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Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2018 10:24 am

At my age, friends think I’m crazy for expanding my house. My contemporaries are downsizing to one-level condos or moving into retirement communities. Meanwhile, I’m adding on to my three-story, 3,700-square-foot home. Instead of mulling over my next mahjong move, I’m busy selecting furniture for an expanded office and exercise room.

Critics will say I’m in age denial. But make no mistake: I am by no means foolhardy. While I have been blessed with good health and youthful optimism, I am under no illusion about where things will inevitably go from here, health-wise. I just refuse to live whatever years I have left planning for my demise. I cringe at the thought of weekly piano bar sing-a-longs, happy hours at 4 p.m. or living anywhere where I’m referred to as a “resident.”

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