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January 30, 2014

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Tamara

I thought for sure my attachment to sugar would be a problem, but it gave me till 104. That's plenty long enough!

I'm trying to figure out the longevity issue linked to working. Could it simply be an assumption that brain or physical decay sets in once you stop working? Clearly that will vary by individual if so.

Cindi

(if my math is correct)If retiring at 60 gets me to the age of 82, and retiring at 70 gets me another 12 months to 83, you are aware then that if one retires at age 80, it will only get them to age 84, according to your formula.

All the more reason to retire as young as possible.

Cyclesafe

Retired at 45, now 60, life expectancy 105. Lots and lots of time in assisted living, I guess.

fred doe

WoW I took the test and it said, I should have died ten years ago? When Ube Blake turned 100 they asked him how he felt. He said, "if I knew I'd live this long I'd taken better care of myself".

Angela

I got 93! Was SHOCKED that the final report said I should avoid iron because it causes aging. I've never heard that! Will do more research. Also, it says to avoid coffee... I swear there are studies out recently that say the opposite. Fun! Thanks for the recommendation. And for putting everything in perspective!

dgpcolorado

94 for me. Single males don't live as long as females and married males from what I recall.

The question about friends seemed a bit unfair. New friends over the last year: zero. But that doesn't mean that I don't have a pretty good social circle; I deliberately developed one when I retired and moved out to the boondocks and I'm happy with the friends I have.

Do I really expect to make it to 94? Not really. But my mother turns 90 this year and my father just turned 87, so it is possible I suppose.

deegee

I got 85 as my life expectancy. But in my family, the men outlive the women. My grandfathers lived to 95 and 82 while their wives lived to 73 and 77. My mom passed away at 59 but my dad is still alive and well at 83. Getting to 85 does not seem like a stretch but it would mean that nearly half of my entire life would be spent in retirement, which ain't bad.

Banjo Steve

Fun to do the quiz, but I have always maintained that quality of life trumps how long the journey is (of course, a long AND wonderful journey is the ideal). My number came to 98, though I think I did a little bit of fudging with the flossing question ..... and a few others..... :) As re the stats, maybe continuing to work in a stimulating environment/job can result in longer life span, but the creative/upbeat (early) retiree can do the same, as you so wonderfully share with us on your blogs. Life is not a number, but an opportunity. And to resort to a familiar platitude, more is not necessarily better.

JF

I realize the researchers control for many factors but much of early retirement is driven by health issues. These analyses are based on large samples and individual results will based on individual factors. My guess, a happy early retirement is vastly superior to working a job where the "thrill is gone." However, a "boring" retirement is probably inferior to having a satisfactory job.

Retired Syd

Banjo Steve and JF: I think that might be the variable that needs to be controlled for, how happy someone was in their job vs. how happy they are in retirement. I think there's something to that theory. And if there is, it makes me sad that so many people are not enjoying their retirements! I will continue to try and do my part on that one.

Tamara and Cyclesafe: Too bad you two are 10 years apart or I'd have to introduce you to one another so you'll have someone to hang out with when you are each pushing 104. (Although who knows, maybe your spouses did as well on the test?)

Everyone: Ok, we'll circle back in a few decades and see how accurate it was.

Sandy

Mine came to 92 years. But then the palm reader last fall said I'd live into my nineties. Guess she was right. Now to accumulate more money to enjoy those years.

Alan Spector

I've seen these data, but have a different perspective on working and longevity. Yes, there is a correlation, but I'm not convinced it is cause and effect. There are things that work can provide that keep us positively engaged in life, among them are purpose, relationships, personal satisfaction, and structure.

Those things and others can be replaced by an engaging holistic retirement life plan. Life purpose, personal relationships outside of work, personal satisfaction from giving back and pursuing passions, and a balance among activity, recreation, and leisure (a substitute for structure) also keeps us engaged in life, thereby having a positive effect on longevity.

If your readers are struggling with creating these things for themselves outside of the working environment, they can read Your Retirement Quest: 10 Secrets for Creating and Living a Fulfilling Retirement (www.YourRetirementQuest.com)

Tom Sightings

My dad retired at age 72, lived to 91. My uncle retired at age 90, lived to 96. I retired at age 53 . . . gulp! But it all depends on your job, and how much you like it, doesn't it?

mjs

I have only known a few who will work til 70 if they are lucky to do it..My friend retires on april 30, 2014 her 66th birthday, she is beat to the core, survived ovarian cancer, a hernia operation, another to repair the ovarian cancer making the hernia bad..Her daughter has szhophrenia and is totally disabled at 35 and she lives with her so she will take her medicine, she gets a tiny amount for life month on somekind of ssds or ssi or somesuch program, my friend is frugal as the day is long always has been, went thru living hell with a divorce from a nutcase ex-husband married 20 years, she survived, her kids two of them to rebuild now she will live on little and garden and enjoy her life. .Me retired at 62 with a husand of nearly 40 years this year, he retired early, his job did not allow him to work, they just treated him like crap, he has union, me I worked 22 years fed. govt. got that and my social security too, plus saved and also raised and spoiled our only child! She is single saves like she is going to an execution and invests, no hubs, no kids, and her job lets her travel on their dime and she lives in NYC renting from family, so she does well..It should be about the journey not what the hell you possess, we travel, we enjoy our lives, I help others so does my hubs, we have a tiny tiny home when something goes awry we don't panic as we don't have to live with what others think or tell us to do so, my Mom lived and died very young, my only aunt from her side is nearly 100 she never stayed married no kids and does well of course she kept every dime she earned..I never understood that at all, I spoiled her when I lived near her, I am not gonna live to be 100 like her and I don't want to it is personal choice indeed..Love is most importand, good health and kindness and peace, if one works until 70 to live to 82 or 84 for a woman what does it mean in one's life if the work is absolute misery and the way most places treat a man or a woman who is older to me is a living hell on earth..that is the way I think & so does my Hubs of soon 40 years...

Judy Freedman

In retired at 55 and am loving it. I felt a bit guilty at first, but after losing my spouse to illness when he was only 56, I realize that life is worth living. So I decided to stop climbing the corporate ladder and pursue my blogging and writing. I love my new lifestyle.

So glad to have found your blog. Really enjoying your posts. You can find me at www.aboomerslifeafter50.com. Would love to connect sometime.

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