It seems about time that a Penn professor publicly reminds us that growing old is going to suck. It's something we've all suspected, but there's something pretty final about hearing it from bioethicist Ezekiel Emmanuel in The Atlantic. He has all sorts of fun graphs and neat statistics about things like "Declining Productivity" and "Functional Limitations" to help hammer home his point that the best age to die is 75. His argument is that by 50 you will have achieved everything great you ever will, so might as well kick the bucket before you get too old. Yikes.
Still, it's pretty cool that he refers to those of us hoping for a long life as "American Immortals." Agree with his points or not, you're just going to get older anyways. Ah, the passage of time. But whatever though, because our plan is still just to age flawlessly.