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<<MIL has seen up close what it's like to be helpless and infirm. She has changed her tune about retirement. She now says that when he is gone she wants to move to a retirement home. >>

I think that's a smart choice.

<<I just turned 84. I'm staying in my two story house on five acres.


I do not think that's a smart choice. Become infirm, as many will, and you are supremely isolated and helpless, unless you have an extensive network of trusted servants, who are going to be sorely tempted to rip you off. And if you are expecting family members to take care of you in that situation, you should expect them to be paying you a fancy fee for doing so.

Personally, as a now seventy year old single man living alone, I anticipate checking out at some point without writing a last chapter of decline into death.

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