I believe that whether we can live a truly satisfying life to the end depends to a considerable extent on how we view death,
Sadly, many older people are anxious and fearful about death,
But a Buddhist, I find it helpful to compare the cycles of life to the daily rhythms of waking and sleeping,
Just as we look forward to the rest sleep brings after the efforts and exertions of the day,
Death can be seen as a welcome period of rest and re-energizing in preparation for a new round of active life,
And just as we enjoy the best sleep after a day in which we have done our very best, a calm easy death can only follow a life lived fullest without any regrets.
(Credit Daisaku Ikeda for the philosophy)