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Old 09-22-2017, 07:56 PM
 
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I agree with Escort Rider and DubbleT that changing the name of the Retirement forum to ‘Retirement and Aging’ would be a great and beneficial change.

In ‘About the Forum’ in the 'Modify forum name to “Retirement and Aging”’ thread—>

Posted by Escort Rider on 9-18-2017 —>

It is generally known that the Retirement Forum in reality functions as an "all things senior" forum.

If the name is to be changed at all, and a name change would be MUCH better than a further confusing split of the forum, then I think the suggestion in the title of this thread ("Retirement and aging") is the best.

Agree
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Old 09-22-2017, 08:04 PM
 
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Haven't we been discussing age related issues much of our lives? We have been in a state of aging for decades and that impacts our lives and thoughts on a variety of topics.

We bring many different back packs to City-Data and what we pull out at any time in this forum is what gives it life. One poster picked up their major auto purchase today and quite a few are waiting for pics.
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Old 09-22-2017, 08:29 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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The Retirement forum should be about those who have made the transition from a working life to a retired life, or are on the verge of doing so. An Aging forum would be more appropriate as a subforum in the Health and Wellness forum or even its own forum. A lot of people have never worked for a living. They really are two separate and distinct topics.
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Old 09-22-2017, 08:50 PM
 
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The Retirement forum should be about those who have made the transition from a working life to a retired life, or are on the verge of doing so. An Aging forum would be more appropriate as a subforum in the Health and Wellness forum or even its own forum. A lot of people have never worked for a living. They really are two separate and distinct topics.
I have a very different take on it. From the time you enter the work force, you're far better off if you start working on your long term strategy for retirement. That 23-year-old in their first real job out of college stands to benefit from hearing why it's a big deal to start salting away for retirement in an investment portfolio from day #1. The older you get, the more information you need to gather to plan it properly. I took a hard look at things at age 50. I really wish I'd had a long term strategy at age 25.
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Old 09-22-2017, 08:56 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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The Retirement forum should be about those who have made the transition from a working life to a retired life, or are on the verge of doing so. An Aging forum would be more appropriate as a subforum in the Health and Wellness forum or even its own forum. A lot of people have never worked for a living. They really are two separate and distinct topics.
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I have a very different take on it. From the time you enter the work force, you're far better off if you start working on your long term strategy for retirement. That 23-year-old in their first real job out of college stands to benefit from hearing why it's a big deal to start salting away for retirement in an investment portfolio from day #1. The older you get, the more information you need to gather to plan it properly. I took a hard look at things at age 50. I really wish I'd had a long term strategy at age 25.
There is a personal finance subforum for that. Besides, this was about adding aging to the retirement forum. Young people can still look at the retirement posts and ask intelligent questions. No need to add aging to it.
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Old 09-22-2017, 08:57 PM
 
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I would like to see this forum retain an emphasis on issues pertaining to retirement and issues of interest mainly to retirees. The moderators could easily move threads that do not meet those standards but have decided not to do so. I think the age of the poster is not an issue.
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Old 09-22-2017, 09:25 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque NM
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That is very disappointing that our members are trying to close or move topics or ban certain people. I get the age discrimination but I’m not exactly sure what is meant by topic discrimination or what type of people are considered to not belong. There are a few who have some sort of personal agenda to voice or they change the topic of an interesting thread to suit their purposes and then totally dominate it. Usually, they are not our regular contributors and they eventually get bored and go away. I get annoyed when a good thread goes awry but I certainly don’t complain to the Moderators or try to ban anyone.

And I cringe when someone complains that Serious Conversation should not be posting because of his age or comments that a thread is off topic and should be moved or complains because someone got a little political. This smacks of censorship. Often there is a good reason for posting a seemingly off topic thread in Retirement as the OP wants a senior perspective on the issue or the topic impacts seniors in a unique way.

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Compared with some other retirement forums, this one does seem to have more of a cross, discontented vibe. That is just my observation, and may not be other people's.
A couple of people in another retirement forum recently had a similar observation. But there are only a few retirement forums out there and most focus on financial matters and attract a wealthier crowd of mostly men. If you are well off, you generally have less reason to be discontent. This retirement forum is different because it is much broader in scope, crosses different economic classes, and there are many women participants who are more open in discussing their problems than men. And growing old with mounting health problems and diminishing funds is not pleasant. However, over the last few years I have noticed that there is less politeness and more nasty comments on this forum – sometimes personal attacks that are disturbing and unpleasant. I've seen it both from older seniors and those preparing for retirement and I'm not sure what to make of it.
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Old 09-22-2017, 09:25 PM
 
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My suggestion is that people try to get over their literal-mindedness in adhering narrowly to "retirement" as a topic. Ever since I've been here (since 2010) this forum has doubled as an "all things senior" forum; after all, there is no other City-Data forum which covers that terrain
But if it's going to be an 'all things senior" forum, then the title of the forum should be more accurate and reflective of reality. Why NOT call it "retirement and aging?" What's the big deal? Just tweak the title of the forum. "Retirement" would still be in the title. The truth of the matter is many (if not most) posts are NOT about retirement. IF the title of the forum said "retirement and aging" then those post would NOT BE off topic, and would be less likely TO BE reported. Problem solved.

Is anyone actually resistant to the title change?
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Old 09-22-2017, 09:47 PM
 
Location: Western MA
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Wow, this is a little depressing. While I am not young at 55, I am fully employed and (hopefully) still about 10 years away from leaving the work force. However, I am am looking forward to retirement and am also concerned about being forced into it before I am financially ready. I am at a stage where I am constantly reviewing and evaluating my retirement savings and financial situation, but also my lifestyle, location and what retirement is going to look like for me/what I want it to be. I don't post here often, but would like to feel as if I would be welcome to do so. Now I'm not so sure.

To be honest, I wish I had started thinking about retirement earlier. A welcoming retirement forum would have been a great thing to have access to, when I was younger. JMO.
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Old 09-22-2017, 09:55 PM
 
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. I am at a stage where I am constantly reviewing and evaluating my retirement savings and financial situation, but also my lifestyle, location and what retirement is going to look like for me/what I want it to be. I don't post here often, but would like to feel as if I would be welcome to do so. Now I'm not so sure.

To be honest, I wish I had started thinking about retirement earlier. A welcoming retirement forum would have been a great thing to have access to, when I was younger. JMO.
People sometimes say unfortunate things in some of the forums. And in 'About the Forum' too.

You are certainly welcome to post in Retirement forum! The more people who post, the better! - it gives more interesting things to talk about.

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