9 Taking Care of Father
senile / senility
Altzheimer’s Disease
dependent / independent
full care facility
assisted living
retirement community
“nursing home”
DNR (do not resuscitate)
advance directive
life support
get along with
to be a burden
姨捨山 http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/姨捨山

What is your solution for Kwon-Woo and Joo-Kung’s problem?
What living options are available to the elderly?
How will your parents / grandparents be cared for?
Have you discussed these things with your parents?
Obligation? Guilt?
How would you like to spend your final years?
How has care for the elderly changed in Japan? How is it likely to change in the future?
What do you know about how other cultures take care of their aged members?
“Today’s 60 is yesterday’s 40.” What does that mean to you?
Look at the Culture Corner on p. 44 of your textbook. What is your reaction to the different concerns of older people in different countries?
Other experiences, stories, research...

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The Ballad of Narayama (movie) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ballad_of_Narayama_(1983_film) (Ubasuteyama)

“Welcome to the Monkey House”, Kurt Vonnegut
“Welcome to the Monkey House” takes place in a dystopian future, a setting that is very common in Kurt Vonnegut’s short stories. In this one, the world has become very overpopulated, and the government is forced to take drastic actions. This involves a two pronged attack. The government encourages the citizens to painlessly end their lives in “ethical suicide parlors,” and they’re given “ethical birth control pills” which don’t do anything to affect reproduction, but instead take all the pleasure out of sex. Someone who refuses to take the pills is called a nothinghead. The story centers around Nancy, a suicide parlor hostess who is kidnapped by the infamous nothinghead Billy the Poet and taken to his hideout, where he rapes her. Nancy is very angry about this, but Billy says that eventually she will come to thank him. Billy is shown as not a twisted rapist who wants a sexual harem, but instead a good-natured freedom fighter trying to open the eyes of the citizens who for so long have had their rights taken away. He then leaves to room but leaves behind a bottle of pills with a note on them saying “Welcome to the Monkey House.”

Difficult to find, but worth it. An older film with very unconventional ideas about youth, age, and death:
Harold & Maude