Ninety nine percent of medical research is devoted to trying to slow down these diseases which actually only a fraction of us actually get or is aging. If we’re lucky affects all of us.
A few months ago I heard that she she fell over in her apartment and she broke the top of her femur. She went straight to hospital they operated on her.
Her heart stopped in the operation and I arrived in Sydney with my son then five years old to say goodbye to her. She was there just a shell of the woman she once was.
She had a feeding tube coming out her nose. She barely knew who anybody was and I thought this thing we call ageing why aren’t we up in arms about it.
And this this once vibrant woman reduced to this. It’s incredible. And this is just my story but this is being played out every day in everybody’s family. It’s certainly not an isolated case.
In fact I don’t want to be a downer but. This or something like it is going to happen to all our loved ones including all of us. And that’s actually the best case scenario.
So why aren’t we doing more about it. Well I think we all know that ageing is important. For example the World Health Organization recently put out a report 32 page report saying that ageing is one of the biggest problems of our generation unless we do something to keep the elderly healthy and productive.
The cost is going to crush national infrastructures and our way of life. Our economies are going to fall. And this is what the governments are saying. But what you may not realize is a fraction of just one percent of medical research is devoted.