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Old 02-11-2013, 03:51 PM   #1
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Make believe you are age 70+...

What do you think you'll be doing? Not trying to guess what the world will be like, but in todays' terms, what do you think your life will be like under these circumstances:
1. You have reasonable health.
2. Your best planning works out, and you have what you expect... in terms of money and security.

Not to lead you in future thinking, but to imaginate some aging, and facing realities of some slowdown. What will your life be like?

Some thoughts:
Where will you be living? North, south, rural, suburban, urban... and Warm, cold... or in between?

Your house/apartment or maybe RV? Big, small, old, new, upgraded... or maybe still undecided about the coming 15 to 20 years?

Upkeep? Lawn, garden, repairs, maintenance... Outsource? Self? Provided by community? Condo etc?

Travel? World?, Local? Cruise? Investigate... Parks/History/Theater... Car, Tours, RV? And how much of this travel? Weekly, Monthly, a few times a year, or maybe never?

Time spent thinking about money? This is tricky...

Involvement with Family? Kids? Relatives? Live close? Visit? They visit you?

Social Life... You really have to think about this. Social groups? Church? Neighborhood? Community... like community living, or volunteer groups?

Physical... planned exercise regimen? sports... golf, biking, swimming, softball... or normal every day activities of shopping, chores, working around the house.

Sleep... This may sound funny, but how long would you expect to sleep? Would you expect daily naps?

Hobbies? Fill in the blanks..._______ ________ ________

Passive entertainment... TV... blogging, cards, ?

No... not a questionnaire just a mental exercise to imagine the difference between ages 30, 40, 50 and 60... and the 70's...

Preparing for the money part is just the first step...

Life is short, but good!
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You left out sex.
Never, but I figure it's somewhere between hobbies and passive entertainment...

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Since I am 64, that is not too far away. My hopes dreams, and plans are that my life will be just the same as it is now, for the most part.

Specifically, I have no plans to travel, run marathons, climb mountains or whatever, from here on out. My gym is great and there is a great set of people in their 70's and 80's who attend, who are so nice that they are nearly National Treasures. I have no reason to change hobbies, sleep patterns, entertainment, and so on.

I might have some bathroom mods done, to make it more elderly-friendly (from grab bars to wheelchair accessibility, and more).

I might eventually give up and hire a housekeeper. I do prefer my privacy, as long as that is possible. I already have a lawn guy.

Eventually, my beloved F and I are thinking of possibly moving into two sides of a duplex, so that we can more easily check on one another as we age. We might even have an inside door installed between the two sides. He is 6 years younger than me, though, and I am still doing pretty well so I am thinking that all this might be closer to 80 for me than 70. No need to rush things....

At that time, I will probably quit driving. I can hitch a ride with him, walk, or go places by cab.
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Only 11 years away for me. Hopefully I won't be pushing up daisies.

If I'm still kicking, I doubt much will be different. Playing golf and living in the same area. Might own a 2nd home or condo on the AL coast, but that is doubtful. Will probably just rent. I do plan to do a lot more traveling as the years go by. Got some care giving responsibilities for now, but when that is no longer the case I do plan to increase the travel budget. Oh yes, I plan to sell my house and my mom's home and move to a better neighborhood. That will probably happen over the next few years. And will probably buy an SPIA to go along with SS and put the balance of the portfolio on auto pilot. Can't totally forget about it, but don't want to be stressing out over it in my 70+ years.
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I'll bite... I'm 51... so 19 years away...

Where will you be living? North, south, rural, suburban, urban... and Warm, cold... or in between?
Same house I'm in now... or perhaps the granny flat we built for my in-laws... It's a 1 bedroom, handicap accessible house on the back part of our lot. It has gorgeous sunsets on the front patio.

Your house/apartment or maybe RV? Big, small, old, new, upgraded... or maybe still undecided about the coming 15 to 20 years?
See above - living in either our main house or granny flat. Might have a boat as well and be splitting time between boat and granny flat. Or a small apartment in Italy - splitting time between Italy and the granny flat. If we're living in the granny flat - we'll be collecting rent from the main house... or vice versa.

Upkeep? Lawn, garden, repairs, maintenance... Outsource? Self? Provided by community? Condo etc? We'll be doing what we can ourselves... and hiring out what we don't want to deal with. We have zero scaped most of our yard, with lots of fruit trees as well... so less lawn to mow.

Travel? World?, Local? Cruise? Investigate... Parks/History/Theater... Car, Tours, RV? And how much of this travel? Weekly, Monthly, a few times a year, or maybe never?
Hopefully still "slow travelling". Where we go someplace, rent an apartment, and live like a local for a few weeks. Won't be tied to school schedule or work schedule... so more options for good bargain travel.

Time spent thinking about money? This is tricky...
Involvement with Family? Kids? Relatives? Live close? Visit? They visit you?

Hopefully our boys will be fully launched and maybe even married. Since my oldest has informed me he's never moving out I suspect they won't fly far. (Although I'm trying to dissuade him of this idea - and his teen years will likely make him WANT to move out.)

Social Life... You really have to think about this. Social groups? Church? Neighborhood? Community... like community living, or volunteer groups? Probably similar to now - know the neighbors - especially the walkers/dog walkers... It's a very friendly neighborhood. I'm not social enough to want more than that.

Physical... planned exercise regimen? sports... golf, biking, swimming, softball... or normal every day activities of shopping, chores, working around the house. See above. When I retire I hope to bike to errands I currently drive to...

Sleep... This may sound funny, but how long would you expect to sleep? Would you expect daily naps? My husband aims for daily naps now. (and he still works)... I'm not a napper, so I doubt that will change.
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A little more than 12 years away, but I'll take a wag:

Where will you be living? North, south, rural, suburban, urban... and Warm, cold... or in between? Your house/apartment or maybe RV? Big, small, old, new, upgraded... or maybe still undecided about the coming 15 to 20 years? ----Probably same places - house outside Chicago & condo outside Phoenix. Plans are to downsize sometime mid to late 70's

Upkeep? Lawn, garden, repairs, maintenance... Outsource? Self? Provided by community? Condo etc? -----I'll do upkeep, lawn, etc on house as long as I can.

Travel? World?, Local? Cruise? Investigate... Parks/History/Theater... Car, Tours, RV? And how much of this travel? Weekly, Monthly, a few times a year, or maybe never?----Frequent travel - monthly (no cruise), some local, some far, some by car, some by air.

Time spent thinking about money? This is tricky... ----Very little I hope

Involvement with Family? Kids? Relatives? Live close? Visit? They visit you? -----No kids, we'll visit with DW's siblings occasionally

Social Life... You really have to think about this. Social groups? Church? Neighborhood? Community... like community living, or volunteer groups? ---- Go out with friends, but minimal social life otherwise

Physical... planned exercise regimen? sports... golf, biking, swimming, softball... or normal every day activities of shopping, chores, working around the house. hiking, biking, weights, working out in the yard, maybe running if my joints hold up.

Sleep... This may sound funny, but how long would you expect to sleep? Would you expect daily naps? ------ Probably 10-11 hrs a day to include a nap or 2

Hobbies? Fill in the blanks...------woodworking, travel

Passive entertainment... TV... blogging, cards, ? ---- lots of TV and surfing on computer
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Upkeep? By then, will probably need to spend 6 hours a day in the gym just to keep the derriere from collapsing!

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[QUOTE

Not yet 70 but it is close enough to see it even without my glasses.

Some thoughts:
Where will you be living? North, south, rural, suburban, urban... and Warm, cold... or in between? north 6 months; south 6 months

Your house/apartment or maybe RV? Big, small, old, new, upgraded... or maybe still undecided about the coming 15 to 20 years? houses (small)

Upkeep? Lawn, garden, repairs, maintenance... Outsource? Self? Provided by community? Condo etc? I will continue (trying) to do it all until it is time to push up daisies

Travel? World?, Local? Cruise? Investigate... Parks/History/Theater... Car, Tours, RV? And how much of this travel? Weekly, Monthly, a few times a year, or maybe never? DW and I drove around the US this last fall; early this summer we will drive and camp the AlCan; will do the cruises when we are much older (Alaskan inland passage is on our list)

Time spent thinking about money? This is tricky... adequate amount; have no serious concerns, but do not want any nasty surprises

Involvement with Family? Kids? Relatives? Live close? Visit? They visit you? we make the rounds; they make the rounds. My parents are close to the century mark so they do not stray to far from their house. DWs parents are in their early 90s and will prpbably be hanging up their traveling shoes in the near future.

Social Life... You really have to think about this. Social groups? Church? Neighborhood? Community... like community living, or volunteer groups? volunteer and social groups

Physical... planned exercise regimen? sports... golf, biking, swimming, softball... or normal every day activities of shopping, chores, working around the house. should be doing more physical exercise (as HaHa said)

Sleep... This may sound funny, but how long would you expect to sleep? Would you expect daily naps? 8 hours; no naps

Hobbies? Fill in the blanks...me - maintenance; building things; hot rods;__DW - quilting; painting; drawing_____ ________ ________

Passive entertainment... TV... blogging, cards, ?

No... not a questionnaire just a mental exercise to imagine the difference between ages 30, 40, 50 and 60... and the 70's...

Preparing for the money part is just the first step...

Life is short, but good![/QUOTE]

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Upkeep? By then, will probably need to spend 6 hours a day in the gym just to keep the derriere from collapsing!

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Gravity is not kind...that's for sure. If I didn't exercise, the thought of the way my derriere would look makes me want to gouge my eyes out. Butt But, at least it will be behind me.

I'll be 70 in fifteen years. I really can't get my head wrapped around that right now. However, in a couple of years we'll be buying a new vehicle. Said vehicle should fit our needs when we're in our late 60s as we usually keep a car for ten years. We're considering something like a CR-V...we want to have enough room to take our Hoverounds with us...
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Also, not yet 70. I have 21 years to get there.

Some thoughts:
Where will you be living? North, south, rural, suburban, urban... and Warm, cold... or in between? My DW and I plan to be right here in the upstate of South Carolina. Living in the house we built in the woods.

Your house/apartment or maybe RV? We may do some upgrades to make the house more forgiving to the aged. I am not opposed to installing a stair traveler to allow us access to the work shop, and quilt room if needed.

Upkeep? Lawn, garden, repairs, maintenance... Outsource? Self? Provided by community? Condo etc? We will continue this activity as long as feasible. After that, we will look into a landscape service.

Travel? World?, Local? Cruise? Investigate... Parks/History/Theater... Car, Tours, RV? And how much of this travel? Weekly, Monthly, a few times a year, or maybe never? We will travel. No real plans. Every time we think of traveling, we realize that we are in a place most people travel to. So why leave?

Time spent thinking about money? By the time we are 70, (God willing) we will be concerned about how much we will be gifting to the next generation. Because our investment plan has been so succesful

Involvement with Family? Kids? Relatives? Live close? Visit? They visit you? All of our family is living within 30 minutes of us (they moved in after we relocated to SC). We hope to be attending graduations, swim meets, recitals, family dinners, and events.

Social Life... You really have to think about this. Social groups? Church? Neighborhood? We will still be active in our church, and our community (I hope, by 70, to be off the HOA board by then, long story). I will still be leading bird programs for the community.

Physical... planned exercise regimen? I plan to continue riding my bike until it is physically impossible. My idol is an 84 year old man that still rides his bike across Iowa every summer. When I grow up, I want to be like him.

Sleep... This may sound funny, but how long would you expect to sleep? Would you expect daily naps? 8 hours; naps whenever I can fit them in.

Hobbies? Me, cycling, bird study, yard work, computer surfing. DW quilting, reading, gardening.

Passive entertainment... ESPN TV, surfing the web, reading.

Thanks for the interesting thought exercise!
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Sorry, I meant to sat 11 years to get there. A Freudian slip I believe.
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70? That's 14 years away, an eye blink really. We will be older, our children also older. If our health holds up, probably not many changes, other than losing a few more older relatives and friends. Still have our current 2 homes, most likely, and hopefully can still drive back/forth between them.

Probably slow down even more, meaning less travel and RV'ing. More time on the rocking chair on the rear deck overlooking the back hill, and in the twilight of dusk still listening to "Petite Fleur", which still makes my eyes moist.

J'ai caché, mieux que partout ailleurs, / I hid, better than anywhere else
Au jardin de mon cśur, une petite fleur, / In the garden of my heart, a little flower
Cette fleur, plus jolie qu'un bouquet, / This flower, more beautiful than a bouquet
Elle garde, en secret, / It keeps in secret
Tout mes ręves d'enfant, / All my childhood dreams
L'amour de mes parents, / The love of my parents
Et tout ces clairs matins, / And all those clear mornings
Fait d'heureux souvenirs, lointains, / Made of happy memories, long time ago



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Are the pictures of Danielle Darrieux from the war years? Lovely voice,song, and delivery; and a beautiful woman with haunting eyes.

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No... not a questionnaire just a mental exercise to imagine the difference between ages 30, 40, 50 and 60... and the 70's...

Preparing for the money part is just the first step...

Life is short, but good!
I have noticed very little change from say 50 to my present age >70. Only thing is arthritis in one hip, which is not nothing but also not a big deal; and had I been more careful as a young man I very likely would not have it at all.

I fantasize about money almost never, but since I invest in individual securities I do spend a lot of time at it. And really, I can't think of a more engaging way to spend time. To me, retirement is mainly about freedom from much of the power of others. One cannot fully escape the power of others- just consider our files of records and forms filled out and directions carefully read. It sucks, but only way around it is to join the underclass.

Finding new and different ways of entertaining myself is not particularly important, in fact I really am not interested in it at all.

Any big changes that might come along will be involuntary, as I am happy with things as they are.

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Are the pictures of Danielle Darrieux from the war years? Lovely voice,song, and delivery; and a beautiful woman with haunting eyes.

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I knew of and fell in love with "Petite Fleur", a composition originally without lyrics by Sidney Bechet who was a musician from New Orleans, long before I learned of Danielle Yvonne Marie Antoinette Darrieux, who was born in 1917 and is still alive. She is before my time, and I have not watched any movie of hers.
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I knew of and fell in love with "Petite Fleur", a composition originally without lyrics by Sidney Bechet who was a musician from New Orleans, long before I learned of Danielle Yvonne Marie Antoinette Darrieux, who was born in 1917 and is still alive. She is before my time, and I have not watched any movie of hers.
I was wild about Sidney Bechet back in the 50s and 60s. As I remember, he played soprano sax and clarinet of course.

Danielle would have been early to mid twenties during the occupation of France, and that is what her hairstyle and makeup suggest. Thanks for the info, and for linking this music.

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