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Subject: Re: Bad Retirement: Suicide Date: 3/19/2004 11:34 PM
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I heard this story on the news and read the article. Something that comes to mind is that it's amazing retired folk wish to live in a state where expenses are high and income is fixed. With an estranged daughter and apparently no family nearby, there wasn't much of a reason for the Sindlingers to stay there.

Secondly, Atlantic City is nearby. It seems to be a culture phenomena with seniors. I've been there and the casinos are packed with them. Personally, I fail to see the excitement of slot machines and gaming tables but that's me. I think the Sindlingers might have gotten caught up in that kind of treadmill. It might explain the huge credit card debt. Many retired people use gambling as a hobby of sorts. It's easy to get a cash advance on a credit card. They have lots of time on their hands and not a lot of diversion.

No, they did not plan for their golden years. What a term. It wasn't so golden for the Sindlingers and I'm sure they were overwhelmed by all their debt to the point where they took a desperate measure to end their troubles. It's very, very sad that Mr Sindlinger will have to remain aware every day that it led to the demise of a loved one.
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