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Old 03-07-2008, 05:51 AM
 
Location: New Orleans Louisiana
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I just got my first retirement check from SS. Did you know that the average person dies 6 months after they retire.
Wow congratulations....You are one of the first baby boomers...Such a sad statistic about the number of people who make it to retirement and pass away...we need to do something about that for sure..
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Old 03-10-2008, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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Plan like you are going to live forever and live like you are going to die tomorrow. I just got my first retirement check from SS. Did you know that the average person dies 6 months after they retire. No I don't want to know exactly when it is going to happen. I just live each day and enjoy it for what it is.
"the average person dies 6 months after they retire." Now that's scary! I wonder why?

"Plan like you are going to live forever and live like you are going to die tomorrow." Good words to live by if you can afford to do both. We cannot, unfortunately, so we just save and invest for our future. Our retirement goal is not so much to have a ton of fun anyway as it is to just not be a burden to our family. We realize that without immediate healthcare and insurance reform, one catastrophic illness could wipe us out. We do our best to prepare for it and then hope it doesn't happen.

If one of us learned we only had a short time to live, I'm sure we would try to arrange a short inexpensive vacation though, health permitting. But it wouldn't be fair to drain our finances and leave the survivor in dire straits. Personally, I would just content myself with spending more quality time with the family here and getting my affairs in order. My beliefs cause me to view death as a new beginning rather than an end anyway, so I believe good times are ahead no matter what.
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Old 03-10-2008, 08:48 PM
 
Location: Boca Raton, FL
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Smile Dealing with the end

My husband and I did see The Bucket List. I willl not spoil the ending for anyone but it does make you think.

I have lost my father at 72 (year 2000) and my MIL at 76 (in 2004). My dad had some heart problems but a clear mind but went peacefully. Such a serene story but we all feel at peace with it. My MIL had Alzheimers since she was 68. It was so heartbreaking to see her and this meticulous woman, so careful with writing notes and organization, just lost her mind over time. So, we have my mom - age 87 (year 2008) and my FIL (age 85 - terrific health - never goes to doctors, never uses medication!) - my mother has Alzheimers. I have the financial care of my parents for years so it's been really, really hard dealing.

My husband and I are trying to pray daily - we've just had some bad business news and are trying to work through that. Our emotions are overloaded now but it's nice to be on this website and read what others go through - it makes you feel not so alone.

Thanks for listening!!

(PS - I'm glad I did not know when my dad was going to go or my MIL but I will always cherish all the times my parents, in laws, my husband and myself and our children were all together at the holidays).
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Old 03-14-2008, 07:28 PM
 
Location: New Orleans Louisiana
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Thanks to everyone that took the time to post.
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Old 03-15-2008, 11:42 AM
 
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Yes ;my wife has a fixed anunity for life with COL and investments.She also has credit of her own and know about all investments etc.if I die or she dies the other will see no financial diference when you take into account employer life insurance.
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