In Stephen Gould's article The Median Isn't the Message, there is an excellent story that displays the power that statistics can play in shaping how we think and our attitude towards certain subjects. When Gould was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 1982, he decided to research the life expectancy and was shock that it was only 8 months. Upon looking further he found that under his circumstances, he could fall under the curve much farther out, meaning a longer life expectancy.
I. Imagine yourself or a loved one just diagnosed with a terminal debilitating illness. You are given at best six months to live. During those six months your prognosis will turn from bad to worse. You know you will eventually be in an uncontrollable amount of persistent pain. You will eventually lose the ability to feed, dress, or bathe and toilet yourself. Your once very active life will become one
While everyone in the world today knows that there time here on earth is limited, medicine has made great strides toward letting humans achieve a longer lifespan, and almost doubling peoples time here on earth. While that may seem like a great strive for society it is also a great hindrance; as shown throughout the story of King Lear by William Shakespeare, not all good things come with old Age. One must to ask themselves whether one achieved everything they had hoped through one’s lifetime, what has one amounted what shall be there legacy once they’ve moved on. If one has had children will they share in their fortune or will they use it as payment in insure that they are well cared for once they are elderly. Will those
When you are young you stop and think we’re would I be in 25 years from here, nobody know what their future has on hold for us. We just go to keep on going and don’t let no tell you know that you can’t do it. At the age of 40 we receive a message from biological clock that may come as gray hair or a few wrinkles. Something that we never thought that will happen, something that we are scared of changes, especially if you love the way you look. The older you get, your body system starts to change. If you love to read books and you see that your eyesight is falling that means that you can’t read the small prints that you need to read large prints or get check up by your eye doctors. Our body are not what they use to be perhaps the few days ahead in our lives, we are entering the middle adulthood that doesn’t mean we're headed for midlife crisis it mean we are facing some new
• Identify how Kubler-Ross’ five stages of death and dying play a critical role in helping this couple, identifying and explaining what stage each person is in.
According to Gawande (2014), modern scientific capability has profoundly altered the course of human life. People live longer and better than at any other time in history. But scientific advances have turned the processes of aging and dying into medical experiences, matters to be managed by health care professionals. And we in the medical world have proved alarmingly unprepared for it. This reality has been largely hidden, as the final phases of life become less familiar to people.
In the 17th century, Johann Sebastian Bach changed the music of the classical world forever. Growing up, he was a poor boy with several siblings, and his father, Johann Ambrosius Bach, was a musician who had been playing instruments all of his life. Young Bach soon followed in his father’s footsteps but instead of the violin, he played the organ everyday for hours on end. Bach was no stranger to the steps he would have to take to be a musician, because of his father’s career path, he knew how hard it would be to become a well-known musician. He started his musical path by playing the organ for ceremonies and royals. He persevered until he eventually reached the best music halls in Europe. He taught at a music school to train students to be
Bach descended from a long line of distinguished musicians, and, after his death, several of his sons achieved musical prominence. He received his first musical training from members of his family, including his father, who was also a musician. He learned a great deal by studying the scores of other composers, assimilating the best musical practices of Germany, Italy, Austria, and France. Early on, he exhibited the work ethic that made him an extremely prolific composer. One story illustrates the extent of his devotion to his craft: at the age of 20, he walked a distance of 200 miles to hear Dietrich Buxtehude, Northern Europe's most renowned organist at the time, play the organ at Lübeck.
When I ponder the first 17 years of my life, I realize that I have taken my life for granted. I’ve never actually thought about how soon my life could end, not seeing my loved ones ever again, and never being able to enjoy life’s glorious moments. Having a miraculous, close encounter with death has changed how I view life. I pay attention to the details of my life more, and the small things in life don’t seem to aggravate me as much as they did in the past.
rather than viewing the second half of life as a time of progressive deterioration in
The report show that the data used has reliability and validity because the data used has been taken from official sources such as the Office for National statistics for life expectancy, Health life expectancy, the 2011 census and public health England, these use the key health indicators such as life expectancy which is usually separated by gender, the reports of good and poor general health, infant mortality and the proportion of babies with abnormally low birth rate. All these health indicators are generally reliable because they will based upon simple data which is usually clear and undistorted for example it is quite simple and straight forward to record the life expectancy of a person at birth and the recorded age of a person whose death is being registered. Some of the social class and income measures that may affect the reliability of the data when measuring health inequalities are what is the average income for an area, the individuals incomes, the occupation of the individuals all these measurements are not all fully
Chapter four talks about the prolongation of life and the increase of life expectancies. In a way this is a bad economically because of social security and other retirement benefits. It also talks about evolutionary biologists that ten to believe that aging is caused by genes and that there are no shortcuts to the postponement of death. I do tend to agree with this for the most part. It does not matter much how you live your life because anything can cause your time to end in a moment. No one knows when a person is going to die because there are too many factors to consider. Another theory is that the body loses its functionality and just dies. And then there is also the Hayflick Limit, where environmental factors prevent the accurate copying of DNA. I think that if someone were to die due to health issues it would follow more of this idea. In time I do believe that the view point of death will change. Will a person be able to understand that their body is going out or will they fight tooth and nail to stay alive? Fear of dying plagues us all. We may be able to understand more why we die in 2050
Kübler-Ross came up with idea that people pass through different stages after they find out that they are dying, but this idea has been debunked. The stages include Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance. According to Kübler-Ross everyone who is the progress of dying goes through these stages, but according to some research not all people go through these stages or if they do they go through them in reverse (Lilienfeld, Lynn, Ruscio, & Beyerstein, 2009). Kübler-Ross’s stages are so popular because they give people a sense of predictability over their deaths (Lilienfeld, Lynn, Ruscio, & Beyerstein, 2009).
In table 1 (Baseline characteristics for fatal stroke, or CHD cases and non-cases), the data is presented in both medians(IQR) and counts (%). Counts seem to be more appropriate. It is unclear why the mean(SD) was not also included in the table. It could be the case that the mean was more appropriate in some instances, with no reason it couldn’t have been added to the table.
Another finding in their studies was demonstrating that 67 percent of less fortunate males have a greater chance of passing away each year, and 52 percent of less fortunate females have a greater chance than their well-off partner. By the time they finished their study they had come to a conclusion that “if all Canadians were as healthy as the top 20 percent of income earners, there would be approximately 40,000 fewer deaths each year.” (Bryant, 2014, para. 4) According to the US Census Bureau the average American is making approximately $50,756 each year. In America income equality has a factor on a numerous amount of things. Not only are the paychecks very unequal, the lifespan of rich people are increasingly longer than the lifespan of the poor American people. According to Hamilton Health Sciences “by the late 1990s the rich were living 4.5 years longer, and the gap has only widened since then. Some other things it has a factor on are education and economic growth.