Gives a whole new meaning to bricking the system....
It's not that my mom dwells on the past -- but when she talks about the world she grew up in, it makes me realize how lucky we are today :-)
My grandma was like your mom (gosh you are *way* older than me :^)
When someone started on about how it was better way back when, she would do a smackdown, pointing out the advances in the medical field.
Yes - we are fortunate. And technology is really helping. I know of two methods of gathering good data on heart health. I had a small part in a non-invasive product that can create a 1000 Hz animation of a heart. THe EE said his greatest fears was waking up next to his equipment - it is good equipment - because he would be in serious shape.