I am Alive!

ImAliveI just read an interesting article that made me realize that it has been almost 3 years after I retired from Corrections and I am still alive. It is sad, but I know too often how this career can take it’s toll on one’s physical and mental health. According to this article written by Ralph Heibutzki the average life expectancy of a Correctional Officer is just 18 month after retirement. Not only am I alive, but I am thriving. Woo Hoo

Mortality Rates according to:

The Disadvantages of Being a Correctional Officer

by Ralph Heibutzki, Demand Media

Correctional officers suffer the second highest mortality rate of any occupation, according to statistics posted by the Maine Department of Public Safety. Due to the job’s unrelenting physical and psychological stresses, the average correctional officer lives just 18 months after retirement. A study of retired correctional and law enforcement personnel in Florida also found similar disparities between both groups of officers and the general population. Overall, Florida residents enjoyed an average lifespan of 74.2 years, or 12 years longer than correctional and police officers.

About SimpleLivingOver50

At 53 years old I am starting to realize how life changes both physically and emotionally. I strive for a life of simplicity. I am winning the battle with type II diabetes, created a plan to have all debt paid off in 4 years including the house, taking advantage of every opportunity to live life to it's fullest through adventures in nature, hiking, biking, loving and learning.
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17 Responses to I am Alive!

  1. Wow! I had no idea it took that kind of toll. Congratulations! Alive is a good thing to be.

  2. New Journey says:

    Whooooo HOOOOO!!!! and yes you are doing great….

  3. Cindy says:

    Way To Go!, You Got This!

  4. lianatafuri says:

    Wow that’s crazy! Congrats on living a happy and healthy life passed retirement!

  5. The statistics are horrible for anyone in the law enforcement field. That’s why my husband is doing all he can to live a healthy lifestyle now, and it’s why we have our “exit strategy” in the works. I’m glad to see that you are beating the odds!

  6. hsampson says:

    Congratulations and I am so glad you are alive and in good health and sharing a lot with the world! Way to go Billy!

  7. I just nominated you for a “Encouraging Thunder “Award. Please see my blog for your information. Congratulations

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