Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near when you will say, "I have no delight in them". (Ecclesiastes 12:1)
Visiting a friend now living in a long term care facility, I was reminded again of the curse and consequences of original sin. Praise God for the advances in geriatric care and for all those care givers who, with such dedication, competence and compassion, take care of our loved ones who are no longer able to take care of themselves. Ultimately, there is no cure for old age or what Solomon called "the evil days".
From a simplistic human perspective, apart from a true understanding and a saving relationship with God or as Solomon (the Preacher) calls it, "living under the sun", the days of our lives are mostly filled with things which have no eternal meaning or lasting value. If you live long enough, you get old and begin to lose your physical and mental capabilities (the evil days). And eventually you die; Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it. Vanities says the preacher, All is vanity!" (Ecclesiastes 12:7-8)
All this is very depressing for those who live only under the sun. But for those of us who know Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord, this physical life is just a stepping stone to an eternal life which promises no aging, no sickness, no sorrow and no death; Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:16-18) Maranatha!