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Old 07-16-2016, 07:47 PM   #21
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I just turned 78. I lost my wife of 30 years when I was 67. I was blessed to find a lady who shared my love of travel. We were married when I was 69. "Come grow old with me, the best is yet to be"-Browning
In our time together, we have been on 45 trips including 15 cruises. In fact, we were married in Santorini, Greece while on a cruise.
My wife's bucket list is just about complete, but there are still things we want to do.
I am looking to join the Octogenarian Pilots Association in 2 years
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61 here. I was looking at a chart comparing average age at death for various countries. Only one country (I forget which) had a male living to age 80, all the rest were 79 or below. It got me thinking if I'm average, that means only adding the "7" to first digit of my age in the future. No "8" "9" or "10's". Just got to make the best of what we have left. My DW's parents died at 36 and 48, one of cancer and one of a heart attack. She went through the same thoughts as she passed through those ages, wondering if she'd follow them at an earlier age - she's 64 now and doing good (notice I didn't say great) health wise. She walks about 6 miles a day, but it wears her out sometimes.
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Lovely wedding photo, Souschef!

I have just over a year to go before 60. Today I heard about a classmate who has just passed away. Carpe diem.
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I just turned 78. I lost my wife of 30 years when I was 67. I was blessed to find a lady who shared my love of travel. We were married when I was 69. "Come grow old with me, the best is yet to be"-Browning
In our time together, we have been on 45 trips including 15 cruises. In fact, we were married in Santorini, Greece while on a cruise.
My wife's bucket list is just about complete, but there are still things we want to do.
I am looking to join the Octogenarian Pilots Association in 2 years

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As a kid would say, I'm 61, going on 62.

I think I'm in pretty good shape compared to many my age, but I won't look that gift horse in the mouth...
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To the OP,

Three "drugs" I highly recommend:

Optimisim, powerful and effective.

Be interested in something, hobbies, grandkids, really doesn't matter, just get some.

Exercise that you can manage, and just plain keep moving. If you od on it it will likely extend your life...then you got something to worry about.

As to me, 60 is five years back, got some chronic diseases, my wife will get all my money, I have nothing to worry about! I'm sure she can manage to spend it
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I try to look at years like milestones. At 13 teenager, 16 driver's license, 18 vote, 21 alcoholic beverages. Now, I'm already at the senior citizen's discount age. In one year I can draw from my IRA without penalty, at 62 I can apply for social security and at 65 medicare.
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If you have spinal and balance issues, try yoga and tai chi. I have found them very helpful for both.

We've been discussing looking for a place to give it a try.


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Go Souschef!





To the OP,



Three "drugs" I highly recommend:



Optimisim, powerful and effective.



Be interested in something, hobbies, grandkids, really doesn't matter, just get some.



Exercise that you can manage, and just plain keep moving. If you od on it it will likely extend your life...then you got something to worry about.



As to me, 60 is five years back, got some chronic diseases, my wife will get all my money, I have nothing to worry about! I'm sure she can manage to spend it

Two out of three. I'm generally optimistic, but this one thing gets under my skin. No grandkids yet...can't control that.


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Retired at 60. Changed our lives completely. Sold the house, major downsize to a rental, overseas travel five months a year, much healthier diet, lost 50lbs, much more exercise. Had my first complete medical in 30 years and plan to go back every two years....DW is a nurse. They are fussy about things like that so I caved and went.

Only one regret. Should have done it at 55.

It is not the number that concerns us. It is the number of good, healthy years left. Make the most of them, they go quickly and they can end prematurely. Experiences trump possessions for us these days.
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Hit 60 last month but never really give my age much thought. Since retiring, I have more time to exercise and prepare healthy meals, and I feel like I am in better shape physically than I've ever been. Life is good (even at 60).
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I just turned 78. I lost my wife of 30 years when I was 67. I was blessed to find a lady who shared my love of travel. We were married when I was 69. "Come grow old with me, the best is yet to be"-Browning
In our time together, we have been on 45 trips including 15 cruises. In fact, we were married in Santorini, Greece while on a cruise.
My wife's bucket list is just about complete, but there are still things we want to do.
I am looking to join the Octogenarian Pilots Association in 2 years
Nice wedding photo. Looks like you two are having a great time together. Hope y'all have many more trips ahead of you.
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Nice wedding photo. Looks like you two are having a great time together. Hope y'all have many more trips ahead of you.
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I am late 60's cruising into 70 in seven months . I agree with Nemo2 bring back 60 .
I am working at it but it takes more work every year. Completed my European cycling trip this year just in case!
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I considered turning 50 to be a big deal. It wasn't.

60 was a complete non-event.

Hit 70 this year and apart from DW and some friends hitting me with a small surprise party it was only significant because of starting to collect Social Security.

Mentally, I still feel like I'm half my age. Physically, probably 75% of my age.

So far, so good!
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Hit 60 last month but never really give my age much thought. Since retiring, I have more time to exercise and prepare healthy meals, and I feel like I am in better shape physically than I've ever been. Life is good (even at 60).

My neighbor ran marathons and ate healthy. He died at 60 from an aggressive brain cancer.


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Ah, I wish I was 60! Passed that a while ago.

But I'm still enjoying life. Looking forward to the beach vacation with the family next month even though I don't much care for the beach. But it's nice to be with the family wherever that is. They're fun folks.

Just restarted a hobby of flying radio control model airplanes because the electrics are advanced enough to be more than just gliders and small enough to just step out to the back yard. And a first will be putting a camera/DVR on the airplane and making videos, which I've never done before so something new there.

I try to eat right, exercise some way every day, I've found that makes a huge difference. A guy at the gym is 83 and still going at it but he admits he got lucky in the gene pool. He looks 70.

When I read the book "What Color is Your Parachute?" decades ago one of the takeaways was the answer to the question "What were you doing when you were happiest?" For me that is when things are stable and I'm learning new things. I'm there now, so I'm happy.

Turning 60 isn't a big deal and most definitely does not mean "The End is Near". My plan is to be shot and killed at the age of 95 by a 20-year-old jealous husband.
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Well, turning 60 early next month and for the first time in getting a bit freaked out about the aging thing.
My mother passed away at 61 from cancer and while my father lived until 72, he'd had two strokes by my age.
I do have atherosclerosis though not bad enough for intervention yet. I've had spinal issues for ten years and essential tremors for the last few years. I've unexpectedly fallen twice recently while walking with. No reason I know of. I don't think I'm turning into a hypochondriac since everything but the falls have been diagnosed by specialists. Just falling apart.
Finances are no problem, and we hope to travel a lot over the next ten years, health permitting. 30, 40 or 50 didn't bother me. 60 has me worried.
Anyone else worried about the big 60?


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I can tell you are worried, but we don't come with an expiration date printed on us. You and the missus should go out on the town and celebrate your big day and then start writing the next chapter right away. I will be 66 next month--my parents died at 50 and 55 so for me, every day past 50 is a reason to celebrate. I hope you will relax and enjoy life, as your sig line states. Happy early birthday!
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Ah, the halcyon days when I was 60, (my mother died of lung cancer ~ 50, and my father passed at 67), I was cycling 50 miles a day and felt 10 years younger than my chronological age.

In two months, if I make it, I'll be 74....I'd go back to 60 in a heartbeat!


I bet my golfing partner my 86 year old neighbor would gladly take 74 in a heartbeat too! Im 52, and he enjoys talking on our rides to the courses 45 miles away, so I listen. Very interesting as he ponders death often. And oddly enough, not in a fearful way. He says he is getting more tired and worn down and is not worried about death so much as avoiding a long painful one.
Kind of interesting as my friends also in early 50s, do not ponder on such thoughts.
I find it interesting about his thoughts of the end being near; as although the ticker isnt so great, he has all his original parts, plays 18 holes 3 days a week, has all his wits, and does all his yard work. I would figure there would be more defiance instead of acceptance.


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I can tell you are worried, but we don't come with an expiration date printed on us. You and the missus should go out on the town and celebrate your big day and then start writing the next chapter right away. I will be 66 next month--my parents died at 50 and 55 so for me, every day past 50 is a reason to celebrate. I hope you will relax and enjoy life, as your sig line states. Happy early birthday!

We're headed out on a cruise with her two sisters and a brother in law. Three of us turn 60 within a month. The CEO of the cruise line is buying us a dinner In a specialty restaurant and providing a free bottle of wine. There's more to that story but I won't bore you with it. It's very nice of him to do this for us though.


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