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Old 02-19-2015, 09:34 AM   #11
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Retirement..... Yes, please!

Something I keep talking about, and hopefully will be in a position to take advantage of......real soon. Many years ago, I had planned retiring at 55 but seemed to have missed that by a few years, but now I think 60 is more realistic.

I could retire now, and probably have more than enough to survive, with money left over to have to spend on having fun (within reason). I would just like to be able to give the kids and grandkids a bit of a boost too.

Another key factor is longevity, and what physical state I am in as time goes on. Right now, I am very healthy for my young age (57), and just told last week by a doctor that my heart is working like a fit 20 year old. I do work physically part of the time, go for lots of long walks, ride my bike a lot, and during the winter have been going to a spin class, followed by a yoga class at least 3 times a week. Health to me is a huge concern as I age, seeing so many who seem to stop caring about health once they retire. Many seem to take remedial action to physical conditions, rather than be proactive and work at trying to prevent them. Sure, many do get hit with physical crap that they could do nothing to thwart, and that is always terrible.

I am hoping I can keep biking and paddling well into my 70's, and even beyond.
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Old 02-19-2015, 10:10 AM   #12
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How about US citizens who are not on Medicare, do most health policies cover foreign travel?
My company-provided health coverages does. But then again, we're an international company with lots of business travelers.
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Old 02-19-2015, 10:38 AM   #13
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Hi: All... If I wasn't retired I wouldn't be down in the sunny south shivering...watching those in the east digging down 3 ft. to the roof of their car!!! Alf
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Old 02-19-2015, 10:41 AM   #14
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My wife and I purchased extra private health insurance for our 5 day trip to California which includes all costs related to an emergency medical event and repatriation back to BC. We are in our early 50"s and it cost $42.
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Old 02-19-2015, 10:51 AM   #15
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When I retired almost 18 months ago at 61, a friend gave me a book to read he said would help make the transition easy and beneficial. It's title is "Younger Next Year" (YNY). The premise is simple: all your life you got up and went to work; now you don't. YNY proposes that you take on a new job with the same level of dedication you gave your previous occupation. Namely, your new job is to work at keeping your body sufficiently fit to enjoy your retirement. Since I stopped working, I've been going to the gym five days a week for about 90 minutes doing a combination of strength training and aerobic exercise. I've added yoga times a week and am probably healthier than I was at 21 (when I was smoking a pack a day). Google it. I'm more active today than I've ever been; who would have ever thought fitness would be a life changer?
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I'm more active today than I've ever been; who would have ever thought fitness would be a life changer?
Good for you.
This is an attitude that many more need to take, in my opinion. The benefits are too many to list, like enjoying life more feeling healthy, not hurting as much, able to do more things, less costly in the long run, and on, and on.

It is a false misconception, that it is easier to not do these things. In the long haul, it is much easier, and way more rewarding, to keep yourself in good physical and mental health. It is never to late in life to start taking better care of yourself.

I am able to maintain my metal youthfulness through my immaturity, I just have to work at the physical thing more.

BTW, I looked for the book, real easy to find, and there are two editions, for men and for women.
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Good for you. This is an attitude that many more need to take, in my opinion. The benefits are too many to list, life enjoying like more feeling healthy, not hurting as much, able to do more things, less costly in the long run, and on, and on.

It is a false misconception, that it is easier to not do these things. In the long haul, it is much easier, and way more rewarding. It is never to late in life to start taking better care of yourself.
Hmmm.... Time for a poutine endorsement (or not) for keeping that healthy life style??
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This is a video I saw a while back, and something worthy of consideration. The guy has a great attitude.

https://www.growingbolder.com/never-...ground-793777/

He makes a great point about falls with aging people. Just last night, I drove up to visit my mother in the hospital. She fell on Sunday and broke her pelvis. She is only 80, and very mentally with it, but really could use more physical activity. She said she will focus more on exercise once she heals better.
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Hmmm.... Time for a poutine endorsement (or not) for keeping that healthy life style??
I also live by the credo, "everything in moderation; including moderation." My wife says I'm part of the "fat fit" generation.
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Hmmm.... Time for a poutine endorsement (or not) for keeping that healthy life style??
We can't totally give up all the pleasures of life.
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