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Author Topic: Aging, HIV and, of all things, retirement?!?  (Read 5141 times)

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Offline aztecan

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Aging, HIV and, of all things, retirement?!?
« on: October 22, 2020, 11:05:59 pm »
Hello all,
It's been a while since I've posted. Time seems to get away from me.
I am facing a situation that, while not dire, is somewhat unsettling.
When I was diagnosed in 1985, the doctor told me I had three years to live and that I should get my affairs in order. I didn't do either.
But it did leave a lasting impression on me.
Like many of my LTS brothers and sisters, I always lived with the knowledge that death was just a cough or sniffle away. Even after starting meds in 1996, that thought still guided my life.
So, I lived to the fullest, but never really planned for retirement. I never in my wildest dreams thought I would live long enough to even consider retiring.
It seems I may have been wrong.
My employer announced they would be closing my branch office at the end of the year.
Another agency is considering hiring some of us, but, at 63 and on my third career, the idea of retiring is something I find very attractive.
But, it is also frightening, because I never really thought it could happen to me.
Anyone else facing this type of situation? I'm just wondering how you adjusted, and whether you approached it with the same trepidation I am feeling.

HUGS,

Mark

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~ William Ellery Channing (Unitarian Minister)

Offline BKKKevin

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Re: Aging, HIV and, of all things, retirement?!?
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2020, 11:01:58 am »
Sadly a major side effects of just about every HAART regime is growing old...

Offline allanq

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Re: Aging, HIV and, of all things, retirement?!?
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2020, 12:03:50 pm »
Mark,
Right now it sounds like you have a kind of generalized fear of retiring. Perhaps it would help if you broke that down into the specific things that you’re afraid of. Is it the financial stress of living on a reduced income? Is it that you depended on work to provide structure to your daily life? Is it the social connections that work provided? If you are offered a job in a new agency, what are your main concerns about taking it?

Good luck.

Allan

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Re: Aging, HIV and, of all things, retirement?!?
« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2020, 03:17:20 pm »
Very relevant discussion topic for me too. Am semi-retired on SSI which is greatly reduced income. Up for a few gigs to supplement retirement income to meet living expenses.

Trying to keep self in mental and physical good shape now almost age 70 and past 35 years Positive.

It is stressful and challenging at times.

Keep going as best as I can.

Take Care All,

OT

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Offline aztecan

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Re: Aging, HIV and, of all things, retirement?!?
« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2021, 10:52:47 pm »
I know, I was remiss about not posting a follow up.
Thanks for the responses. They were helpful and gave me food for thought.
I decided to postpone retirement until 2022. I think the thing that was really concerning me was that I was being forced, in a sense, into considering retirement when my former employer decided to close my office.
I did take a position with another agency, and it has been an interesting change. It is an agency that is run by and for Native Americans, primarily, although they take anybody with HIV.
That said, I am still planning on retiring in July 2022. I chose that date because that is the month I will turn 65. I will be enrolling in Medicare, and then begin taking advantage of the state programs I have helped others use for years, including letting the state pay my premiums for a Medicare C plan.
I know my income will decrease, but, I think I will be able to adjust.
More than that, it is a time of my choosing that I have been able to plan for.

HUGS,

Mark
« Last Edit: May 24, 2021, 10:55:38 pm by aztecan »
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Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Aging, HIV and, of all things, retirement?!?
« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2021, 01:09:45 am »

That said, I am still planning on retiring in July 2022. I chose that date because that is the month I will turn 65. I will be enrolling in Medicare, and then begin taking advantage of the state programs I have helped others use for years, including letting the state pay my premiums for a Medicare C plan.
I know my income will decrease, but, I think I will be able to adjust.
More than that, it is a time of my choosing that I have been able to plan for.

HUGS,

Mark

Good to hear from you Mark.  your plans, sounds like a winner. One of the reasons I was able to retire in 2013, was because I was fortunate enough to have the VA healthcare to take care of me. Thanks to our beloved Moffie ( Tim) for that conversation, which gave me the motivation I needed.  Without that, It could have easily been a different story. I just turned 62, when I left the workforce in December of 2013, and while at times I kind of wouldn't have minded to work a few more years, I have no regrets leaving when I did.

You never know,... when July of 2022, comes around, and depending on the current situation, you may just decide to try to push it up another year. It would mean an increase in your social security. Not sure how much that would be though, you would have to see the chart on how each year is calculated.

What I can tell you is this, retiring and getting out of the workforce, was a feeling that was so great for me. Felt as good as when I got the first Covid shot. It was such a great feeling of relief.

I decided on age 62, when I was 55, and I still remember that last year working, and knowing how great it was.  My supervisor at the time, thought I was just kidding around, But by the time the last 30 days were coming around, she knew I was dead serious !  8)  I even trained the person in the last month that ended up replacing me.!



Take care---Ray  8)
Current Meds ; Viramune / Epzicom , 20 mg of Atorvastatin, 25 mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Amlodipine Besolate 5mg-- Updated 5/27/21 tested positive in 1985,.. In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started on  HAART on October 24th, 2003.

 As of May 27th,21,  Viral load remains Undetectable

CD 4 @571 /  CD4 % @ 17 %
69 YEARS YOUNG
  
WEAR A MASK !! COVID KILLS !

 


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