Old age shouldn’t be something that we have to fear. To live long enough to get old, actually makes you one of the fortunate ones, because there are so many who are tragically taken before their time.
There are aspects of getting old which can be pleasant. You’ve reached a point where you no longer have a huge amount of responsibilities and you can pretty much just spend the rest of your life relaxing.
You have untold amounts of wisdom and knowledge that you can pass on to your family too. But of course, for a lot of people these positive aspects are very much outweighed by the struggles of being old.
Your body is starting to fail, you become less mobile, you have less energy and your wits may be failing you a little bit too. Sometimes basic daily tasks like making food and going to the bathroom become difficult, and you need to rely on other people more than ever.
Assisted living facilities can be amazing for those who reach that stage, but not everyone is comfortable with that. Many people would prefer to live out the remainder of their lives in their own home.