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    • Cotta
    • By Cotta 6th Aug 18, 11:30 AM
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    What do you Consider a Good Age to Live to?
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    • 6th Aug 18, 11:30 AM
    What do you Consider a Good Age to Live to? 6th Aug 18 at 11:30 AM
    Hi All,

    Obviously this question is subject to the person having good or at least reasonable health but what age would you be happy to reach?
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    • pumpkin89
    • By pumpkin89 6th Aug 18, 11:37 AM
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    Personally I'd say 90, though it may be a little ambitious. Life expectancy in our area is 86, and I guess nobody wants to be average!
    • gardner1
    • By gardner1 6th Aug 18, 11:39 AM
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    I always say reach 80 ands that's good......but every year after is a plus
    • thorsoak
    • By thorsoak 6th Aug 18, 12:03 PM
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    Age 75, living alone, but with a friend who comes over at weekends, still working, still driving, enjoying holidays, enjoying my dogs and my family - I hope that this situation continues for many, many years, but I appreciate that things can change in the blinking of an eye - so I am "age-proofing" my home, my way of life and I am de-cluttering and leaving instructions for my family after my death - which I shall update every 10 years! :-D
    • Robin9
    • By Robin9 6th Aug 18, 12:15 PM
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    My MIL is 97 - at home, bedridden. Been a steady decline for 10 years and rapid in 2018.

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    • gabriel1980
    • By gabriel1980 6th Aug 18, 12:24 PM
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    40 is good for me!
    • badmemory
    • By badmemory 6th Aug 18, 12:25 PM
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    Until someone notices I've got dementia or earlier if I become a lump watching TV all day!
    • ElefantEd
    • By ElefantEd 6th Aug 18, 12:28 PM
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    Surely the important question is not how many years you live but what you do with the years you have?
    • Robin9
    • By Robin9 6th Aug 18, 12:31 PM
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    Was it Billy Connely who said on his 70th birthday - I would like to live another 40 years but can I have them now please.
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    • fibonarchie
    • By fibonarchie 6th Aug 18, 12:53 PM
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    I'd want to live till a time when (lack of) quality of life dictates that I'd be better off dead. That can happen at any age, be it 0, 10, 30, 50, or 110!
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    When my health declines.
    • Gavin83
    • By Gavin83 6th Aug 18, 1:09 PM
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    I'd like to live as long as possible while still maintaining a quality of life. If I developed some sort of serious life altering illness/disability I think that would be the point I'd no longer wish to live.

    If you're asking what age I'd consider reasonable to reach while still maintaining that quality of life, I'd suggest about 85. I'm thinking by the time I reach that age that'll be below average anyway.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 6th Aug 18, 1:12 PM
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    I'd like to see 90, my mother did - her mother managed 86 and her grandmother managed 81 (b 1880).

    I am not entirely sure I'll make it to state retirement age though.... I'm definitely the one of my siblings that will go first... unless they meet with an unexpected and catastrophic event.
    • Red-Squirrel
    • By Red-Squirrel 6th Aug 18, 1:19 PM
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    I don't want to outlive my nieces and nephews and godchildren, but apart from that I don't really think there's any such thing as a 'bad' age to live to. Some people at 75 feel like they're just waiting to die while there are people nudging 100 who still have full and happy lives.
    • pumpkin89
    • By pumpkin89 6th Aug 18, 1:23 PM
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    I don't really think there's any such thing as a 'bad' age to live to
    I get the impression you were thinking about fairly old ages, but I would point out that anyone who's lost friends in their teens/twenties/thirties/forties/fifties might well disagree.
    • getmore4less
    • By getmore4less 6th Aug 18, 1:39 PM
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    my dad said, retire earlier than me and try to live longer(he knew my lifestyle was against that).
    • Red-Squirrel
    • By Red-Squirrel 6th Aug 18, 2:12 PM
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    I get the impression you were thinking about fairly old ages, but I would point out that anyone who's lost friends in their teens/twenties/thirties/forties/fifties might well disagree.
    Originally posted by pumpkin89
    Yes, I was thinking about it in terms of there being a possibility of getting 'too' old, which is clearly what the OP meant.

    I have lost loved ones young, as have lots of people. I very much doubt anybody read my comment as suggesting that was just fine and dandy.
    • pollypenny
    • By pollypenny 6th Aug 18, 3:11 PM
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    Fit and healthy now, but if it was a choice between a long drawn-out illness or going tomorrow, I'd go tomorrow.
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    • Robisere
    • By Robisere 6th Aug 18, 4:15 PM
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    Daft question. I want to live forever, but after several serious operations, pancreatic cancer and now in chemotherapy, I just want to take each day as it comes. I would like to see my youngest grandchild (13) grown up. I am 73.


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    • hollydays
    • By hollydays 6th Aug 18, 6:37 PM
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    If I ever start wearing fleece jackets with wolves on, ill know the end is nigh
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