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The Good Retirement Guide 2013, 27th Edition by Frances Kay

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Chapter Thirteen

Health

There are only two classes of mankind in the world: doctors and patients. RUDYARD KIPLING

Almost before we realize it, we are getting older. We may not feel it, but we are. For some of us it is our teeth that act as an early warning system for health issues in late middle age. For others it is our hair: women fear going grey, men fear going bald. Perhaps some of us have noticed a bit of weight gain, bigger around the middle (what used to be euphemistically called ‘the middle-age spread’). Unless you are very unlucky, your body tends to let you down gradually. It is doubtful you will get everything going wrong all at once. We are more likely to acquire some wrinkles, a double chin or nasal or ear hair; such manifestations ...

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