How much longer do you think you have?

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  1. hjames

    hjames dancing madly backwards ... Staff Member Moderator Subscriber

    VA near DC
    Mom died in her early 60s from Schleroderma -
    Dad made it to his early 90s ... survived a couple strokes, tho bad hip joints limited his mobility in his final couple years.
    Both had arthritis and such for many years

    I wound up with mom's youthful looks - and I'm well past the age Schleroderma typically presents (knock on wood)!
    Tho I do carry a few extra pounds, I've no signs of heart disease yet - so hopefully I'll have Dad's aging characteristics,
    but honestly, as long as I am clearheaded and reasonably spry, I'm good.

    Addendum -
    Frankly, I was not always so happy - blew my back out in my late 30s and didn't know if I'd stand up straight & walk freely again. On reflection, I realized I didn't want to find myself at 60 one day and wish I'd sorted things out ... so basically I turned my life around before I hit 40,
    I decided I'd live for me and not worry about what other people think anymore.
    Couple years after that I met Emma and I've basically been sober 20 years. Oh, I may have a nip of scotch now and then, but I gave up the need to go blotto anymore - and life is pretty sweet ...
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  2. Johnny 007

    Johnny 007 Active Member

    I'm 65 and sometimes wonder what the future will bring. Fortunately, I'm healthy and can pretty much do anything I could do at age 25. I retired 10 years ago and am getting ready to go travel around the world again in a few months. By July, I hope to be out of here and at a nice beach somewhere. Anyway, I guess I'm fortunate to have good genes. That probably helps more than anything, Most of my relatives lived to the mid 80s or longer. One was 106 when he died, but he was a doctor and knew how to take care of himself.

    I'm definitely not making any long term financial plans. I have enough money to have an absolute blast for the next 15-20 years, so that's what I'm going to do. No sense worrying about what I'll be doing at age 85. By then, I might be dead.
  3. mkane

    mkane AK Subscriber Subscriber

    103 miles N. of S.F.
    14 yrs here.
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  4. tonyk

    tonyk AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Loves Park, IL
    Well 53 seems to be a little bit of a bug-a-boo for my family, both my Dad and my Grandfather (my dads father) passed at 53 from massive heart attacks.

    I'll be 53 this November.
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  5. Quadman2

    Quadman2 Super Member

    Have read several books, some by the med people, who think that some/all people have to abiity to either lengthen or shorten their life spans because of their outlook on life. Because of the link between the brain/gut and the immune sys, all three do play their parts as they interact on a daily basis.

    Course life style, vocation and disease still plays heavy factors in the life equation as does the heritage of genes along with environment thrown into the mix.

    The passing of a loved one or some icon in the world that we've appreciated slams home the thought of finiteness. Least it does for me.

    Would I want to know when my term is finished? NO. Just that it not be a long painful event.

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  6. markkb

    markkb Active Member

    Mountain View, CA
    To reference the music realm, I like the Pink Floyd line from the album 'Obscured by Clouds'
    "..80 years with luck or even less."

    Great album by the way
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  7. Yamaki

    Yamaki Not For Hire Subscriber

    Hillsboro, Oregon
    Honestly, I don't think I have much more time to be hanging out on the 3rd rock.
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  8. nj pheonix

    nj pheonix AK Subscriber Subscriber

    New Jersey
    I'm pretty optimistic about the short term (though I've been wrong before)
    I hate to jinx myself.
    So far, so good
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  9. Farmhand

    Farmhand Super Member

    I started thinking about it during year 44. It's sort of like being on a roller coaster and the climb to the top is so long that you forget you're going anywhere; then you get toward the top and think "Wait, I'm not ready!" And you realize that the "right time" for most of those things was when you thought of them to begin with. That's the Midlife Crisis right there.
    And then your kids are old enough that they start respecting your opinion. Yes, it can happen, miraculous and unlikely as it seems- sometime in their 20s, as it turns out.
    Meanwhile, older relatives are passing on and you notice there aren't that many left in front of you- you're taking their place and getting closer to the front of the line.
    I come from a long line of lingerers. We mostly stay sharp as a tack into our 90s and end up with bodies that won't support our ambitions. My dad died three years ago at 83 due to his first 40 years being rough- he grew up more or less feral in the '30s and '40s, scrounging butts and semi-empty bottles, but he came out alright in the end. I did tell him so before he left. And that's the big thing I've learned recently- dole out encouragement wherever and whenever you can. My teenagers reject every positive word I utter but I know it will mean something later.
    Anyway, being a mere kid of 45 I have 0 to 50 years left- 'cause you never know. My wife is four years older than I am (don't tell her I told you!) and her family gets to 70 or so, max. I occasionally need to reassure her that I'll be here for her and I try not to worry about what I'll do- keep trying to whip the kids into shape, I guess.
    Lucky for me, Keith Richards and others have made it okay for guys to rock out as they head for 80. I can still do what I love most and not worry about what anyone thinks.
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  10. chodad

    chodad Well-Known Member

    Northern NY
    About 15% left.
  11. Djcoolray

    Djcoolray Addicted Member

    A rocks throw from JBLM !!!!
    The best thing a person can do is focus on something that causes involvement. Because just hanging on the same lifestyle we have always had while working and raising a family causes empty nest syndrome. Most early deaths and geriatric illnesses are caused by stress and depression by just hanging on. There are senior communities in Cancun Mexico and the Mexican government controls that area severely so as to protect tourism there. So finding a home cheap enough and large enough to accommodate visiting family will be a snap because there is no need to live in a gated community. The entire Cancun peninsula is protected by the Mexican army and controls who goes in or out and the police maintain strict obedience of the locals concerning the foreigners that live there making it the best place on earth for seniors to live. Just think about having a B&B for seniors with the locals working for you to brighten up your life.
    Because it was the involvement with others that made you happy while working and raising a family. Why sit in some cold part of the country doing the same thing as others watching your health disappear until your health is gone and your laying in some substandard old folks home. Old folks homes in other countries cater to their clients because of the amount of money social security pays for in those countries compared to ours. In other countries, we are considered rich people that deserve more for our money. Places like Costa Rica have retirement communities with doctors that do home visits and nurses that attend to you in your home when you are sick at a substantial lower cost without trying to shove every pharmaceutical under the sun at you. The point is having a plan and not moving about in life as part of some herd off to slaughter. Go get you some.....have some fun !
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  12. sKiZo

    sKiZo Hates received: 8641 Subscriber

    I had about 30 seconds earlier this afternoon if I hadn't done some fancy maneuvering on the bike trail. Swerved to avoid some yahoo what pulled out of the side right in front of me, and came inches away from going down a steep embankment into the river ...

    Just shows ta go ya ... best laid plans and all that. Your number's up, your numbers up ... no sense losing any sleep over it.
  13. Tom Bombadil

    Tom Bombadil AK Member

    Madison, Wisconsin
    Accidents are always happening, all over the world, so one never knows. And who knows how vital organs in our bodies are doing?

    I'm 62 now and am happy that I have had this many years. If I don't wake up tomorrow, I'm okay in that I feel I've had a good run in life.

    How many years left? To be honest, I've never desired to be a really old man. 4 to 5 more good years would be great. Another 8 to 10 years, if I can remain healthy throughout, would be fantastic. That's enough for me.
  14. Lavane

    Lavane AK Subscriber Subscriber

    northern cal.
    The plan is to live just long enough to spend my kids inheritance. :thumbsup:
  15. Superampman

    Superampman AK Member Subscriber

    Kitchener, ON.
    Not lookin forward to it.
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  16. vinowino

    vinowino Well-Known Member

    Cambridge. New Zealand.
    Thats it.
    I tell people wife and I are going on another ski trip.
    They say " You like the snow?" I say No, just Spend the Kids Inheritance.
    Really, I have another 30years and 6 months. In New Zealand one gets a letter from Queen Elizabeth when you turn 100.
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  17. onepixel

    onepixel .

    If I don't drown surfing, fall rock climbing, get nailed cycling, poisoned by a crazy lover, at least another 60 years. I'm 58.


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  18. jntit

    jntit Super Member

    Madrid New Mexico
    I knew a guy after a couple of heart attacks, had new rules to live by. Rule #1 Don't sweat the small stuff. Rule #2 It's all small stuff.
  19. motorstereo

    motorstereo AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Both my parents lived well into their 80's and were very active right till the end. My father even bought a brand new 4 cubic inch chainsaw for himself at 89. I'm hoping some of those good genes ended up coming my way. So far so good at 61 and bp was 118 over 76 at my checkup last week. I guess working a physically demanding job for the past 30+ years does have some benefits.
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  20. usedto

    usedto Lunatic Member

    Central Moonbeamia
    Had a pretty bad heart attack in 2005 (on the table in the hospital during an angiogram). Triple bypass was the fix. Quit smoking and started taking better care of myself. Was in my doc's office for my quarterly checkup last week and sat next to a guy who had the same bypass surgery 25+ years ago, so I guess I have 10-15 left. Since I'm 66, that's not so bad. As far as the relatives, they met their maker anywhere from 68 to 102, so no telling from that.
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