When Social Security was initially unfolded, the age at which one could draw this benefit was set because very few people lived beyond 65. Now the average lifespan is over 70 and extending every year.
If you have old family photos, go back and look how your grandparents looked in their 40's, 50,s 60,s and beyond. Today look at the same age groups - Big Diference in appearance!
Before I retired, young associates were shocked that I was old enough to have a teenage grandaughter. When I retired, I had a young 20's associate tell me I "looked about the age of her parents (49 & 45)" - I gave her a giant hug, a kiss on the check and gave her a silver dollar (new composition, not "real" silver).
It certainly is not because I had never had any serous health problem. I'm a Type 1 Diabetic, I had all of the childhood diseases available in the late forties and fifties, plus polio;, bronchial pnumonia twice as an adult, spinal meningitus, three heart attacks because of pancreas damage from defoliants used in Vietnam. Two of those attacks required open heart bypass surgery (#one = 4 bypass grafts, #two = 5 bypass grafts). My third only required a stent. I now also have an implanted defibrillator in my chest because of atrial fibrilation in my 50's (luckily, I was in my cardiologists office for my semi-annual checkup check-up and treadmill test (I was at 75% of my Max heart rate when this happened).
What made the difference in my case, I think, was that after every serious health setback I made the best effort I could to complete whatever rehab was needed to get back into the best possible condition.
In the past 5 years, I have been "carded" twice to check if I qualified for the "Over 55" discount. Both times absolutely "made my day" - especially the looks on the youngsters who "carded me"!
My advice is to walk, run, swim, or whatever it takes to keep your heart and lungs healthy. Do different challenging strength exercises to keep your muscles, bones, tendons and joints strong and healthy Don't smoke, don't use alcohol to excess (I will have an occasional glass of wine and I "drink" NA beer in the summer), and don't use drugs beyond what your doctor has prescribed them for.
Attitude? Well, that's a given.
- 2/22/2014 4:27:09 PM