In an old folks home playing euker
I hope to be down the hall.
As I am totally reliant on a single income, most of my money goes into survival so I can survive while I'm physically able to work and while I'm seen as young enough to be employable to the extent that I can earn enough money to pay rent and expenses, but as soon as I can't, that's pretty much the end. I don't have any family who will look after me. I'm 'guessing 20 more years would just about do it but I don't really know. 20 years is a far into the future.
Doesn't Australia have any structure to care for those who can't care for themselves?
They used to and do to an extent but it's been eroded over time and there's waiting lists and mothers with kids get priority which is expected. So aged pensions are so low that they aren't enough to cover rent and food and electricity etc unless you share, and even then many couple in winter have to choose either heating or food just to pay the rent. But they keep increasing the age to which you're eligible for the aged pension, it's close to 70 now and they want to raise it to 80 over time and keep people working until then. In my case I'm years away from an aged pension and if I get sick I get hospital paid for but nobidy pays the rent while I'm in there, so I'd potentially lose my place as unless I'm in a relationship whoever I share with is going to expect me to pay my rent. I'm ineligible for income protection insurance or paid sick leave so this is why I put all my effort and spare time into looking after my health because if I get sick, I'll be living in my car like others that I see in the car park where I park my car before work.
I'm surprised to hear this. I was under the impression that it was easier than that. You're right - stay healthy. :)
Thanks! :) it used to be but the Government wants everything to be a user-pay system which is fine if the user has that ability.
Tough on the elderly I think.
Very much so, and it's my parents generation who are suffering the most at the moment. While many are financially self sufficient or have family, many others I see are the ones sleeping in cars and door ways, then there's even more who are surviving during winter with no electricity at all, it has been cut for failure to pay the bill due to rising energy prices that only income earners can afford, so they light a fire in their yard or just freeze. These people fly under the radar, nobody sees them and my parents generation never make a fuss, they don't complain or tell anyone. They say well this is how it was during the war years etc.
The war was decades ago - but I guess once you've gone through something like that, it's habit. Same thing with depression era folks. They will pinch pennies until they cry.
You're right. My dad is lucky enough to be in an aged care facility as he has Alzheimer's so got to jump the waiting list. He really only has memories of the war now and at times has to ask if it's ended.
I'm quite sympathetic as my dad was in a nursing home for the same reason and my mom is in one now with dementia. She has no long or short term memory at this point.
I'm sorry to hear and I can relate to that. My mother has it too, but it's just setting in for her, she struggles with short term memory and gets very confused easily if something unexpected happens.
My mom was that way at first. She knew there was something wrong but she couldn't figure out what it was because some days were good and some not so good. Then it progressed to a point where her recollections seem to end when my dad returned from WWII. Now, she recalls nothing and cannot even hold a conversation - she said words, but they're random and they mean nothing.
Cool. When I start my Cult you have first lieutenant status immediately. :)
Great! I've always wanted to be a middle manager in a cult... i even like the band The Cult :) Oh and can we worship green smoothies as well as you? I'll get the plebs juicing vegetables.. .I'll probably live 'till I'm 110 now :)
I'm all about green Smoothies. Let's do this! :)
That doesn't sound like an optimistic outlook :-(
No, but I have to be realistic so I don't get caught out sooner than necessary.
Hopefully married to my partner with kids and a house, having already travelled the world many times, with a fulfilling career and now able to afford to buy bacon from ninjas.
Probably dead, but then I thought I would never make 30, so who knows.
You asked, I replied. lol
Haha no I didn't ask this question 😂 But I am curious and concerned that you think you will be dead in 20 years? A few people have said they expected death on this post. D:
OOps....sorry. The way this world is going, I doubt anyone will be alive in 20 years.
No that's ok we were talking on my other question so I can see why this one also seemed like my question 😋
Hmmm.... yeah I hope things don't turn out the way they are looking..
My bad, I've done that before, guess I should pay more attention to who the poster is. lol You ask good questions....and I thank you for that.
I agree, I hope things settle down, but we have so many people wanting to kill us, I just don't see how we can survive another 20 years. Sorry, I'm being a Debbie Downer today.
Haha me too I've done that before!
Aww thanks! I'm glad you think so. I always find everyone's opinions on here very honest and interesting, so thank you!
Yeah hopefully they do. If it's any consolation, North Korea has been threatening to blow up the planet for years and it hasn't happened yet, so maybe it won't ever happen! Personally, I think it's more likely that they will just get themselves blown up, which is sad, but better that than the rest of us. Just my thoughts.
All good, no I don't think you are being a downer, just honest 🙂
I think you're right about North Korea, we should have taken them down during the Korean war....our bad. But with a mad man at the helm over there, we never know what will happen. I hope it's just bluster on his part and China will step in and threaten him.
Yeah I'm sure they will.. China and everyone else hates North Korea, and I think the world against one country has pretty good odds :-)
He is crazy, but he isn't superhuman!
That's true, he just thinks he's superhuman....
Looking up at some root system.
That would put me at almost 92. I'm guessing a nursing home if I make it that long.
I'll be 37, so hopefully married with kids :) I don't know what I want to do career-wise just yet though.
Hopefully healthy, retired, and financially secure. I'm pessimistic, so I half expect to be competing for cashier job at a fast food restaurant.