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I thought about this topic, because a friend took me out for my birthday the other day, and when I thanked her, she said it was a "milestone birthday" (65 .. this coming week). I can't avoid knowing that it's a milestone, because I had to file for Medicare & switch over my other medical coverage earlier this month!

 

My Mom & one aunt both died of similar cancers, only months before my 50th birthday, another elderly aunt moved in with me, and I broke my foot .. so that surely didn't seem like a time I'd want to celebrate a milestone birthday! I did decide to stop working, and jokingly told people that was my 50th birthday present to myself!

 

I did have a 60th birthday party for friends & family, which was a few years after I moved, and was starting something of a new life. I guess the next milestone would be 75 ..


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When I turned 50,I briefly thought to myself"OMG,I'm getting old"then laughed it off. I remember 2 weeks later,I started getting AARP info in the mail,decided to wait until I retired to join.

I'll always treasure the last time my mom came home for her annual visit to see me{My parents lived in a retirement community in Hanover,NH,dad died in '96,mom '03}To honor my 50th,we decided to have a cocktail party in June instead of NOV,at local ladies club{she was still a member}. My brother,John,sister,Mary came for the weekend.I invited some 'church friends' so mom&siblings could meet them.Mom invited some long time friends she hadn't seen in awhile.It was a great time.

When I hit 60,it was no big deal,felt like any other birthday.My siblings sent me very funny birthday cards. Sue

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Do you think that singles - especially those who've never married or had children - focus more on age & other life milestones, than those who can focus on anniversaries, children's & grandchildren's birthdays, etc?

 

So for singles the biggest milestones might be "hitting 50", "turning 65", "retiring", "downsizing/moving to 55+ community".

 

For those who've experienced those milestones .. did they really matter to you? Did they matter more to friends & family? If the latter, were the milestones viewed as "accomplishments" .. or more as an "over-the-hill" tease?


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