I don't know, I personally am not that old yet at almost 70. But I have been very close a couple of times and I was ready to accept it if it came. I am more afraid of living miserably than I am of dying. Just remember, life is short and you need to live it the best you can, while you can, and respect the lives of others.
If I get to be (really old) I'll have to let you know! My guess is it all depends on how the person (lived) their life, possible regrets, and the impending circumstances of their death. It wouldn't surprise me if a "really old" person might be READY to go! This is especially true if you outlived your spouse and friends.
Also people who might believe in God, heaven, and seeing deceased friends & loved ones or pets might have a more positive attitude towards death because they believe it's not "the end" but a "new beginning".
First I would ask you to clarify what you mean by 'really old'. Next, you don't have to be any kind of old to know that death is imminent. But, limiting my answer to the parameter you've set, paraphrased as 'only really old people know death is imminent' my answer is something I was told while volunteering with Hospice of the Comforter, most people confront dying the way they confronted living. I don't know how old you are but I'm 70 and by your standard much closer to death than you are. How do I feel about it? It'll be just another day in the life of Cecelia.
I say "really old" is relative. Particularly, when you get old. I see imminent death as a spiritual journey, but then again, I see life as a spiritual journey. My mother was in hospice for a short period, death was suddenly imminent.
My children had most of their great grandparents alive when my children were born, and we took time to visit. From personal observation, they looked at my children as their legacy and intentionally tried to impart wisdom that they wished they knew or wanted to share and readily shared stories in an effort to implant memories to have a form of immortality. Others took efforts to secure their legacy like contributing to charities with a memorial plaque, something that furthered their values and led to more people remembering them.
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