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FIRE Poll: Is early retirement bad for your health?

Discussion in 'The Cocktail Lounge' started by emmett kelly, Nov 29, 2019.

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Is early retirement bad for your health?

  1. yes

    2 vote(s)
    33.3%
  2. no

    2 vote(s)
    33.3%
  3. go back to bed, emmett

    2 vote(s)
    33.3%
  1. emmett kelly

    emmett kelly Well-Known Member

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    https://www.marketwatch.com/story/i...to-your-health-2019-11-25?mod=fire-retirement

    See link for Mark Hulbert's take on it. What say you?


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    Voting yes based on anecdotal evidence only, being a baby boomer and having seen the retirement generation that came before me. Maybe play a round of golf or two, take a European vacation once in a while, but for the most part just sitting and waiting for their ticket to be punched to that eternal retirement community in the sky. Not healthy at all.
     
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  2. Three Eyes

    Three Eyes 2018 Stockaholics Contest Winner

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    I'm early retired (4 years so far) and my health has improved. Measured physically by stuff like better blood pressure, cholesterol, weight, and blood sugar and other labs; and measured mentally by way more friends and relatives and places visited, hikes completed, photos taken, books read, etc. So personally, I vote "no."

    I'd otherwise likely agree with @emmett kelly though...most retirees I've known really didn't have a plan to keep busy and once they retired atrophy (and health problems) began OR they ended up going back to work at least part time, so in that case I'd vote "yes."

    Since my two votes cancel each other out, I am forced to accept @emmett kelly's 3rd suggestion: "go back to bed". :p
     
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  3. Onepoint272

    Onepoint272 Well-Known Member

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    Wow, this poll is so timely. I took most of the week off and went back to work today only to find out what I missed, that one of my mates decided to retire early. He's a key member of our team and it's going to make things very difficult. There's a rule-of-thumb, Price's square root law, that says the square root of the total number in a domain does half the work. There are ten of us and the law holds up, since 3 of us do more than half the work. Now there will be 2 of us, that is, if the other key guy doesn't decide to retire also, the one who has been contemplating it for the last couple years and the one I thought most likely to go by the end of the calendar year. If he leaves also, then it'll be just me to pick up the slack. I'm not ready to cast a vote yet, but I do know this, if you're good at what you do, your early retirement is not good for the health of those who remain.

     
    #3 Onepoint272, Nov 30, 2019
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  4. T0rm3nted

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    It all depends on how active you are while working and when retired. When working, are you physically active at your job? Do you go to the gym after work? Are you intellectually stimulated while working? Are you eating healthy? etc.

    When retired, are you staying active? Are you working out? Are you eating healthy? Are you staying intellectually stimulated? etc.

    It's all a lifestyle. Are you trying to improve yourself? If you are, I'd say you're fine working or being retired. Just stay physically and mentally trying to improve yourself and you'll be OK either way.
     
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  5. emmett kelly

    emmett kelly Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like a "go back to bed, emmett" reply to me.
     
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