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Old 07-23-2016, 10:11 PM   #61
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...we "do" what we want... not what's expected or "normal"...

Still just a couple of years into my sixth decade, but ^^^^...

A benefit of being FIRED, and, ahem, more mature!
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Anyone else worried about the big 60?
Nope, I'm 68 by now.

It has been an adjustment, I must admit. Especially the past two years I have experienced quite a bit of aging for some reason.

I still love every day of my life, though. Aging is going to happen to all of us at some point, if we are lucky and survive long enough. Instead of getting bummed out about aging, I have been thinking lots to make sure my environment is well prepared for the further physical decline I will likely experience in my 70's and 80's if I am lucky enough to live that long.

I guess I am always planning something. Now that I am retired and my retirement plans have been working out nicely, I am busily planning for old age. I don't know if all this planning is due to being an INTJ, or if it is just my nature, or what.
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60? Kid stuff.
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60? Kid stuff.


Yeah!! At 60 I was still working. Luckily, nothing momentous happened when I turned 60. It was pretty much the same as being 59.
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Yeah!! At 60 I was still working. Luckily, nothing momentous happened when I turned 60. It was pretty much the same as being 59.
Exactly the same for me and now at 72, I can't recall 70 even being a big deal.
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Luckily, nothing momentous happened when I turned 60. It was pretty much the same as being 59.
I retired at 60, after delaying it for 5 years owing to a late in life divorce. Took 5 years to rebuild the equity lost. I would call it momentous. But I considered 50 to be more of an event.

The good news is that the 14 years since have been uneventful until 2 years ago. My advice is to make hay while the sun shines. Overspend because later it may not be possible.
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Exactly the same for me and now at 72, I can't recall 70 even being a big deal.
Oh good!!! That's encouraging to read. I have been dreading that one which is coming up in 2 years.
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I retired at 60, after delaying it for 5 years owing to a late in life divorce. Took 5 years to rebuild the equity lost. I would call it momentous. But I considered 50 to be more of an event.

The good news is that the 14 years since have been uneventful until 2 years ago. My advice is to make hay while the sun shines. Overspend because later it may not be possible.
Good advice for all of us.
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But I considered 50 to be more of an event.
For me, turning 30 was, and will likely always be, my OMG birthday......went out for a few drinks with my then wife and a friend and figuratively wailed "What's going to become of me?"
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I just turned 62 and although I exercise daily, etc have found that in the last 2 years I am having some balance problems also. I used to fast walk the dog but tripped on a uneven sidewalk so now walk slower, etc. I am still walking daily of course but after numerous problems took some tests and am waiting to see a neurologist. He is booked until middle of SEpt. I ignored it for 2 years but don't feel like I can ignore it anymore. So for now just plan on keep plugging along since none of us can predict the future. Good luck)
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I just turned 62 and although I exercise daily, etc have found that in the last 2 years I am having some balance problems also. I used to fast walk the dog but tripped on a uneven sidewalk so now walk slower, etc. I am still walking daily of course but after numerous problems took some tests and am waiting to see a neurologist. He is booked until middle of SEpt. I ignored it for 2 years but don't feel like I can ignore it anymore. So for now just plan on keep plugging along since none of us can predict the future. Good luck)
Sorry to read about your balance problems! Tripping and falling are scary. I had an awful time with uneven sidewalks, and falls in general, until I finally gave in and had cataract surgery last year. I had no idea that substandard vision was such a big factor in my falls, as it was. Have hardly fallen at all since. . I hope you have a similarly good outcome after seeing the neurologist.
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I just turned 62 and although I exercise daily, etc have found that in the last 2 years I am having some balance problems also. I used to fast walk the dog but tripped on a uneven sidewalk so now walk slower, etc. I am still walking daily of course but after numerous problems took some tests and am waiting to see a neurologist. He is booked until middle of SEpt. I ignored it for 2 years but don't feel like I can ignore it anymore. So for now just plan on keep plugging along since none of us can predict the future. Good luck)
I'm glad you are seeing a neurologist. Mine fixed dizzy! It took a while but after a year of sickness it was well worth it. I seriously could have been housebound with the dizziness it was that extreme. Best wishes.
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W2R: I wish it was that simple. I am also having some other neuro symptoms but my family doc said it could be a few simple, small problems instead of one big one so hoping for that. I do have cataracts but they don't appear to be that bad. However, if they don't find anything I will explore that area. Thanks for the info!
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My advice is to make hay while the sun shines. Overspend because later it may not be possible.
+1.

They are a lot of people who subscribe to the "spending more won't increase my happiness" theory and they continue to be careful with their spending in retirement. Not here. We subscribe to the theory of flying first class, eating at nice restaurants and spending around 5% to 6% of our portfolio NOW (3.5% to 4.5% after SS) because we may not be able to do it LATER. We fund both of our kids' annual Roth accounts as our way of helping them now and if there's money left after we die they'll split it.
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60 is far in the rear view mirror. Turning 70 in three months and looking forward to more spending with SS beginning. Just took up bicycling and have done several 10 to 15 mile trips. Sitting in a beer joint after last week's ride, a fellow sitting next to us was amazed that we completed a certain off road trip on a hybrid bike. We did not know any better. Keeping busy thee days with golf/beer, hiking/beer, biking/beer and fishing/beer. i will not take up another hobby unless there is beer involved.
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