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Retirement an Issue, Ok just live longer!! May 26, 2009

Posted by viper42 in Business/Health.
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Here is a story that is very telling of todays economic mentality and just how fragile the financial picture is for most.  According to a Forbes article in the March 09 special issue, it was suggested that living longer could allow us to PUSH back the retirement age!  WHAT??!!  For some in these tough times, that has become a reality because most dont have a source of residual income or their nest egg was wiped out.  Here is where it gets interesting.  

There is actually science present that is being worked on to do it!!  No this is not Star Trek and you are not in the Twilight Zone.  It is known, and states in the article, that living past 100 is largely genetics.  The gene responsible for this is known as well…SIRT-1.  It apparently “removes intracellular junk” in your body.  (Hmmm, more on that soon).  The goal is to try and artificially create an SIRT-1 activator to use in humans to extend our lives!!  WOW. Now the reason for this again, is to delay retirement and hence not put such a strain on the system.  So is this really happening?  You bet it is!  The pharmaceutical giant Glaxo Smith Kline is now working on this after purchasing the company working on it for 720 million dollars.  

So lets look at this.  People increasingly dont have the money to survive retirement.  Social Security is clearly dead.  Does the answer TRULY lie in manipulating our genes to achieve financial security??  That is SCARY.  Well, for now, people are grasping onto the right concepts.  That is better education about food, vitamins, antioxidants, weight loss etc.  Hey I said I would get back to that “intracellular junk.”  Well, vitamins and foods rich in antioxidants can reduce that also.  The way I see it, gene or no genes, the one thing that must happen in the 70, 80 or 90 years you live is finding options for yourself that provide residual income.  The reality is, we may be able to live longer, but if we don’t make the choices, its just a longer time to look back at lost time or opportunity. Start taking better care of ourselves and finances, and make the MOST of the time NATURALLY given to us.

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1. Andy - May 26, 2009

Funny story. We definitely want to retire young enough to enjoy it. Imagine working until you are 90. Hilarious!

viper42 - May 26, 2009

NO I cannot. The thought of having to work as long as we do already scares me.


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