Many people find themselves looking forward to finally being able to retire. However, as you age, you might find that you’re not able to do as much as you used to. Understanding some of the different situations that you might encounter—and learning how to deal with them—will help ensure that nothing will hold you back as you grow older.
Tackling the Stairs
Chances are, stairs aren’t that big a deal for you right now, but you never know when that could change. So if you live in a multi-level home and don’t want to sell it and move to a single-level home, you’ll need to start thinking about how you’re going to tackle the stairs. Rather than putting your health at risk just to climb up to your bedroom, look into having an EasyClimber installed. That way, it’ll be there when you need it most.
Handling the Loneliness You Might Feel
Too many people make the mistake of overestimating just how happy they’ll be when they finally retire and stop working. Sure, there are some benefits to having more alone time. However, there’s a fine line between being alone and being lonely. Put some thought into how you might want to spend your time—and start getting involved in those activities now, before you retire. Having a group of friends outside of work is one of the best ways to combat loneliness. The more activities you get involved in, the easier it’ll be to find people to connect with.
Ensuring That You’ll Have Enough Money
Even if you’ve been saving for retirement all of your adult life, you might still want to apply for Social Security benefits once you’re eligible to do so. After all, you poured plenty of your hard-earned money into Social Security, and you’ll want to make sure that you have as much money as you can possibly get your hands on before your last day on the job. The goal is not just to cover your monthly expenses, but also to have enough extra cash so you’ll be able to have some fun. This is an excellent time to think about your savings and investment strategy.
While this is nowhere near everything you need to know to get yourself ready for retirement, it’s certainly a good start. The sooner you get busy, the sooner you’ll feel completely confident that you’re truly ready to enter your retirement years.
Previously published on Mr. Dad
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(via The Good Men Project)