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    Senior Member fastlane's Avatar
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    Raising the retirement age to 85!

    You thought you were going to retire from your job by sixty seven. Guess again young people.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/4726300.stm

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    Re: Raising the retirement age to 85!

    Bush will jump on this in a hot second!
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    Shripad Tuljapurkar of Stanford University says anti-ageing advances could raise life expectancy by a year each year over the next two decades.

    Uh, let's look up "wild speculation" in the dictionary, shall we?? This passes for news these days??

    However these trends would also create a "permanent underclass" of countries where opportunities for increased life expectancy were not the same as in the industrialised world.

    Aha. The real subtext.

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    Re: Raising the retirement age to 85!

    Interesting.

    Not retirement at age 85 -- but the whole idea of retiring at all.

    This has always struck me as odd. What? You get to a certain age, and just quit being a useful human?

    I can see, with age and wisdom, changing occupations and roles in life.

    But personally, the very idea of "retiring" is repugnant.

    Thanks, but if my brain's still working, I plan to still be working right to the day they put me in a box in the ground.

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    Quote Originally Posted by etLux
    Thanks, but if my brain's still working, I plan to still be working right to the day they put me in a box in the ground.
    Working for yourself, or working for "the man"?

    Retirement doesn't mean inactivity. It just means not having to punch a clock for the daily dollar.

    -JF

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    Re: Raising the retirement age to 85!

    Whats all this chatter about working longer and usefulness? B.S.

    I was ready to retire at 26! I have hobbies that need attention!
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    Quote Originally Posted by newmewzikboy
    I was ready to retire at 26! I have hobbies that need attention!
    That's when I am planning to retire...
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    I'm with David on this one. The healthiest thing for people to do at old age is to keep thinking, keep being creative, keep mentally active. My grandpa was an accountant, and kept helping people with their taxes until his last year of life when his health just couldn't keep him going anymore. He was always a cheerful and attentive person. Likewise, my grandma is still going on strong at 80 and she's constantly taking college courses because she refuses to stop learning.

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    Re: Raising the retirement age to 85!

    Quote Originally Posted by Cobalt Katze
    The healthiest thing for people to do at old age is to keep thinking, keep being creative, keep mentally active.
    This is true! But that doesn't mean you have to be sitting at a cubicle or in an office thinkin' when you could be on the beach thinkin'! I'd rather retire and think...
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    Re: Raising the retirement age to 85!

    Quote Originally Posted by SeanHannifin
    This is true! But that doesn't mean you have to be sitting at a cubicle or in an office thinkin' when you could be on the beach thinkin'! I'd rather retire and think...
    Oh of course! But concidering what I want to do for a living is what I'd be doing at old age anyways

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