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Old 09-02-2019, 12:01 AM
 
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Old 09-02-2019, 11:19 AM
 
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We retired early, began collecting SS. Spouse was healthy full of energy, travelled, led an active lifestyle....spouse was diagnosed with aggressive cancer and passed within 1.5 months. My advice? Retire early and enjoy every day. You never know what will happen tomorrow. Had we waited until full retirement for SS, we wouldn't have enjoyed some of the best years of our lives. Friends who waited to retire found that when they did, they were physically and medically unable to fulfill their retirement plans.
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Old 09-02-2019, 12:10 PM
 
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Oh good grief OP, we never know when our time is up.
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Old 09-03-2019, 02:36 PM
 
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I retired early. No regrets. I am still going strong and in great health. Doing fun things sure beats sitting in a pressure filled office and slaving away at a job. Now there is no pressure. Just fun stuff to do, peace and quiet and serenity.
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Old 09-03-2019, 02:57 PM
 
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We retired early, began collecting SS. Spouse was healthy full of energy, travelled, led an active lifestyle....spouse was diagnosed with aggressive cancer and passed within 1.5 months. My advice? Retire early and enjoy every day. You never know what will happen tomorrow. Had we waited until full retirement for SS, we wouldn't have enjoyed some of the best years of our lives. Friends who waited to retire found that when they did, they were physically and medically unable to fulfill their retirement plans.
Sorry for your loss. Agree 100% with what you said. Glad you got to enjoy those days.
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Old Yesterday, 05:59 AM
 
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I retired healthy and early and died shortly there after. Thus I am not available for comment on this topic. I will leave it to the living.
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Old Today, 07:40 AM
 
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Oh good grief OP, we never know when our time is up.
No we never know but one thing is for certain. The older you are the more likely your time will be up sooner than later and the more likely you will be medicated to some extent due ailments you didn't have when younger.
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Old Today, 08:25 AM
 
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This does not worry me at all. Well dieing does but not because of retirement. I love retirement.

I wonder if this study was men. Women in marriages still work, laundry, shopping, cooking cleaning for one regardless of retirement. They are more likely to be engaged full on in grand kids. Men on the other hand need something else. I can see some of them having trouble. My brother in law though has been retired quite a while and he was a cop. He takes all that...whatever...out on the 20 acres. Cutting all the habitat trees, shrubs etc. down little by little, turning it into a golf course and bitching about having to mow the whole time.

Course then there are all the so called studies about living alone, lonliness and how it will kill you. That's why there aren't any old people living alone and nursing homes are empty.
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Old Today, 11:01 AM
 
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My husband retired at 58. He's now 72 and he just finished taking down our hurricane shutters. Walks 18 holes and shows no signs of dying soon.
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Old Today, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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People often retire early because they have health problems that will kill them. A diabetic who has had multiple amputations will have a tough time holding a job, so early SS may be a path to survival. The survival may not last long.

People who retire in their 50s often have minimal health care. I know sick and retired young people, and the difficulty they have getting a doctor's appointment is shocking. Not long ago I saw a study of Salem, Oregon. People in upper class neighborhoods lived an average of 10 years longer than people in poor neighborhoods.
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