Working as a registered nurse, I have know many people who have lived until over 100. The most memorable was 104 and lived in her 82 year old daughters home. Her daughter cared for her. The has no services in the home until close to the very end. There was no illness - just age. Another I met was someone many people thought should be admitted to residential care - she lived independently, used a four wheeled frame to walk to the train station on a regular basis, would travel on the train, get off at the city and, for enjoyment, travelled on the city circle tram before coming home on the train. Needless to say - No residential care required!!!!!
Your so lucky to have had a grandpa who lived so long, Gayle! Mine died when my dad was 4 years old, & my mum's dad died when she was 8, but she hadn't seen him since she was 4. He'd been shot in the eye in the WW1, & left home. My mum is now 95 & 2 & 1/2 months old, & is doing very well, except for her dementia. She lives with 1 of my 2 sisters.
Yes, my uncle's grandmother was over 100 years old when she died. She had been trying to die for many years as her quality of life was terrible but the nursing home where she lived kept on feeding her intravenously and pumping antibiotics and other medicines in, so she made it past 100, though very miserably. I understand that the carers and doctors couldn't have done anything else but it does make me wonder, when a person in very poor health and in their late 90s refuses to eat or take medicine, why can't we be merciful and let them die? She didn't care about making it to 100,she just wanted some peace.
Oh yes!!! Lots and lots !!! As a nurse, I see lots of patients of 100 or more. Hospitals and nursing homes are full of people 100 plus years. People are living longer, sometimes too long, so 100 is not considered old like it once was
That's amazing, Rice. Your so lucky to have had a grandma for all that time! Mine died when I was 11 & 12 years old! mum's mother died from diabetes & something else, & dad's mother died from a heart attack when thieves broke into her house & stole her handbag. (That's what my 2 older cousins told me anyway.)
A friends mother was going to be 99, so the family flew interstate for her 99th. When she made it to 100, they went to the 100th 'party'! Then again, when she turned 101. She died at 101 & 6 months, also with all her marbles!
That's interesting, isn't it miro_ . . . people lose their marbles much earlier now and from many and varied types of dementia . . . hmmm . . . back to the old ways, perhaps? Dripping on toast, here I come. :-)