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News about the lack of retirement preparedness is alarming.

I shudder when I think about how much shorter life spans used to be. One hundred years ago, in 1919, men lived to an average age of 54 and women to 56, according to research from the University of California Berkeley’s demography program. That is depressingly short! As I’m sure most people do, I feel fortunate to live during an era that offers better medical care and the opportunity to enjoy more decades of quality time with loved ones and life experiences.

Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha has served as managing editor for CU Times since March 2015. She also served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union in Los Angeles from 2013-2015, and as a CU Times freelancer from 2011-2013. She has been a professional writer for more than 13 years, specializing in news and lifestyle journalism as well as marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space.

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