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Old Yesterday, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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3 out of 4 grandparents all lived into their mid-90s.

My parents lived into their mid-90s.

I expect to live to at least 95.

So by that rationale, I expect to be retired on pension for 53 years.
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Old Yesterday, 11:16 AM
 
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This grand obsession with long-life is odd, incomprehensible to me. Really, are we all so blissfully serene, so fond of life, so much agog over the novelty and entertainments, the photo-ops on cruises, river-banks and city squares, with fulsome smiles and bucket-lists fulfilled?

Financially I plan for infinite retirement, not for any lust for immortality, but to maximally arrange matters, that my consumption always trails the portfolio’s growth. Whether this is realizable is of course a matter of debate.
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Old Yesterday, 11:18 AM
 
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How long do you expect to be alive in retirement?
The best current estimate is about 42 years in total. I started early.

If you expect to live a long time in retirement and will be full of health and vigor how does this impact your bucket list? Will you postpone some of your bucket list because you expect to be able to do many of these things in 20-30 years?[/quote]

I don't have a bucket list. I do stuff I want to do.
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Old Yesterday, 11:26 AM
 
Location: Loudon, TN
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Well, my goal is to live 33 years (or more) in retirement. And I didn't pick that number out of a hat. I worked for Uncle Sam for 33 years, and retired when I was 55. I'd like to have as many years in retirement as I did working for that retirement.

Financially, we should be okay. Both my wife and I have good pensions. We saved, made reasonably good decisions along the way, our health is good (knock on wood), and while we should exercise more, neither of us smokes nor drinks, and that helps our overall life expectancy.

But really, if I could influence either the quantity or quality of the years I have left, I'd go with quality. Let me have good years; let me and my wife enjoy reasonably good health up to the end; and let us go quickly, without fuss, and with no regrets.
Amen to that!

According to the SS prediction, I'll live to 86. So that would be 35 years of retirement. I'm in better health than I ought to be probably, so I hope it will be mostly good years. DH is very healthy, despite a diagnosis that portends some issues at some point. As long as things stay in their current indolent phase, he could make it to 85 or even 90. His mom passed at 91, but was in sort of mid-level dementia. My mom died at 65, primarily due to the effects of smoking and untreated diabetes. Bio-dad is still going at 78, but with bad OA.
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Old Yesterday, 12:05 PM
 
Location: NC Piedmont
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Has the great philosopher Jimmy Buffet been quoted in this thread yet?

"I'd rather die while I'm living than live while I'm dead."

Last edited by ReachTheBeach; Yesterday at 01:02 PM..
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Old Yesterday, 12:11 PM
 
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But really, if I could influence either the quantity or quality of the years I have left, I'd go with quality. Let me have good years; let me and my wife enjoy reasonably good health up to the end; and let us go quickly, without fuss, and with no regrets.
Great post! This is the bottom line for me: quality vs quantity. Good health as long as it lasts, and at the end, make it fast. When our number comes up, it comes up, so do all the things you can while your health is good and as you said, have no regrets at the end.
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Old Yesterday, 12:22 PM
 
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This grand obsession with long-life is odd, incomprehensible to me. Really, are we all so blissfully serene, so fond of life, so much agog over the novelty and entertainments, the photo-ops on cruises, river-banks and city squares, with fulsome smiles and bucket-lists fulfilled?

Financially I plan for infinite retirement, not for any lust for immortality, but to maximally arrange matters, that my consumption always trails the portfolio’s growth. Whether this is realizable is of course a matter of debate.
I find it odd too. I think it’s either fear or denial. It certainly isn’t rational thought.
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Old Yesterday, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Houston
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I hope to drop dead playing basketball at 80
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Old Yesterday, 04:02 PM
 
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Probably longer than I can afford to.
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Old Yesterday, 04:29 PM
 
Location: delaware
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I'm 76 and have been retired since I was 61. I have no great desire to live to be really old- late 80s+. If I have 10 or so more years that is probably enough or me. I've had a fortunate life in many ways- wonderful childhood, good marriage, a satisfying relationship with significant other for the last 15+ years, and enough money to have a few- not a lot- of options and choices. Growing very old is about more losses, and , if a choice, not what I want .


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