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View Poll Results: Should a "Senior Forum" be added?
Yes, add a Senior Forum to the existing Retirement Forum. 41 49.40%
No, the present Retirement Forum covers the ground just fine. 42 50.60%
Voters: 83. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 08-29-2011, 10:21 AM
 
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Well, truth be known, usually I just refer to myself as an old fart or a geezer.

That's adorable. Did you post for that sign? It looks just like you
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Old 08-29-2011, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Central Maine
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Happy in Wyoming and NewEnglandGirl have raised the excellent point that the name "Retirement Forum" excludes older people who have not yet retired.
I don't see it that way at all. To me, an important element of the Retirement forum is that it serves to provide information to individuals about retirement prior to their retirement, in much the same manner as the geographic forums provide information to those interested in visiting or moving to those areas.

I can see a Senior subforum under the Health and Wellness Forum, where people could go to find information on health issues as they pertain specifically to seniors. But a Senior Forum in addition to a Retirement Forum? No.

Renaming the forum is a better solution, IMHO. Here's what I said in April of 2010 in a previous similar thread:

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I voted no, for three reasons.

First, about the "topics of interest to Seniors can be found in one place" - good luck with that. I'm not sure that the many and varied interests of seniors can or should be pigeonholed like that; for example, relationships for seniors, music for seniors, PC vs Mac for seniors, and so on.

Second, although I'm retired, I don't consider myself a senior - I'm 57. But I am retired, as is my wife, and I visit this forum often.

Third, in searching this forum, I see many threads/posts that deal with the issues listed above. Would having a separate forum or retirement sub-forum mean that a person would have to check both forums? Wouldn't this lead to a lot of duplicate threads, with people not knowing which forum to use for which topic?

Suggestion: would the same goal be reached by keeping just one forum, but re-naming it something like "Retirement / Senior Living"?
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Old 08-29-2011, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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I can see a Senior subforum under the Health and Wellness Forum, where people could go to find information on health issues as they pertain specifically to seniors. But a Senior Forum in addition to a Retirement Forum? No.
There are many, many more senior issues than health issues! Please don't even consider this idea.
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Old 08-29-2011, 02:05 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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Thanks for posting the photo of yourself
You're welcome. That was some time ago. I'm taller now!

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That's adorable. Did you post for that sign? It looks just like you
But I've lot a lot of weight since then.

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Old 08-29-2011, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Central Maine
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There are many, many more senior issues than health issues! Please don't even consider this idea.
That's not what I said.

"I can see a Senior subforum under the Health and Wellness Forum, where people could go to find information on health issues as they pertain specifically to seniors."

And that *may* have some appeal to some people. There is, after all, a separate specialty under internal medicine just for the health care and health issues of seniors.

But I see no reason to have a Seniors forum AND a Retirement forum. My first preference would be to leave the Retirement forum as is, and not create an additional forum for seniors; my second preference would be renaming the Retirement forum to include the word "seniors."
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Old 08-29-2011, 02:34 PM
 
Location: Boca Raton, FL
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Smile Aren't you only 64 or so?

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You're welcome. That was some time ago. I'm taller now!



But I've lot a lot of weight since then.
I would never classify someone at age 64 as a geezer. Ewww.....
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Old 08-29-2011, 02:45 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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That's not what I said.

"I can see a Senior subforum under the Health and Wellness Forum, where people could go to find information on health issues as they pertain specifically to seniors."

And that *may* have some appeal to some people. There is, after all, a separate specialty under internal medicine just for the health care and health issues of seniors.

But I see no reason to have a Seniors forum AND a Retirement forum. My first preference would be to leave the Retirement forum as is, and not create an additional forum for seniors; my second preference would be renaming the Retirement forum to include the word "seniors."
A person seeking a Forum on senior issues may have absolutely no idea it would appear under "health and wellness." If I'm looking for info on senior retirement communities, or property tax breaks for seniors, the last place I would ever look would be there.

The only subform related to seniors that would naturally appear in "health and wellness" is "Senior health and wellness." Yes that does have some merit, but what with different Senior forums an awful lot of us are going to spend a long time on CD each day searching out our interests. Fifteen min. a day is enough for me..
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Old 08-29-2011, 03:30 PM
 
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I don't know about this. Let's not over think this thing. Personally, I read and post on probably 8 or 10 forums in the city-data forum area. I look for, or find what I am interested in. So, is the slicing and dicing, not to mention pigeon-holing, really necessary?

Just as a matter of truth-in-posting; the retirement forum is my favorite and most participated in, even though I have a couple of years yet to go, before passing over that threshold. I can relate already, gives me pause to think, and helps me to prepare.

But, whatever!?
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Old 08-29-2011, 05:04 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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Ya know. Maybe we should have a separate forum for seniors; those who meet federal guidelines under the Older Americans Act of 60 or older. Better yet, 62 and above and drawing Social Security. Best of all, 65 or older and receiving Medicare.

But in order to post you first have to have surrendered your driver's license.
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Old 08-29-2011, 05:22 PM
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Location: Cody, WY
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The present forum should be renamed Over 60. There could be a subforum named Retirement.

Senior connotes age and infirmity to most people.
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