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Retirement destination?

A toddy tapper walks on a rope between two coconut trees in Induruwa, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, May 28, 2012.  Toddy, sap of coconut palm, is mainly used to produce coconut arrack, an alcoholic beverage. To collect the sap, the flower bud is cut at the tip before it blossoms and a pot is hung to collect it. This traditional method of collecting toddy is becoming a rare scene largely due to non- availability of skilled hands. (Gemunu Amarasinghe / Associated Press)
A toddy tapper walks on a rope between two coconut trees in Induruwa, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, May 28, 2012. Toddy, sap of coconut palm, is mainly used to produce coconut arrack, an alcoholic beverage. To collect the sap, the flower bud is cut at the tip before it blossoms and a pot is hung to collect it. This traditional method of collecting toddy is becoming a rare scene largely due to non- availability of skilled hands. (Gemunu Amarasinghe / Associated Press)

With 10,000 people retiring in the US every day, retirement destinations are a hot topic.

Where shall we go to enjoy life without alarm clocks summoning us to a detailed schedule?

Perhaps the island of Ikaria should be added to our list of idyllic possibilities. On the island of Ikaria, residents seem to enjoy remarkable longevity within an easy-going lifestyle.

(S-R archives photo)




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Spokesman-Review features writer Rebecca Nappi, along with writer Catherine Johnston of Olympia, Wash., discuss here issues facing aging boomers, seniors and those experiencing serious illness, dying, death and other forms of loss.




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