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Old 08-30-2011, 05:48 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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Enjoy your Tuesday everyone... go out and make it a good day.[/font][/color]
It is Tuesday! and the weather here is crystal clean, sunny, blue skies--after the spinoff storms from the coastal hurricane. What people--esp seniors and those with kids--with property damage are worrying about in some places is a roof over their heads and the return of electricity. So one thing that worries me is the kind of "disasters" in which I'd have no control over my regular daily routine. But one has to roll with the punches, and I'm fortunate to have family close by should any disaster strike that makes me and my dog have to leave home.

The only other thing that I worry about as I age, and this is significant, is housing. I know that I don't want to own a house for more than a few years, maybe 5 at the most, unlike many hardy seniors who will own till they drop. I just don't want to keep shelling out for regular costs and repairs. Plus I'm afraid of living in a situation next time around that I don't like and may not be able to get out of (noise, troublesome neighbors, location, etc). I'm already searching and obsessing over the next move. Thankfully summer is about over and I'll get busier. Busy is the best antidote to worry.
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Old 08-30-2011, 06:04 AM
 
Location: Bar Harbor, ME
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I'm afraid that I will end up losing too much mobility.

I'm afraid that I will lose my faculties before I can go the kevokian way.

I'm afraid that I will become irrelevant because I am no longer being a productive member of society and just sponging off of it.
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Old 08-30-2011, 06:08 AM
 
Location: New Orleans Louisiana
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I'm afraid I won't be happy in retirementjoking of course:. Some have told me.."it's not always that great being retired..it gets boring" lol. Some poor souls even want to come back to work. I would be happy to trade with those...I have plenty to do and see after I get to the barn...
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Old 09-05-2011, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Texas
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See? All fixed! Now enjoy your life.
You must have a can of "Easy" like on the commercial. Thanks for solving my issues. Now, can you do something about world peace?
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Old 09-05-2011, 11:13 AM
 
Location: SW MO
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You must have a can of "Easy" like on the commercial. Thanks for solving my issues. Now, can you do something about world peace?
What? With unemployment at 9.1% you want to put all those military folk out of work too?
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Old 09-05-2011, 11:29 AM
 
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I am afraid that my generation (The Boomers) has turned America into a Banana Republic (where nothing works and nobody cares) and we are leaving this mess for the next generation to clean up.

If our parent's generation was "The Greatest Generation," our generation will be called "The STUPIDEST Generation."
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Old 09-05-2011, 02:24 PM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD
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I am afraid that my generation (The Boomers) has turned America into a Banana Republic (where nothing works and nobody cares) and we are leaving this mess for the next generation to clean up.

If our parent's generation was "The Greatest Generation," our generation will be called "The STUPIDEST Generation."
I don't think so. Our generation is not stupid. However, the Boomers have been accused of being self centered and greedy. My bet is on "The GREEDIEST Generation."
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Old 09-05-2011, 03:57 PM
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Are you afraid of becoming a geezer or a crone? If so, why? It certainly beats the alternative. To me, it's a status that after a certain age should be looked forward to.
Since the title of your thread is, "What are you afraid of?", I assume it allows the license to expand beyond endearing terms such as "geezer" and "crone".

One of my professional responsibilities is psychopharmacology consultant to a Transitional Care Unit. Patients are head and neck trauma victims, all on mechanical ventilators, many of whom are in a Persistent Vegetative State. While a few can verbalize their needs some can only respond by blinking their eyes. Most have severe neurological damage with tics, facial grimacing, pain, or overt seizures with neurostorming.

The Nursing staff, aides, and ancillary personnel are compassionate and heroic. Everyone is ethically bound to sustain the lives of these unfortunate patients.

One of my worst fears is someday becoming one of them.
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Old 09-05-2011, 04:59 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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Since the title of your thread is, "What are you afraid of?", I assume it allows the license to expand beyond endearing terms such as "geezer" and "crone".

One of my professional responsibilities is psychopharmacology consultant to a Transitional Care Unit. Patients are head and neck trauma victims, all on mechanical ventilators, many of whom are in a Persistent Vegetative State. While a few can verbalize their needs some can only respond by blinking their eyes. Most have severe neurological damage with tics, facial grimacing, pain, or overt seizures with neurostorming.

The Nursing staff, aides, and ancillary personnel are compassionate and heroic. Everyone is ethically bound to sustain the lives of these unfortunate patients.

One of my worst fears is someday becoming one of them.
Now that is a real fear. I feel terribly for our totally incapacitated veterans, they are heroes.
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Old 09-06-2011, 02:28 AM
 
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I fear losing my self-decided important capacities. My mind, my eyes are most important to me. I absolutely will self-deliver (as the euphemism goes) if I am headed to or find myself in a state where I do not accept the lowered quality of life/independence.
I am not afraid of death, but do fear suffering to get there. But I fear loss of independence- a serious loss, not a partial thing) most of all. Since I fear losing independence, I've made an extra effort to prepare myself financially for assisted living or hiring help or some such.
Apparently I've gotten older alone, and believe me, it's a lot better than a compromised alternative.
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