https://longevity.stanford.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/childrenForCare.png 200 360 admin https://longevity.stanford.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/new-logo2-01-300x107.png admin2017-05-12 21:21:412017-05-18 21:21:59If You Have No Children, Who Will Care For You When You're Old?
If You Have No Children, Who Will Care For You When You’re Old?
Few of us are immune from the anxiety that can quickly set in when we contemplate our own ageing. Who will be there for us when us can no longer physically take care of ourselves? Who will be around to remind us of who we were in our moments of lucidity when our minds have started slipping away? For those of us who don’t have children, these questions take on a particular significance. I had mixed feelings after watching Still Alice, an Oscar-winning depiction of early-onset dementia. It made for grim viewing. But it was easy to imagine the ways it could have been even grimmer: what if the protagonist, Alice, had no children, a partner long departed or divorced, or friends who had drifted away?