I too have a work colleague who went from supposedly nothing wrong, looking forward to Xmas, to having a brain tumour.
I'm approaching 50 (June 2020) and in the past few years, have really woken up to the fact, that we aren't immortal. We don't know what our future holds, but I'm hoping to be able to retire in my mid 50's, because I want to be able to live life to the full while I'm still able bodied and strong enough and not to be tied down to having to get up for work, but to get out there and see and do stuff.
I urge anyone reading this even in their 20's and 30's to start to get out their and enjoy life, but also think about later life and start to prepare. By the time you get to 50, you'll not be able to claim a pension from the government at all, the way things seem to be going. Do you really want to be at somebody's beck and call and being tied into working in your 60's and 70's.
I agree in part but also part disagree.
My uncle (now in a permanent prison,in a end stage EMI unit for the elderly),retired at 50 and although he enjoyed his life and exercised regularly and went on lots of hols,his seed of dementia grew year on year until he could no longer support himself.
And I do believe that if he had have worked just another 5 years he may well have kept his mind working that little bit longer.
I am semi retired with my partners ill health,who was retired on ill health grounds over 3 years ago and he is 48 next!
Yet my key and daily goal is to get him out as much as I can(weather permitting) and to engage him and myself in as many activities as possible as opposed to stagnating in front of the box!
I stimulate my mind with some puzzle games on the laptop as I always have my uncle at the back of mind with his debilitating illness and the very fact that 13 of my nan's 14 bothers an sisters developed the same illness!!
I agree with your point get out and stimulate your mind and engage in exercise to what your personal capabilities are.
Ive made a real effort with weight too I was 16 stone 8lb im now 13 stone 5lb -lost the weight in just under two years and no gimmick diets or paying people to tell you what anyone is capable of doing themselves.
We have any meal for either lunch or tea including take away's -then for the other meal we have a jelly and half an apple. We also have a jelly for breki and as snacks I do get small treats but instead of having a packet of something(which we regularly used to) we just have one-and it's worked.
But what ever we do or don't do none of us know our fate,we just gota try and make the best and make each day count.
We got some nice weather here so when it is here time to make the most of it.
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