always wondered what my fate would be when my brain succumbed to depreciation or I came to the point where I could not take care of myself.

What do you think your generation would do when the time came, and you were too old and crotchety, to the point where you fell and was unable to get up?

Do you think in 60+ years, you will see nursing homes as the same as they are now, or would their be computers and T Vs everywhere, old people playing classic Video Games on their old outdated TV Systems back in the good ole days of '2k10 and discussing anime that have long been over?

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SpainSun Laugh it off, everybody from Somewhere Beyond Here
Laugh it off, everybody
Mar 15th 2011 at 5:50:12 PM

If my will is followed, I will be—let's say put to sleep—if I am ever beset with an incurable mental illness.

I spread my wings and I learn how to fly....
Mar 15th 2011 at 5:50:59 PM

I fully expect to commit suicide if it ever gets to that point.

HungryJoe Gristknife from Under the Tree
Mar 15th 2011 at 5:51:41 PM

My mind starts going real fast? Suspended animation is what I hope for.

Charlie Tunoku is a lover and a fighter.
Galeros Slay foes with bow and arrow
Slay foes with bow and arrow
Mar 15th 2011 at 5:59:19 PM

I doubt I will live that long.

formerly Lady Justice
Mar 15th 2011 at 6:53:06 PM

As long as I have my husband in my old age, I will be fine.

I too worked in a nursing home for a couple of weeks, I quit once I realised the nurses were neglecting the patients. Ever since that day I have promised at least a dozen people that I will take them into my home if anyone even dares suggest a nursing home to them.

edited 15th Mar '11 6:53:44 PM by KingFriday

"There's more evil in the charts then an Al-Qaida suggestion box" - Bill Bailey
KrisMahai Hm?
Mar 16th 2011 at 7:54:28 PM

^ Not all nursing homes are that way, you know.

Anyway, I honestly don't know what I would wish done. Ask me in twenty years, maybe.

“Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?”
InverurieJones '80s TV Action Hero from North of the Wall. Relationship Status: And they all lived happily ever after <3
'80s TV Action Hero
Mar 18th 2011 at 11:02:46 AM

I'm with my dad on this one:

"The day I can't put my clothes on or go to the toilet by myself, you're to take me out into a field and blow my head off."

No sweat, pops.

edited 18th Mar '11 11:03:05 AM by InverurieJones

'All he needs is for somebody to throw handgrenades at him for the rest of his life...'
Aondeug Oh My from Our Dreams
Oh My
Mar 18th 2011 at 12:21:34 PM

Alzheimer's and senility I fear. Greatly. Not sure what I would want done to me.

edited 18th Mar '11 12:22:05 PM by Aondeug

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HungryJoe Gristknife from Under the Tree
Mar 18th 2011 at 1:03:55 PM

^^Well, maybe not so spectacular a fashion, but I think euthanization would be my actual prefered option.

Charlie Tunoku is a lover and a fighter.
feotakahari Fuzzy Orange Doomsayer from Looking out at the city
Fuzzy Orange Doomsayer
Mar 21st 2011 at 6:28:48 PM

I'd try to hang on as long as I could. I think we're approaching the point where damage to the brain may be partially repairable, or perhaps worked around—imagine a computer chip in your head that you can save memories to when your own memory starts to go.

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HungryJoe Gristknife from Under the Tree
Mar 21st 2011 at 6:30:16 PM

That'd be nice, but let's just hope the Singularity happens on schedule.

Charlie Tunoku is a lover and a fighter.
InverurieJones '80s TV Action Hero from North of the Wall. Relationship Status: And they all lived happily ever after <3
'80s TV Action Hero
Mar 21st 2011 at 6:51:34 PM


Meat body for me or none at all.

'All he needs is for somebody to throw handgrenades at him for the rest of his life...'
formerly Lady Justice
Mar 22nd 2011 at 1:35:25 AM

@Kris Mahai I would certainly hope not! I'm sure they're not, it's the thought that someone I love could end up being in a place like the one I worked in that frightens me.

I also could never bring myself to put someone I care about in a home unless I was absolutely sure I couldn't provide them with the support they needed.

"There's more evil in the charts then an Al-Qaida suggestion box" - Bill Bailey
cancerlad Lord of Flapdoodle from Kentucky
Lord of Flapdoodle
Jun 11th 2011 at 8:20:31 PM

I'm an only child, so caring for my aging parents is a constant worry of mine. My mother just passed seventy, and if her mother is any guide she'll be with us for another twenty or so years. As will my father. Both families have age related problems. Dad = dementia. Mom = brittle bones. I have no clue how I'm going to juggle their medical problems, my medical problems, a job, and any family I might be blessed with.

Nursing homes seem to be the only way I can come close to caring for them, but I've spent a lot of time visiting relatives in the best nursing homes in my state, and I'd feel bad asking my parents to move into one.

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Bur Chaotic Neutral from Flyover Country Relationship Status: Not war
Jun 13th 2011 at 1:46:10 PM

Should my mind start to go I will become Granny Stormchaser and my last moments will be GLORIOUS. Better to die screaming into a tornado/hurricane/what-have-you than to die not knowing who I am, masturbating in front of the nurses, and shitting myself.

[up] I'm not an only child, but my parents are also in their 70s with many more years ahead of them (I hope). My sister and I have been threatened with disownment if we so much as breath the word "nursing home". My Dad's memory's a bit off, and he has heart problems out the wazoo, but his brothers and sisters haven't been dropping off 'til their early 80s and he's got a better attitude than most of them. Mom will either die of a massive stroke in a few years or last til 100 and die in better shape than me. [lol]

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rockmanx Put in a Stasis Chamber from In deep sleep Relationship Status: Faithful to 2D
Put in a Stasis Chamber
Jun 13th 2011 at 3:26:05 PM

I'd rather kill myself if that ever happened to me.

edited 13th Jun '11 3:26:18 PM by rockmanx

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thespacephantom Jamais vu from the smallest church in Saint-Saëns
Jamais vu
Jun 14th 2011 at 10:36:01 PM

If I get Alzheimers, I'd do that assisted suicide thing.

InverurieJones '80s TV Action Hero from North of the Wall. Relationship Status: And they all lived happily ever after <3
'80s TV Action Hero
Jun 15th 2011 at 12:42:48 AM

Hell, yeah. I'm under orders to shoot my dad if he gets to the 'dribbling and crapping myself' stage.

'All he needs is for somebody to throw handgrenades at him for the rest of his life...'
HungryJoe Gristknife from Under the Tree
Jun 15th 2011 at 9:09:08 PM

There are less messy ways to do it that also involve fewer legal fees. Just have the doctor proscribe too much pain meds per dosage. Don't press charges, Badda bing badda boom.

Charlie Tunoku is a lover and a fighter.
GameChainsaw The Shadows Devour You. from sunshine and rainbows!
The Shadows Devour You.
Jul 10th 2011 at 7:06:15 AM

I think I'd try to hang on, if only for my families sake. Put me in a nursing home or something if I become a burden on the people around me.

If... it got to the point of being a drawn out execution for everyone involved... then yeah, a one-way ticket to Switzerland please. (Or more likely just a drop off a tall bridge.)

The term "Great Man" is disturbingly interchangeable with "mass murderer" in history books.
Margo196 from Nowhere, Canada
Aug 15th 2011 at 6:16:04 AM

Well, for me, this scenario got a lot more real when my grandfather was diagnosed with Alzheimers this summer. If I were to get Alzheimers, I definitely wouldn't want to subject my loved ones to the pain that they would feel. I'd try to go for the assisted suicide before it got too bad.

TomoeMichieru Samurai Troper from Huntsville AL
drunkscriblerian Street Writing Man from Castle Geekhaven Relationship Status: In season
Street Writing Man
Sep 14th 2011 at 11:27:51 PM

Eh, if I stop being functional, I'll check out on my own terms. Life is a choice, and I'll choose how and when I go if I've got any chance. It's one thing to fight for life when "life" means something, quite another to fight just for the sake of fighting.

I've seen Death. I don't fear it.

I respect its power, strive to avoid the touch of it...but no one gets out alive, on a long enough timeline survival rates blah blah lip service you get the point. It's a poor thing to fear the inevitable, and (to my mind) a good thing to deal with it.

I'm gonna die. Before that happens, I'm gonna live, and that nasty in-between place a good many humans condemn themselves to is no place I want to go.

If I were to write some of the strange things that come under my eyes they would not be believed. ~Cora M. Strayer~
mrsaturn Youkai Serious
Youkai Serious
Sep 26th 2011 at 1:37:02 AM

One word. Cryogenics.

If I can't freeze-dry myself until the world stops sucking, then the best thing to do with senility is to imitate Grandma Death. Just stand in the road, saying ominous things. Damn, but how will I remember the movie if I'm senile?

They assed first. I am only retaliating in an ass way. -The Dead Man's Life

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