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  •  Aiready Working beyond retirement age (7+ / 0-)

    I retired from teaching in 2011 after 44 years. I am still working part-time as a substitute in the Omaha Archdiocese AND in a public school 6 miles from home. In 2013 I turn 70.

    WHY???
    My husband has had cancer in his neck and Drs. had to remove all his teeth for radiation treatments to the place on his neck along the jaw line.. Medicare doesn't cover the Dr of Dental Surgery  who removed the teeth OR the cost of dentures. About $8,000 for the dentist's surgery & $6000 for the dentures for a total of $14000.

    This started in April & radiation was every day for 6 weeks.  He just received his final set of dentures. He is working 8-10 hrs a week but that isn't enough.
    Physically, we are slowing down as we age. Working ... wears one down as you age past 65.  The cost for the hospital, Drs for surgery & radiation, at 20% about what Medicare paid, let us with thousands to pay off. It cost $775 for each shot of radiation. We are paying and NOT behind only because we are working part-time.

    Those who say working past 65 have no understanding of the fact that people do age physically, and it tkes a toll on a person's survival. Working full time I would not be able to make it. My endurance  is so far from what is was when I was 60.

    Thanks to my Mediare supplement plan, I have a "free" membership at the "Y" called Silver Sneakers. I do the classes if I am not subbing.  For 3 days a week thay have a strengthning & CONDITONING excercises using bands & weights. On Tuesday, I do Senior Yoga & Thursdays have Tai Chi. These classes helped me deal with the  l  o  n  g  time to deal health problems my husband has had and helped my body & mind.  Physical problems caused much depression for my husband, and those classes helped keep me from falling into the depressive state.

    Many are not as able to do what we do. Perhaps working to 70 wld kill off so many they hen have less to pay out.

    Reading is for the brain as exercise is for the body.

    by Bateach on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 06:00:58 AM PST

    •  Lord, what an awful story. (0+ / 0-)

      My heart goes out to you.

      I'm 66 and selling my last business so I can retire.  I no longer have the strength or stamina (or desire) to drive all over the state and fly all over the country, to stay up half the nights to mull decisions about investments and expenses and hiring and firing - those things it takes to grow and tend a business.  Unfortunately I have never had the option to sit behind a desk all day and play with other people's money and take home hundred of millions of $$ each year like Mr. Blankfein and his ilk.

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 07:20:02 AM PST

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