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February 04, 2005

Facts

From the current Harper's Index:

Average total cost for a U.S. eighty-year-old to live out the rest of his or her days on a luxury cruise ship: $230,497
Average cost to live them out in an assisted-living facility: $228,075

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That's hilarious. I'm going to send that to my parents. They might want to re-think their retirement plans. ;-)

Posted by: leslee at February 4, 2005 03:43 PM
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...in that case, i vote for the cruise.

Posted by: Anne at February 4, 2005 03:49 PM
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Of course, the cruise ship figure is based on the person never getting sick beyond what a ship's doctor could treat, which isn't much, until they suddenly keel over dead.

Posted by: Paul Tomblin at February 4, 2005 05:49 PM
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As the one caring for my parents, an 90 year old father who has had 3 strokes and an 87 year old mother with moderate Alzheimer's, can I go along on the cruise? Actually, leaving the only home they've known in 59 years of marriage for a cruise or even assisted living would kill them both. They don't remember where we put the coffee last night, they remember where it's been for the past 50 years.

How the hell did I get here.

Posted by: OGeorge at February 4, 2005 05:58 PM
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Yeah, I read that a while back. The article I read stated that medical care (doctor) was a 24/7 thing on a ship, but not the case in an assisted living situation. There were also other items that made the ship sound like a better deal.

Posted by: Rita at February 4, 2005 08:23 PM
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The prospect of sailing around the world on a never-ending cruise in the December of my life would be way more appealing if I could- please, God- go on this one.

Posted by: the_bone at February 4, 2005 09:47 PM
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Never-ending cruise-ship around the world sounds to me like a pretty good rehearsal for death--yuck!
Shades of Bill Murray in Groundhog Day--ooover and
ooover, surrounded by the clones of that wonderful
character Ned, the uber-Rotarian insurance salesman.

Posted by: Theo at February 5, 2005 07:29 AM
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This is an incredible statistic. It's the doctors and uncovered meds, however, that aren't factored into the cruise ship. But, it's still really interesting food for thought.

Posted by: Fran at February 5, 2005 10:25 PM
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don't care about the doctors and meds. does that cost include broadband and coffee?

Posted by: kim at February 7, 2005 05:33 PM
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