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January 24, 2015

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Cindi

Congrats are in order. Job well done, Syd.

Retired Syd

Thank you Cindi!

Jacq

The most youthful older person I have ever met was a 92 yo guy that we met on a gondola lift on a ski day out. I asked him "are you worried about falling?" And he said "I don't fall." He skied better than he walked actually. He worked in marketing at the ski resort as well.

Up to about 90, I would have said my dad was one of the youngest older people I've ever met/known. Then he stopped working and retired for real. He's 95 in a couple of months and still not on any meds but it really wasn't a good thing for him to quit working. Just didn't have anything else (no hobbies, not-really-friends (he was always about work only) and girlfriend have died) and lost his purpose. Now he just wants to make it to 100 but lives in the past for the most part. Still financially very with it but it would have been best for him to live in a senior's residence where he could chat up the young (80+ yo) ones.

I read something recently about your attitude towards aging affecting your longevity. If you're positive about it, it's a good thing. A friend at work told me recently that my hair-do/trim made me look younger and I was like "tell me - why do I want to look younger?" I really don't see any reason why I can't do what I do now in 20-30-40 years. Maybe a bit slower, but maybe not. But have met people that I can see are going all creaky at 50. Yeah, things change, but I've learned to work smarter, not harder...

Retired Syd

Jacq: But wow, your dad is 95 and still not any meds--pretty amazing.

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erick

I decided to go to Desert Winds Retirement home so I wouldnt be a burden on my kids http://www.desertwindsretirement.com/

Jacq

Well, that's what a high protein / very high fat diet of beef - and smoking for 50 or so years - will do... (for some people). True believer in the luck of the genetic draw for longevity (as well as other things). Mother died in mid 50's living the same way, so like you with your mom, you learn to be happy and live for today - but plan for a long, long time. :-)

Diane Baca

Hi Syd,

congratulations on being chosen to be on the panel of experts!. I always like hearing from those who retire early and those that don't have children. I'm always surprised when I hear people mention that their children will provide care for them. My parents never wanted to be a burden and planned accordingly. I also just read a NY Times article about mean girls in the retirement home. That horrified me. I intend to age in place and it's really great to hear of all the services that have popped up lately to make that more of a practical solution. Keep up the good work. I'm part time now helping out the company with their transition from the Bay Area to Salt Lake City. I will be retired end of March. Taking a class like the Living to 100 sounds like something that would appeal to me.
thanks
Diane

Retired To Win

My Dad is the most impressive how-to-age role model I know. He's 95... lives independently... fills his days with walks, good literature, great classical music and stimulating conversations... has a girlfriend (yup!)... and basically has always managed to fully enjoy himself no matter his age at the time. All the more so after he retired at 62. (!!)

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