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What did you like/dislike about early retirement?

What did you like/dislike about early retirement?

Various: My medical colleagues who have retired fall into two groups. The first were defined by their careers and when they leave it find a great void in their life and are commonly unhappy. The other group either disliked what they were doing, or more commonly have something important to retire to such as charity work, travel, another job, serious hobbies. These are happy people. ...Read more

Dr. Donald Royall
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Retirement (Definition)

Generally, women who are pregnant may continue to work during their pregnancy. Some women are able to work right up until they are ready to deliver, while others may need to cut back on their work schedule or stop completely before their due date. Whether you can work during your pregnancy or not depends on your health, the health of the baby, and the type of ...Read more


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How can exercise lead to good health at retirement?

How can exercise lead to good health at retirement?

BY PRVENTING DIS: By helping eliminating many self induced chronic diseases, including obesity, frailty, diabetes, hypertension. Plus, being fit will allow you to enjoy activities most consider youthful. Despite modern modern medicines advances, nothing beats exercie and proper diet in maintaining health. ...Read more

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If I go to a retirement home, what will I do all day?

As much as you can : Retirement homes, assisted living or adult homes all offer some assistance with activities of daily living: eating, dressing, toileting, bathing, medication... There are planned schedule of leisure activities daily, and one can choose whether or not one wishes to participate. Most importantly, there are many social activities, entertainment, religious services, movies, exercise classes, day trips. ...Read more

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How does a continuing care retirement community work?

Senior Housing: Continuing care retirement communities (ccrcs) may be worth considering when a senior cannot live independent at home any more. Offering a variety of services within one community, ccrcs guarantee lifetime housing, social activities and increased levels of care as needs change. They range from single-family homes, apartments or condominiums to assisted living and all the way to nursing homes. ...Read more

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What is the minimum age to put someone in a retirement home?

What is the minimum age to put someone in a retirement home?

Nursing home: There is no minimal age for long term care. It depends on the condition of the person and whether they need help with their activities of daily living. Most elderly can stay at home with help. If there is dementia or a chronic disease that incapacitates someone, then speak to your doctor or a social worker and look at what your state regulations. ...Read more

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Why do even older men in academics favor sabbaticals over retirement?

Recommended: Older people should stay involved with their profession. They should continue to propagate knowledge. They achieve great wisdom from experience. Otherwise, they will feel worthless, develop depression, dementia and medical illnesses. They can be most productive in later years as the pressures of earning and supporting family are less. ...Read more

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How can I determine if I need to move to a continuing care retirement center?

Listen.....: Most people will never be honest or realistic enough about what they can no longer do to make that determination. If those close to you start pointing out things you can no longer do on your own, listen up, give it real thought. Not being able to drive safely, prepare foods, socialize, sort out medications--accept it and let others help. You'll end up being loved, not one of the old fart pia's. ...Read more

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Must I be planning financially for retirement now or after the economy improves?

Now if possible: This isn't really a directly medical question, but as a non-financial advisor, it seems to me the sooner you're able to plan for retirement the better--good luck! ...Read more

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Is there a difference in health after having early retirement and forced retirement?

Maybe: I'd think that emotionally and psychologically it'd be more challenging to have been forced into retirement, as opposed to choosing to retire. Emotional/psychological health & wellness can certainly impact physical health & wellness. Either way this person could be fine, but if s/he is "forced" to retire, then it'd probably be helpful to be vigilant about his/her emotional health. ...Read more

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Can you help? Is 61 too young for me to start looking for a continuing care retirement community?

Yes, no: It's never too early to plan for the future. Besides thinking about where you want to live, chat w/attorney re legal issues, financial planner re money matters, and your Family Doc about your health to be sure that you're healthy enough to enjoy a quality retirement as you've planned for, worked for & dreamed about. ...Read more

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Worried about retirement. Not as planned. Lots of time, little cash. How did that happen to us boomers?

Worried about retirement. Not as planned. Lots of time, little cash. How did that happen to us boomers?

Common issue: There are a variety of life circumstances that can affect anyone, including boomers. You may not get proper education, have severe or chronic illness, make bad investment and personal choices, have habits that are destructive. Hopefully you can overcome whatever prevented you from helping yourself and you can comfortably live the rest of your life. ...Read more

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Are assisted living and retirement living the same thing?

Are assisted living and retirement living the same thing?

No: Assisted living facilities are governed by state regulations. There is no requirement for nursing staff around the clock (in which case the facility would be designated a skilled nursing facility or nursing home). Retirement living is a vague & unregulated term. In general, it's intended for those who remain independent & able to provide for own care while ALF provides some care eg meals & ADLs ...Read more

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What determines whether retirement adversely affects someone's health?

Retirement: Healthy lifestyle, satisfaction with retiring decision, and having good strong support system & hobbies to keep you busy, and ofcourse, financial stability. ...Read more

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What must be my first step toward becoming more active after retirement?

Deciding to take it!: Your decision to become more active was the first step to becoming more active will lead to another step and another! good for you for identifying that as important. If you haven't been that active, start slow and ease into it. You might benefit from some direction from a trainer, and you might check in with your doctor to see if s/he has any concerns or advice. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Do older patients do better when taken care of at home or in a retirement home?

Do older patients do better when taken care of at home or in a retirement home?

Depends upon patient: Way too many variables to answer absolutely on general basis. Typically, we advocate for aging in place eg at home since it's more familiar and offers sense of place & community. But this assumes that one is healthy enough to do so and engaged enough in community. Also assumes enough resources. But often times, closest relative lives out of town so for frail elderly, institution may be better. ...Read more

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Medically speaking, what should I consider when choosing a retirement community?

Depend: You would need to clarify about moving into the retirement community. If there is a facility like springpoint where there is a physician and nursing staff on site then you might want to consider it. Otherwise, some retirement community have private entrance without providing physician/nursing service or have no private entrance with clubhouse providing very limited nursing service. Please check. ...Read more

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How long with the healthcare battle last in us? I need to plan my retirement spending.

Endless: There are significant political differences in the approach to healthcare. The current system is headed for fiscal disaster unless something is done. But the right wing frankly is lying about the current new program termed obamacare. If you can, put away enough so that public funding is not going to be needed. However, medicare will be here for sure for the next 50 years. ...Read more

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Psychology: I am so very bored in retirement but cannot find paid employment. Top educated. Advice?

Psychology: I am so very bored in retirement but cannot find  paid employment. Top educated. Advice?

Retirement goes best: when someone has a plan of action in place prior to retirement. One can always create one later if needed. If you can do so financially, consider volunteer work through a civic organization or religious group, e.g., hospice visitor, soup kitchen, meals on wheels, blood bank, etc. The world needs you and what you can do to help the rest of us a bit. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I;ve had same doctors for >20 years. Now we are all close to retirement but i'm healthier than they are. Should I switch now?

Yes: If your doc's are not practicing healthy lifestyles and are ready to retire look for someone who is highly recommended who has more recently finished training and is accepting new patients. Age and experience are highly valuable if a physician stays current and you shouldn't jump ship if you are being well cared for however. ...Read more