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April 24, 2018

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Some people move to easy care yards and then work out at a gym. I think yards offer healthy exercise, good for the spirit as well as the body. For us, living far from town is more of a drawback as driving is a hassle the older a person gets. I am spoiled and don't want a neighbor looking our windows or to hear their music.

“Anchor chains can be broken in many ways...” and you cannot know if yours will break suddenly, plunging you into critical and immediate transition mode in a matter of seconds in which decisions will be made for you due to urgency (I.e., that fall from the roof you’ve given some thought to), or if they will gradually wear out, allowing you time to adjust by turning some outdoor tasks over to paid workers, remodeling your home, paying for rides to an increasing number of doctor appts, hiring shoppers and housekeepers, stocking microwaveable meals, and so on. I have thought about this kind of stuff a lot as parents and I have gone through various stages of aging and have concluded that one also needs to weigh the pleasure to be enjoyed from doing what will become increasingly high risk chores and activities as we age against the fact that an accident might not lead to death (“at least he died doing what he loved” ) but instead to a prolonged period of irreversible disability (“why would he have taken such a chance?”). It doesn’t seem like you need to make a permanent decision right now about moving or staying, but to continue to confront the inevitable fact that you will not become more physically strong and coordinated between now and the end and start coming up with ideas for filling gaps that are likely to arise in your ability to take care of business as you have become accustomed to doing and seem to enjoy very much.

J, you make some very good points. I agree with most of them. However, there's also the adage, "What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger." All of the physical activity my wife and I engage in to maintain our property does, in general, make us stronger. But as you said, it also could kill us -- especially me, since I tend to do the most high-risk activities. It's a difficult balancing act, one that we're continuing to struggle to deal with.

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