Roger Schlesinger

Before I explain my confusing headline, I need to explore the difference between old and young. Everyone understands youth, but no one understands or is prepared for old age. Youth is fleeting to some and never ending to others. Songs are written about it: Nat King Cole's "Too Young to Go Steady", and the line that took me years to understand by Frank Sinatra "Youth is wasted on the young". People have written about the fountain of youth, young love and child prodigies.

But what about old age? Oh sure we hear stories about older people setting all kinds of records, but these are really older people in their 80's and 90's. The record setting king of old is Jack LaLane. He does things on his birthday that people couldn't accomplish during a whole year, let alone one day. George Burns and Bob Hope lived to 100 and we were all dazzled by their awareness during the last few years.

Those examples are great, but they don't help us understand the transition from youth to the dreaded "old age". And it is that transition that directly relates to the headline of this article. How do we know, when do we realize that we are getting "a little long in the tooth". One way for sure is to get out of bed every morning and take an inventory. What hurts today? When this first started happening, I asked my doctor “What's going on? Every day it's something else”. He simply said it is the aging process. I prefer my explanation better. There is a little man who lives in my body who moves around with a little hammer and takes a swing or two each night and voilà! In my 50's it was annoying, but now I expect it and it doesn't bother me as much.

It appears we know when we are young: Too much energy and too little money; and we can feel the aging: A lot less energy and still not enough money. And we arrive at OLD: not enough energy and sufficient or excess money. I know - why can't we have more money early and more energy late? We probably could have, if someone had told us.

The two most unprepared events in a person's life are parenthood and growing old.

Why we as a culture do not spend time with our kids talking and explaining each, I will never understand. I am drifting off the point, so here comes the thesis: Should I take money out of my house and invest ,or should I pay off my house? The number one answer depends on where you are age wise: chronologically and psychologically.

Roger Schlesinger

Roger Schlesinger's Mortgage Minute is heard on hundreds of radio stations and daily on the Hugh Hewitt radio show and Michael Medved shows. Roger interacts with his hosts and explores the complicated financial markets in order to enlighten his listeners and direct them along their own unique road to financial freedom.