Partie 5 : Problèmes de société

Chapitre 39 : Old age and death

Old age, page 84

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to retire
a pensioner, a retiree
to take to travelling
a wrinkle
to go grey
life expectancy
a centenarian
to live to a ripe old age
to be housebound
to flag, to weaken
to ramble on
grumpy, cranky
mentally impaired
to dote

According to the European Commission, by 2025 more than 20% of Europeans will be 65 or over. This phenomenon is sometimes called the greying of Europe.

Death, page 84

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to draw up a will
to pass away
an undertaker, a mortician
a coffin, a casket
a grave
a graveyard, a cemetery
to bury
to be cremated
the ashes
to mourn somebody, to grieve for somebody
Here lies…
Rest in peace (RIP)
an heir

Chronic disease affects more than 80 percent of people over 65. It costs an estimated 700 billion euros in health care spending each year in Europe.

Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.

Food for thought, page 85

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  1. Is a hospital room full of machines and tubes really the best place to spend our final days before we rest in peace? A “good death” may sound like a contradiction of terms, but the vast majority of Americans (70 percent in one poll) do agree that if they are going to die, they would like to die at home.
  2. CBS News, April 2014.
  3. To baby boomers, a good death is more about a good life. When they can’t have that any longer, it’s time to pull the plug. This will be the first generation to broadly eschew painful life-extending procedures and make the most of palliative care to live better in fewer days, and then die with dignity.
  4. Time, August 2013.
  5. I’ve said in my advanced directives, if I have any illness that will kill me where treatment has not got at least a 95 per cent chance of my returning to a totally independent life, I don’t want to live.
  6. The Independent, April 2015.
  7. In modern society people no longer die at home, but hidden away in hospitals. And very often the bereaved no longer wear visible signs of mourning. Dying used to be an integral part of social life. It is now a source of terror and people try to hide death as much as they can.