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When my step-dad was in his early 60s, he went through a period of depression and stopped working for about 5 years. My mom was fortunate that my grandfather was well off and helped them financially during this time. From the point of his depression, until he passed away from cancer at age 80, DSD only worked part-time if at all. After my grandfather passed away he and my mom went through Mom's inheritance very quickly. I had no idea people could spend so much and have so little to show for it.

A couple of years before he died, I remember one of my step-siblings asking "When does dad get to quit working?" and I pointed out to her that he hadn't really "worked" in so much as actually contributing to living expenses in recent memory. Mom hasn't held a paying job since she and DSD married in 1975, so needless to say she no longer enjoys the lifestyle she was once accustomed to.

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