Now that your children have grown and moved out, you may be thinking, it’s time to travel. At Lifefone, we agree! After decades of cramming travel into long weekends and limited vacation time, it’s time to set new goals to see new places. If you’ve retired, or shifted gears to a job with more flexibility, you have the time to explore and do more things. Here’s some tips to get you started on the right foot.
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Being a ‘senior’ no longer equates with being ‘old’ and ‘unable’. It can actually have many perks associated with it, and one can be that you are able to downsize your living space. Having a large house is great when you are raising small children, but after they’ve grown and started their own families, smaller and less to take care of could be a good thing.
Before your children are faced with the decision of "where will Mom and Dad live when they can no longer remain at home" you can begin looking into housing options. When faced with retirement and aging, seniors should be taking an active role in making a determination on where they will spend their Golden Years. After all, you've worked hard for decades and now is the time to decide whether you want to remain in the family home, travel the country, or even decide where you would like to live out your Golden Years an ocean front assisted living space, an independent living facility that overlooks a golf course, or any number of other choices.
Many people enjoy the solitude of living alone, while others, especially if they find themselves unexpectedly in an empty home, find it to be a difficult transition. Besides not having the companionship of another person, living alone also means you don’t have someone to help you around the house with simple chores.
Are you thinking about retirement? When it comes to the topic of retirement, the old rules no longer apply. In fact, when the Social Security act was passed in 1935, the age of retirement was set at 65, and the average life expectancy was 61. Today, the average life expectancy is just under 80. That fact alone should cause you to begin re-thinking retirement.
Nobody wants to broach the subject of the future with their elderly parents. The more independent-minded your parents are, the less comfortable the conversation can be. However, no one is exempt from dealing with the potential pitfalls that come with caring for your aging parents.
You remember the story about Goldilocks and the Three Bears? Nothing satisfied her. The bed was too big, too hard, too soft. Her porridge too cold, too hot, too – not good enough. Interestingly, there’s a syndrome named after her. The Goldilocks Syndrome.