Letter: Too long a life?

EVERY day we are urged in the press and television to forgo small pleasures - smoking, drinking, eating beef - in the hope that we may live a little longer. Every day I go to visit my husband in a nursing home, where the residents are dying slowly of old age "sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything". Is it really worth it?

SHEILA D HAYDEN

Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands

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