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(NBC News)   One in eight Americans older than 60 reports memory loss. The other seven still remember the days when they had a house, a car, a 401K account   (vitals.nbcnews.com) divider line 42
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2013-05-11 10:51:49 AM
Yeah, it's a really unsettling feeling.
 
2013-05-11 10:53:38 AM
But how many reported memory loss?
 
2013-05-11 11:00:21 AM
Didn't you mean "pension", subby?
 
2013-05-11 11:05:52 AM
Pensions... are there any left at all in the private sector?
 
2013-05-11 11:07:32 AM
Ayyyy....I'm 43 and have memory loss. I've forgotten so much It not even funny. Fortunately, I've lived many lifetimes in my years, so it's not terrible. Just reconnected with some folks from the military after over 20 years, and I don't remember many of the names of the guys I served with. Plus, what memories I do have are corrupted. This is a common occurrence with we humans, BTW. Remember that party 20 years ago where you had such a great time and almost hooked up with the hottest girl/guy in the place? Yeah, it didn't happen like that.
 
2013-05-11 11:07:53 AM
After the money's gone
Once in a lifetime
Water flowing underground
 
2013-05-11 11:09:24 AM
Well, perhaps during Life's long voyage, some things happen that are best forgotten.

/can attest - Boomer

//don't hate me, bro
 
2013-05-11 11:10:41 AM
 
2013-05-11 11:11:40 AM

Gwyrddu: After the money's gone
Once in a lifetime
Water flowing underground


You may find yourself
Living in a shotgun shack
 
2013-05-11 11:14:00 AM
Get "long term care" insurance on your parents/in-laws when they turn 65 or retire, before they get diagnosed with some pre-existing condition that would disqualify them. That way, if Mom is alone and starts to forget things and gets to the point that she needs someone around to make sure she eats, doesn't burn down the house, and takes her medication, it will pay for her to stay in one of those assisted living retirment communities. My mom is 66, and i'm in the process of getting it for her. It will run about 250 a month, but my siblings and I are splitting it four ways, and it pays out around $3,000 a month if and when it's needed. With statistics like that 1 in 8 figure, it's a good chance we're going to need it.  She's a widow, and we all have professional jobs and can't drop what we're doing to go take care of her, and she doesn't want to have to move in with one of us... this lets her keep her independance, and we don't have to worry about paying an ungodly amount of money for home care nurses or a nursing home. Also, it means that she won't have to sell her home to pay for things, so when she dies we 'll have something to inherit there, so it makes financial sense form a cold calculating perspective as well.
 
2013-05-11 11:17:29 AM
What was the question?
 
2013-05-11 11:18:33 AM

Gwyrddu: After the money's gone
Once in a lifetime
Water flowing underground


Letting the days go by,
Let the water hold me down.
Letting the days go by,
Water flowing underground.
Into the blue again.
Into the silent water.
 
2013-05-11 11:23:29 AM
But being old is the best thing ever, right Fark age-lovers?
 
2013-05-11 11:24:14 AM
Hell, half the time I leave the house, I forget my trousers.
 
2013-05-11 11:24:46 AM
I'm only 39, and for years I've noticed I have short-term memory loss... and it's actually pretty scary. I've also noticed that I've been having short-term memory loss for a few years, and it's a bit scary cause for years I've been having short-term memory loss

/true, jokes aside.
 
2013-05-11 11:41:36 AM
Did I already post a comment?
 
2013-05-11 11:58:12 AM
Does this explain Fark repeats?
 
2013-05-11 12:00:46 PM
Speaking of that, I'm going to pay off my house Monday while our currency is still worth a little.

Even after it's paid off, I'll still owe a ton in property taxes every year (thanks U.S. government for the "land of the free" where I can't even own a house without paying rent to you).
 
2013-05-11 12:10:25 PM

bmihura: Speaking of that, I'm going to pay off my house Monday while our currency is still worth a little.


Ah, but your mortgage is written in terms where you pay today based on yesterday's dollars. That's where your 30 year fixed mortgage comes in handy, you get to pay today in terms of dollars from decades ago. 


As fars as property taxes... You pay for the civilization you want. Also, with a fiat currency the only way to give it value is to make it the only way you can pay for things, like taxes. That bit about "all debts public and private" is only half true. If I demand to be paid six ounces of silver you're going to have to deliver six ounces of silver. You might have to go buy it with the fiat currency at spot prices.
 
2013-05-11 12:12:48 PM

bmihura: Even after it's paid off, I'll still owe a ton in property taxes every year (thanks U.S. government for the "land of the free" where I can't even own a house without paying rent to you).


Why are blaming the US government when most property taxes are local? You choose to live where you do, probably mostly because of the neighborhood you live in, and maintaining the neighborhood you live in isn't free, thus property taxes. Besides, how hard is it to just rent out a room or otherwise gain enough income from your house to offset your taxes?
 
2013-05-11 12:32:59 PM
I'm barely in my 30s and I can't remember a damn thing anymore. People I've worked with for years, if I don't see them every day, they get renamed to their title in my mind.
 
2013-05-11 12:41:07 PM
But they always remember to demand their senior discoount
 
2013-05-11 12:42:49 PM

Slam1263: Hell, half the time I leave the house, I forget my trousers.


Pro Tip?  It wasn't a real party unless you wake up lwith your trousers around your ankles, the next morning.
 
2013-05-11 12:43:50 PM
Who loses a 401k account?
 
2013-05-11 12:58:26 PM

Goodluckfox: Get "long term care" insurance on your parents/in-laws when they turn 65 or retire, before they get diagnosed with some pre-existing condition that would disqualify them.


I found this.

Quote:"According to a fraud investigator for the State of New York, only 75% of people who sign up for long term care insurance will ever collect anything."
 
2013-05-11 12:58:29 PM

DrunkenBob: Gwyrddu: After the money's gone
Once in a lifetime
Water flowing underground

Letting the days go by,
Let the water hold me down.
Letting the days go by,
Water flowing underground.
Into the blue again.
Into the silent water.


same as it ever was...and look where my hand was
 
2013-05-11 01:12:13 PM

DoctorCal: Yeah, it's a really unsettling feeling.


Yes it is. I used to have a great memory, but nowadays; not so much.


/getting old sucks
 
2013-05-11 01:50:58 PM
If the overall cultural narrative itself wasn't being reduced to the amnesia of a boxer being beaten into forgetfulness by the constant one-two of `what's happenin' NOW?- what's happenin' NEXT?, I'd not find myself to be among the few who has to remember to forget, in order not to appear `obscure' (one of the reasons I like Farkers - nothing is obscure).

Only experiencing `time compression' (but still short of the 6-0). effects, i.e., `...that was in `99!?  seems like yesterday...'
 
2013-05-11 01:57:51 PM
Must of been all that LDS they did.
 
2013-05-11 02:03:45 PM

Deep Contact: Must of been all that LDS they did.


What?  Not remembering the names of all of one's wives?
 
2013-05-11 02:27:39 PM
this headline reminded me that i had forgotten that i had earlier forgotten where my shoes are. and i'm not nearly 60.

i think that six and three quarters in eight Americans older than 60 forgot to report their memory loss.
 
2013-05-11 02:59:57 PM

Crazy Lee: If the overall cultural narrative itself wasn't being reduced to the amnesia of a boxer being beaten into forgetfulness by the constant one-two of `what's happenin' NOW?- what's happenin' NEXT?, I'd not find myself to be among the few who has to remember to forget, in order not to appear `obscure' (one of the reasons I like Farkers - nothing is obscure).

Only experiencing `time compression' (but still short of the 6-0). effects, i.e., `...that was in `99!?  seems like yesterday...'


I joined FARK over five years ago? Unpossible.

I think that life gets more complicated as you move forward. Those complications mask the passing of time.

/Or it could be that I'm just getting simpler, and things just seem more complicated
//Yeah that's it
///WTF was I talking about?
 
2013-05-11 03:18:41 PM
60, huh? I'm waaay ahead of the curve here on, um... what are we talking about again?
 
2013-05-11 04:51:03 PM

special20: Pensions... are there any left at all in the private sector?


Not many... used to be pretty common. Thirty years or so with the same company, gold watch, goodbye party, spend what time you have left traveling or with the grandkids, that sort of thing. I think that's why some people in the private sector get pissed when they find that many in the public sector still have pensions. Strange thing is that instead of trying to get their pensions back (by unionizing and other evil evil methods), they want to tear down the people who are still fortunate enough to have theirs. 401(k) accounts are just rich wall street suits gambling with our money, and it was planned that way.

"Crabs in a bucket" my aunt used to call it. Don't raise yourself up, pull everyone else down instead.
 
2013-05-11 04:52:37 PM
i'm in the seven and shouldn't have laughed.

trappedspirit: Who loses a 401k account?


loses? not me. too small to last any time after retirement? sure.

the best laid plans of mice and men etc etc. stay married, that dual income would have come in handy. don't let them close up/go bankrupt forcing you to start over again at 42. and again at 56. and if a hurricane shuts down your place of employment and you, once again, are looking for work at 63 -- oh hell take what you can, it's not going to get much better regardless.
 
2013-05-11 05:03:29 PM
Shouldn't that be an obvious?  All the people in the 60s that did all those drugs are turning senior man, and that long term drug use has taken it's toll.

//still luvz ya stoner hippies!
 
2013-05-11 05:25:21 PM

special20: Pensions... are there any left at all in the private sector?


I'm 32 and get vested next year. But nee employees do not get it. Unfunded liabilities with increasing age of death make them unsustainable.

5% 401k matching to boot.

Then again I got a useful degree.
 
2013-05-11 05:46:09 PM
The other 7 forgot to report.
 
2013-05-11 06:07:50 PM

FizixJunkee: Goodluckfox: Get "long term care" insurance on your parents/in-laws when they turn 65 or retire, before they get diagnosed with some pre-existing condition that would disqualify them.

I found this.

Quote:"According to a fraud investigator for the State of New York, only 75% of people who sign up for long term care insurance will ever collect anything."


I can sign up for it through a payroll deduction so missing payments won't be an issue, and I"m an attorney so they will fark with my mother at their peril. I think there's  a good chance she'll need it in a few years, we can afford it, and I'll keep the bills paid.
 
2013-05-11 06:46:45 PM

Goodluckfox: FizixJunkee: Goodluckfox: Get "long term care" insurance on your parents/in-laws when they turn 65 or retire, before they get diagnosed with some pre-existing condition that would disqualify them.

I found this.

Quote:"According to a fraud investigator for the State of New York, only 75% of people who sign up for long term care insurance will ever collect anything."

I can sign up for it through a payroll deduction so missing payments won't be an issue, and I"m an attorney so they will fark with my mother at their peril. I think there's  a good chance she'll need it in a few years, we can afford it, and I'll keep the bills paid.


Don't worry. They and their army of attorneys will find a way to weasel their way out of the contract. Or they'll just stamp "denied" on every form handed to them. Or they'll lose a payment and then cancel the policy.

Insurance companies: They like to take your money but will fight tooth and nail to give it back
 
2013-05-11 08:09:48 PM
And our Supreme Court Judges are how old?
 
2013-05-11 10:23:32 PM
 

MyRandomName: Then again I got a useful degree.


At this point, I have achieved the status of Special Skills Electrician. Make the same as a supervisor without having to put down the tools or supervise.
Automation was the future, not plastics.
 
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