No one has come out yet and explicitly suggested that old folks like me (I am about to turn 83) should be treated the way the Eskimos, as folklore has it, used to treat theirs: put on an ice floe and left to float away into the sunset. We are, however, coming dangerously close.
A recent study by Dr. Alvin C. Kwok and his colleagues finds that surgery is common in the last year, month and week of life. Eighty-year-olds had a 35% chance of going under the knife in the last year of their lives; nearly one out of five Medicare recipients had surgery in their last month and one in 10 in their last week.
The rest of this article can be read here: http://www.cnn.com/2011/11/04/opinion/etzioni-elderly/index.html?eref=mrss_igoogle_cnn
I'm interested to hear your takes on this article and the subject matter covered after you've read it.