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  • death and in our contemporary culture the idea of "looking" old.
  • fear of the unknown...death.
  • I think we're scared to get old because we're afraid of losing abilities to do things. Like simply going for a walk, or reading a book without having to find the reading glasses. Ultimately the fear of aging is due to the greater fear of death.
  • Looking in the mirror and my mother looking back at me
  • Closing in on the Grim Reaper....there is no other way to put it. Next stop: down in the dirt.
  • That we will longer be able to do all the things we enjoy. That someone will have to take care of us.
  • fear of becoming sexually less desireable...of becoming less self sufficient.
  • fear of becoming sick (cancer runs in my family) and not being able to take care of myself. having to depend on someone else. fear of the unknown and what it holds. will I have enough to retire? or will I have to work until I die?
  • somebody please flag this question..shoud be in psychology or something not death..the subject is not about death and funerals..I tried flagging and nothing was done.
  • I am not yet at the age where I must worry about physical or metal helth problems. My biggest fear is for those around me my parents and older friends. The fear of being alone without family to depend on scares me quite a bit.
  • Duh! Dying! Need more be said?
  • Wrinkles! Someone invent a face iron, come on!
  • Fear of the unknown -- And I will move your question to the correct category for you , make sure you choose a category that fits your question - Ok
  • The reality of dying.
  • Mine is due to the fear of being alone in a world I once knew to be full of people I love.
  • well for many people I know who think of themselves as young beautiful and attractive their biggest fear is that as they age there won't be as many people who find them attractive anymore and their options will become smaller in who they can date ( most of my friends are either divorced or still single lol) FDor me though my biggest fear of getting old is doing it alone. I barely see my son now and he is only 20 and I am 45 what is he gonna be like if I live to be 90 I know that there is a very good chance I will be alone for the rest of my life or at least that is how I feel right now because the woman loved is gone from my life and don't feel I am ready to move past her death even though it's been over 2 years
  • Fear of the worm farm.
  • Fear of losing our vibrance and sexual attractiveness, which in todays cosmetically obsessed society is not surprising (including losing our metabolism)! Other things are retiring, and having little to do but watch television, and of course dying or thinking about losing a partner to old age.
  • losing the "it" factor
  • Incontinence
  • that we wont be able to outrun the grim reaper
  • The everlasting dirtnap.
  • The age of our heart!
  • being left alone at a time you most need people
  • Death and being finite.
  • Vanity and the feeling of becoming incapable of tending to ourselves and relying on others. After you have reached a certain point I think we all become used to the idea of not being immortal and will accept death as it is, painless as being conceived.
  • Who will take care of me when I can no longer care for myself?
  • Not wanting to die is a good answer.
  • Losing the ability to do things you used to enjoy and diminishing options for the future.
  • vanity and ultimately, death. It doesn't help that the media, movies and TV all seem to center everything around youth.
  • No longer aging!
  • when we stop aging
  • Having to deal with the elderly (a home care provider and hospice) Its death that brings trepidation to the heart at getting old (we think of our mortality more often than before). Now I'm not nocking on deaths door. But I try to think that death is good — that I will enter Asgard and be with all the people that have lived before down to the early cavemen. They will look to me for the latest news that has happened here on earth. In a way "defeat" is good, it means that someone else has finally lived up to their full potential. Failure is something that I seek, it is a way to challenge myself after I have disciplined myself in a certain manner. But of course when the big day comes I'm sure I'll be just afraid as everyone else... But I'll be saying "I will stand before my father, I will stand before my brother, I will stand before my mother, I will stand before my sister; my great, great, great grandfather and like them before me I to will know the Ice cold watery grave of Valhalla."
  • The oldest cell in our bodies is less than 7 years old. We don't die of old age we die of disease. Doctors treat symptoms but keep us ill. We eat "Junk" and sit on aur as.ses and get fat. We need nutrition and exercise. We need to drink good clean water and breathe clean air. We are what we make ourselves. We are committing suicide at our dinner tables. I am 72 and feel Great.
  • Having more time behind you then ahead of you. Almost having a to die for date
  • the heart of our fear of aging is..., death. and unsure of the unknown. everyone has their beliefs in what might be on the other side after we cross over. but, when we ourselves inch closer to death, we see things a little diffrently, because we are facing the unknown ourselves. thinking of will or might be on the other side is one thing but when facing death we wind up questioning ourselves.
  • Hi, this is a question that should be asked by us, all. Turning 60, two years ago, affected me badly. I came face to face with the fact of death and whatever it might mean. I would go to bed reluctantly and then get afraid when the thought would come all of itself how near the end I am. It was bad and took it all alone, no one to share my fears with. There are topics that people do not want to hear about and I, did not want to upset by imposing these thoughts on the beloved ones. I never could talk about easier things than this to my husband, there is no tolerance of capability in him to even listen to anything that means trouble or sentiment. I am married out of my own country and due to the style of life I have, have a couple of friends still that talk to, sometimes. The point is that I went to a heart doctor for some complaints and he almost forced me to take anti depressants. I refused them at first but he insisted and I trusted him. Now, after taking them for a year, I can look at my fears detached somehow, I see things much more clearly. I still think of death but it does not upset me much any more. The more I read about the meaning of life and similar wisdoms the more I believe that the more simple we are, the more possibilities of being content. Sometimes I even muse with the after death. I consider people that have already left as taking the plunge and knowing already what is there. I worry about separation with loved ones but could not it be that it is just fears of living people. Then again, I have been thinking differently than people I know and being aware of this, keep my thoughts to myself. Thoughts of God, human beings, wholeness. I have no way to know if there is any truth in all this, time will show.
  • ONE WORD!!! wrinkles
  • Losing friends and family, realizing the end is near, not being able to do things that should be easy, health issues.
  • It's simple. Loss.
  • Oil of Olay propaganda.
  • Peer pressure. I see it every day in advertisements on TV and in newspapers.
  • Health is my biggest concern. Should have thought about it years ago and lived a healthier lifestyle - now I'm kinda stuck in my habits and worry about it - or not because worrying can age me, right?
  • The inability to have functioning bowels.
  • There are many diseases associated with old age, although now they are affecting younger people. We have what was called "adult-onset diabetes" in 8-year-olds. Hypertension, once considered a mid-life illness, has been diagnosed in children. Physical decline might be the biggest fear. I have read that our physical strength is greatest in our mid-20's. When I was at that age, 25, I biked to San Francisco and back, a distance of about 70 miles. I also biked to Gilroy two years later. The month after I turned 30, I biked to Half Moon Bay. I am now 41, and recently biked to Hollister, 60 miles one-way. These frequent, sometimes long bike rides keep me young.
  • Losing control.
  • Societies concept of age!
  • Death and the media pushing an unrealistic view of how one is supposed to look.
  • Fear of the unknown!
  • I think it's listening to young people telling us we're OLD. You're only old if you feel OLD!
  • Is there sufficient time for me to complete my wishes?
  • A feeling that the physical and mental decline of aging will rob us of choices. The future need not be a rocking chair and a blank stare, however. You can prepare yourself and enjoy each step of the way at www.how-you-can-save.com.
  • I volunteer at an assisted living home, and the one thing that seems to be in front of them all the time is lonliness, and the fact that thier children no longer have time for them.I'm afraid I'll never see my son again.
  • :-( the fear of being losing friends and the people i love. I'm currently watching a series on tv about detectives tracking down relatives of the the deceased so they can inherite there money. I find it so upsetting that these people died alone. Expecially when they show pictures of them when they were younger surrounded by family and friends.
  • MAYBE DYING
  • Don't fear it. Plan your life like you're going to live forever. Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.
  • Everything hurting.

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