Checking out before getting old

"The final martini" and other morbid fantasies of terrified 50-somethings

Meg Frederico and her friends often discuss their clever strategies to checking out of life before dementia and incontinence set in. In their 50s, the women dread living too long unless, as she puts it, “we’re ‘sharp as a tack’ and ‘fit as a fiddle.’ ” In this piece, Frederico shares her morbid fantasy, which involves a beach and a yet-to-be concocted “final martini,” and suggests that perhaps it’s time to truly start talking about what lies ahead.      

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(Maclean’s review)