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Old 05-01-2011, 07:33 PM   #41
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I plan for 80 or having someone change my diapers. Whichever comes first. I'll be grateful to living healthy lift till I'm 75 or 76 and die in my sleep with money left to my kids and ex-wives because I planned for 80.

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Old 05-01-2011, 11:10 PM   #42
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Originally Posted by REWahoo View Post
Now you just have to hope they don't go out of business before you need to pull the trigger on your policy...
And that he only has to pull the trigger once...

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Wow, you all seem to have good genes with relatives living up to or above 100.
Well, for us Methuselah wannabes the thought of "work until you die" makes ER especially compelling.

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The 90 plus year old had not been out of bed for 5 plus years, and had not eaten solid food for 4 plus years, as she was too weak to eat, feeding being accomplished by way of a drip tube strung thru her nose. I know there is another thread going on about this topic, but while I would be happy to live to 95 or 100 if I was able to lead a relatively active, relatively self sufficient life, I certainly don't want my 70-75 year old son or daughter to have to care for me like that for so long.
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Sorry, did not mean to imply "she" was miserable (or that someone else would be). What I meant is that "I" would be miserable if I was nearing 100 years of age AND I could not move, I was sustained by a tube thru the nose, and I soiled myself because I could not get out of bed to do otherwise. I would not want to endure that for an extended period. Sorry if I was less than clear about that. If I was still pretty mobile and able to take care most of the basics like eating etc it would be a very different discussion.
After reflecting more on this discussion, I think I'd have to defer to Stephen Hawking's example. He seems to have led a pretty productive life...


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Old 05-01-2011, 11:21 PM   #43
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We are planning on going to 100. Annual physicals, healthy(ier) eating, exercise when I can remember, no smoking, ... the (more than) occasional drink ... lottsa sleep (FIREd almost 4 years). At 60, we are in fairly good shape (knock on wood). So that's the plan.

An aside: I was talking to my SIL brother (a doctor) at dinner the other day and he said that the upcoming generation of kids look like they will not have longer longevity than their parents generation in America. This is because of the obesity epidemic that is going on here. ... I hadn't thought about that before, but this make sense. ... BE FOREWARNED!
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And that he only has to pull the trigger once...

Well, for us Methuselah wannabes the thought of "work until you die" makes ER especially compelling.

After reflecting more on this discussion, I think I'd have to defer to Stephen Hawking's example. He seems to have led a pretty productive life...
If Dr Hawking wants to go on living, that's his prerogative. I have mine.
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Old 05-03-2011, 03:16 PM   #45
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We planned to about 93, which my dad lived to see. Our other parents died from 63 to 89. I hope to live until my late 80's but then I have a chronic disease that could kick in at some time and affect my longevity. My husband's family has a history of cancer and earlier deaths in it, so he gets all his screenings each year. Forecasting your longevity feels too much like gambling.
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Pick one - the first I think(memory?) were from older IRS/RMD/single beneficiary/?insurance type tables. The last assumes a 60/40 'policy portfolio' funded lifestyle.

Now that I quit(age63) smoking, chewing and bad homemade liquor.

Drink yucky stuff like water, exercise, eat nuts and twigs to keep my chloresterol and BP down.

except when I slip and party.

heh heh heh - people in my family didn't live really long - sometimes from coloring outside the line - so to speak. Since I was a Boy Scout - anything beyond 84 is lagniappe.

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