Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, the well-known bioethicist and brother of the mayor of my town, argued recently in an essay in the Atlantic Monthly that 75 is the perfect age to die. After that, he said, most people have little to contribute to society and are a burden rather than a benefit.
I can think of few less-Jewish ideas than this. It is not only heartless but wrong. My grandfather took me to Israel when he was 81 and changed my life. Each of us probably has similar stories.