Once past its peak, the body accelerates the process of decrepitude and
decay, ultimately leading to a point where the maintenance of physical
cohesion is no longer possible. Each system, in turn and in concert,
begins to manifest increasing disabilities and disfunction as it
inexorably marches towards that point where it can no longer function.
As the final days tick down, each glance in the mirror reveals some new
corruption of purpose. Cell divisions begin to miscalculate and mutate
into cancerous growths which insinuate themselves into organs and blood
cells, multiplying exponentially as the organism limps frailly towards
its demise. Skin sags and loses its elasticity, hair recedes and loses
its pigment, teeth crumble and dislodge and internal organs betray their
function. This symphony of entropy raises its chorus to higher and
higher pitches as the clock runs down and our precious time in these
frail sacks of water and carbon undergo their transformation and
ultimate return to their inanimate origin.