R is for Retirement

img_1224About two or three years before I retired, my wife and I were on vacation in Moab, Utah and we met an older couple at a coffee shop. We started talking to the couple, who was also on vacation.

Shortly into the conversation, the guy asked me what I did for a living and I told him what my job was. But then I added that I was looking forward to retiring in a few years.

“You know,” he said, “The average life expectancy for males after retirement is only eighteen months.”

This guy had to be in his mid-seventies. “Aren’t you retired?” I asked.

“Me?” he said. “No way. My wife and I are here on vacation, like the two of you, but I still work full-time back home as an insurance underwriter, so I know these things. Eighteen months,” he reiterated.

I retired at the end of 2016. That means that at the end of this June, just over two months from now, I will have been retired for eighteen months. And now I’m thinking back to what that guy said to me at that coffee shop in Moab.

So if I suddenly stop posting after June, you’ll know that I am an average male who survived for just eighteen months after I retired.

23 thoughts on “R is for Retirement

    • Fandango April 20, 2018 / 7:23 am

      I’ll ask her. Or maybe I’ll write up my eulogy and schedule it to post on July 1st.

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    • Fandango April 20, 2018 / 7:53 am

      I’ve been reading your posts for the A to Z Challenge to see if, in my retirement years, should I survive beyond the end of June, there’s a country I might want to emigrate to for my remaining time on this planet. I’ve enjoyed your venue-based stories, Iain.

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  1. pensitivity101 April 20, 2018 / 8:21 am

    I took an early retirement package in 2007, working everything out at getting my State Pension at 60 in 2016. Our wondrous government moved the goalposts and my pot had to extend until I was 66. The plus side is that if I hadn’t taken my bank pension when I did, I would have lost it as the banking side of the company was sold.
    It’s an interesting statistic though. Hubby ‘retired’ the same year as I did, and will get his state pension in 2021, at the age of ……………………….. 66.

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  2. baddadcartoons101 April 20, 2018 / 8:38 am

    May you RIP (retire in peace), I’m sure that stat is heavily influenced by all that work up to nearly their death. We’ve heard stories of guys who retire and die within a couple of weeks (sad).

    Liked by 1 person

  3. jrose88 April 20, 2018 / 12:26 pm

    The men in my family have all survived that curse by retiring and then immediately getting a part time job. Sort of like a hobby, but with more accountability and a paycheck.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango April 20, 2018 / 1:45 pm

      Hmm. Maybe I’ll look for a part job job…before it’s too late for me!

      Liked by 1 person

    • Archon's Den April 22, 2018 / 2:41 pm

      My part-time post-retirement job has been this blog site. It has kept my mind active and alive. 😀

      Liked by 2 people

  4. J-Dub April 20, 2018 / 2:38 pm

    I worked as an insurance underwriter for many years. You can make the numbers say anything. I am sure the study that yielded 18 months life expectancy failed to account for reasons those men retired. Maybe they were already experiencing health issues … who knows ?!?!?. All that said, I will work until I fall asleep at my desk one day and never wake up. The BIG sleep.

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  5. Karyn April 20, 2018 / 5:52 pm

    I agree with J-Dub but just to be sure, get a ‘job’ – even if it is dog walking.

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  6. Marilyn Armstrong April 20, 2018 / 8:12 pm

    Garry retired in 2001. I retired in 2009. Statistics don’t necessarily mean “you.” Just have the people are more and half are less. Stop obsessing.

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    • Fandango April 20, 2018 / 10:51 pm

      I’m actually fit as a fiddle and I’m not too worried about kicking the bucket in two months. But I do remember that conversation with the guy. It was one of those conversations that sticks with you.


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