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Old 07-26-2012, 12:43 PM   #21
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Everyone report back when they die. Just don't haunt me. That would be creepy.
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Old 07-26-2012, 10:34 PM   #22
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Surely it does. It tells me that socioeconomic status, read money, buys one just a few more years of life. And I am curious to know how many of those few extra years are spent with a low quality of life, pursuing expensive and futile treatments.
With regard to its effect on health, socioeconomic status is a different factor from money. It does not equate simply to money. It may have to do with education, with dominance, with who knows what all.

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Old 07-26-2012, 11:23 PM   #23
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I will be retired five months in 5 days and I got to tell all it is the single best thing I have ever done in my life. Money means nothing if you are not happy. Some people just have to work and some retire and live a good life. I know some who are in the their 80's and still work. That is just not me. I am no means rich but we are comfortable I guess you could say. I love the feeling of not having to get up on a set time and I go to bed when I please. No dead lines to meet. Why people want to continue to work past 65 is beyond me but everyone to their own. I stay extremely busy and some days I get nothing done but who cares. I am in the last phase of my life and I plan to spend it the way I want, not the way some dip sh-- boss wants me to. None of us know what tomorrow might bring so I suggest to anyone who is thinking about making the move to JUST DO IT. OLD-TRIG
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Old 07-26-2012, 11:25 PM   #24
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With regard to its effect on health, socioeconomic status is a different factor from money. It does not equate simply to money. It may have to do with education, with dominance, with who knows what all.

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It is true that money is not the only thing that the higher class has, compared to the lower working class. It is just the most obvious thing.

Knowledge about health maintenance, healthier life habits, better living conditions, and as simple as the ability to afford to live out of high-crime areas, etc..., all point to favorable conditions for better longevity for the higher class.

And it was my point that when it comes to longevity, yet all those favorable factors add up to a measly few years.

I would also think that other than money, a person of more modest means should be able to seek enlightenment to more "level the playing field", so to speak, when it comes to longevity. I may envy the cars, the houses of the rich man, but not his longevity because his life is not guaranteed to be longer than mine. And life is something that money cannot buy.
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Hey oldtrig, glad to see retirement is working for ya so far.
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Hmmmmmmmmmm if ER means a shorter lifespan then my ER plans just because more possible !
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Old 07-28-2012, 07:37 PM   #27
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" Do people who retire early live longer?"

I'm at just over 5 years. Ask me in 10, 20, 30, 40 ....100 years. If I answer in 100 years what caused me to live so long? BTW, I'm 63, if I answer in 100 years, ask me if I like being here.
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kumquat, not sure but perhaps you meant something like this?

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BTW, I'm 63, if I answer in 100 years, ask me if I like being here
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After reading this article...I am MORE confused about statistics. I would think IMO that people who retire early, away from the stress/demands of work SHOULD theoretically live longer. I'm retiring early based on that assumption.
That was a very-well-researched and unbiased article. Usually their ilk quote the Boeing study as truth and then make snarky comments about Social Security.

But I think the reality is that work is just one of many longevity factors, and you can't easily tease out occupational effects from all the other health, lifestyle, and genetic factors.

I bet that attitude has a lot to do with longevity. If people feel like retiring early then that's what they should do. If they feel like working (heaven help them) then that's what they should do.

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Supposedly IBM retirees in the old days didn't live too long, and the theory was that they had such a sense of place and purpose within the company that upon retirement they missed it and apparently kind of lost the will to live.
Spouse knows several survivors of the Pearl Harbor attack who live on Oahu and who volunteer at the Visitor's Center three times a week for three hours in the morning. They sit at their table with a donation jar (for the Memorial maintenance fund), autograph their books (sold at the book store), get their pictures taken with gorgeous women, and generally get treated like rock stars. What's not to like? Unsurprisingly, each of them feels that their longevity is directly tied to showing up for their volunteer shifts.

I'm hoping the same thinking applies to surfing. So far so good.
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Old 07-30-2012, 04:33 AM   #30
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I use to have a stressful job running around with no time to eat.Vending machine foods,hotdog stand,etc.Now I cook my own healthy meals,sit down and slowly enjoy them.My doctor was happy to report that my cholesterol,blood pressure,sugar,and liver enzymes have greatly improved.Also have time to read all those books I had gathering dust in the bookcase.Take walks when I want to.Feel human again.Will I live longer,who knows?But I feel much better.
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