1. "Americans may live longer than their parents, but they are likely to be more incapacitated. Does that sound very desirable? Not to me." - Dr. Ezekial Emanuel
  2. 2032 is a big year for Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel.
  3. The 57 year old father of two (and brother to Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago) argues that 75 is a good age for him to die, because living any longer is simply not necessary.

    In essence, he wants his life to be one of quality over quantity — and he believes we would all be doing society and our loved ones a favour by following his example.
  4. He articulates his point of view in an article written for The Atlantic Magazine entitled "Why I hope to Die at 75: An argument that society and families—and you—will be better off if nature takes its course swiftly and promptly."
  5. In the piece, Dr. Emanuel writes: "I am sure of my position. Doubtless, death is a loss. It deprives us of experiences and milestones, of time spent with our spouse and children. In short, it deprives us of all the things we value."
  6. "A good life is not just about stacking up the years and living as long as possible. People need to focus on quality of life," he says. "Setting an actual date for a good time to die helps you focus on what is important in your life."
  7. The graph below from Dr. Emanuel's Atlantic article shows our declining contribution to society versus when we're most constructive:
  8. Emanuel is not a crack-pot back alley rhetorician.

    He is, in fact, one of the most renowned physicians in the United States. He is a top oncologist and the current chair of medical bioethics and health policy at the University of Pennsylvania.

    CBC's Michael Enright conducted a fascinating interview with him on the CBC Radio's Dec. 7 edition of The Sunday Edition starting at 9 a.m. ET. You can listen to the show here.
  9. We asked CBC readers/viewers/listeners what they think of Dr. Emanuel's view.

    Here's a group of people who agreed with him:
  10. Sometimes we fight nature. Until you've worked in a hospital you're never gonna get that perverted feeling of keeping someone alive past their expiry date.
  11. Depends on your circumstances. 75 isn't old and I know some 90 year olds that are amazing. Then again some 50 somethings have serious issues. He is generalizing. Who cares if he is a doctor, he doesn't have a crystal ball and this is a layman's opinion not a professional opinion based on some facts or eve fence about anything. Whatever.
  12. It all comes down to health....if am sick as dog and need constant care...or senile. when my chin touches my chest and saliva start to drool it is time to go.
  13. Once I'm wearing diapers again & can't feed myself, I'm done.
  14. Some readers disagree, however, pointing to those they know who are thriving in their later years — people who Dr. Emanuel would argue are the exceptions, not the rule:
  15. I know someone who is 90 and you would never know it. He has his health, his mind and gets around great. He travels, goes on cruises, etc. To look at him you would think maybe late 70's. If things are good, why would you want to die at 75?
  16. Speak for yourself Dr. Many people have terrific, active and meaningful lives beyond your benchmark.
  17. I don't think he said that exactly. He maintains that he would not do anything to artificially prolong his life. after that age He would live a naturally healthy life and do what he could control his future.
  18. I can see what he's saying, but why set an age to die at? What if he's healthy and happy at 75? Why not just say when I start to really suffer and not get better, then I want to die? Also, I am curious as to why he does not approved of assisted suicide, unless it's because of the concerns of people potentially pushing the suicide on people. Otherwise, surely assisted suicide would be a better way to go than living with all your untreated illnesses until they finally kill you.
  19. Any age is fun. Just enjoy them
  20. If my grandparents had all died at 75, I would never have met them. And that would have been tragic. I understand not dosing to a ghost of your former self, but simple medication to maintain a happy life - why wouldn't you?
  21. Is'nt this called being ageism. My Mother is 93 and still living on her own. I'm 68. That means I would have only 7 years left. I'd make that trip around I'm happy that he's not my doctor
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