When you look to the future as you get older, it is a very different thing than from when you were younger. You might be thinking about winding down, downsizing, slowing down, and looking to enjoy life a bit more. Coming to terms with getting older can be one of the toughest challenges of aging. So much of the western world is geared to youth; people are always trying to look younger, feel younger, and reverse aging. However, it can be accepted now that 80 is the new 60, 60 is the new 40 and so on.
However, just thinking young doesn’t necessarily mean that you will fight off the inevitable effects that aging can bring. If you are suffering from health issues or you are alone and are concerned about aging, then you might want to start thinking and planning for the future, whether it’s thinking about moving house, getting some home help or getting your legal and financial affairs in order.
Although you may not want to, if you make your future health, accommodation and legal decisions now, you can make sure that you get the support you need if you can no longer care for yourself. This will ensure that your family knows how you want to be cared for in the event of severe illness and outline what to do with your estate. While it may seem like something, you can put off as there’s always tomorrow, if you can do it now you might as well because even injury can happen at any time and you may not be able to make decisions about your care.
When it comes to your financials for the future, saving for retirement is essential. You will want to make sure that you have enough money to live on and enjoy your life as you age. It is also necessary to make sure that your money is protected and that you can get to it if you need it.
You will likely need more health care as you age, more so than you did in your younger years, so it is essential to make sure that you are looking after yourself and if you need health insurance then make sure you have it. Look after yourself by taking regular exercise, eating a healthy diet, quit smoking if you are a smoker and lose weight if you need to otherwise you may be at risk of diabetes and heart disease as well as some cancers.
Where you live now may be easy for you to navigate and you might feel very comfortable in it now, but think about how that may change as you get older. A big house with lots of stairs to climb may present a serious challenge if you have a health or physical problem. A big home with lots of rooms to clean and maintain won’t be ideal and also it will be costly to run. Have a look at your living arrangements and if you want to stay where you are, then have a look at modifications you could make to your house for safety reasons. Alternatively, think now about downsizing or moving in with friends or family members and looking into granny flats. Make decisions now about your potential living arrangements, whether your choice in a few years might be to go into a retirement village or an assisted living facility.