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It's been a sad couple weeks. Two people I work with - or have worked with in one case - have passed away.
One lady, retired at age 65 in 2011 (a year before I began working there) but carried on working two days a week on a casual basis, passed away last week. She did retire for good 3 years ago aged 71 after he brother passed away. She got only 3 years worth of real retirement. Cancer related. It was a shock as she was quite physically fit for her age. She was the archetypical "Boomer" that we all used to moan about on here.
The second was announced this afternoon. He joined our first floor office from the downstairs warehouse last spring. Despite sitting at a desk almost opposite him, none of us knew a lot about him. I think he was in his early 60s, single. So not even made it to retirement. His mum called to announce the sad news. It must be very tough when someone loses a son or daughter.
Sad events like these certainly makes the idea of early retirement a lot more appealing. As one of my colleagues said after the announcement: "You never know when your time is up"
My cycle route to work goes past a lot of apartment blocks and other housing. Over the years I’ve seen the depressing site of an ambulance (usually with a fire engine indicating it was an emergency call) picking up some old person on a gurney. Some were probably dead but most were not (but soon would be). After seeing another one this morning it occurred to me that this is probably the path to death that the largest proportion of people take. I can count half a dozen from my own family for example. The problem is that it’s so fucking miserable.
So, how best to bypass the few horrific days in hospital prior to death that usually follows the early morning ambulance pick up? Even better now to avoid the pick up entirely?
It sounds really serious but when you look at the figures it's a three year difference between the top - Spain and us at 17th place. I think it's not really worth worrying about.
Spanish women have the highest life expectancy in Europe at birth, at 86.3 years in 2016. The average for the UK is 83, taking 17th place out of 28 EU nations. Men in the UK do better, in 10th place and with above-average life expectancy of 79.4, but men in Italy, the leading nation, can expect to live to 81.
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