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    How long do U.S. retirees live compared to peers in other countries?

    If you’re an American retiree worried about outliving your savings, you may have an (unwanted) edge compared to retirees in other countries: U.S. retirees are expected to live shorter lives on average compared to citizens of most other developed nations. That’s according to an analysis presented at the recent Living to 100 Symposium sponsored by the Society of Actuaries (SOA).

    How long a country’s citizens are expected to live is one very important measure of their quality of life. To begin with, living a longer life is generally considered to be better than living a shorter one. But there’s more to the quality of life than just its length. People who live longer are generally healthier than people who don’t, and retirees rank staying healthy as a top factor for happiness.

    Unfortunately, the U.S. ranks last or near last–– depending on the group being analyzed — in one measure of life expectancy presented at the SOA meeting: remaining life expectancy at age 65. The graph below compares women’s remaining life expectancy for 14 developed nations including the U.S.:

    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/us-retirees-life-expectancy/

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  • RadicleFantast (912 posts)
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    1. That's a relief

    I feel much better now about the size of my retirement savings.
    Also, I see how cutting back on health care could help save Social Security. It’s genius!

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    3. Unfortunately the rich bastards that deserve to leave the earth live on

    Evils like Cheney and Kissinger seem to just go on and on. While great and caring people die young.

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