You’re not as young as you used to be. But you’re not as old as you’re going to be. So you may as well go ahead and plan how you are going to age. Maybe you thought growing old was something beyond your control—“it just happens if you live long enough!”—but the truth is, you have a say in how you age. You can watch yourself grow old or you can be intentional and age well.
Experts say there are four areas of your life you should focus on if you want to influence the way you age: health, autonomy, security, and happiness.
Decide what to age well mean…
I did a class called Rethinking Aging: Are you Prepared to Live Long? The last assignment asked us to write a letter to ourselves 25 years from now. I would be approximately 75 years. So here is my letter to myself. I would encourage you to write also a letter to yourself 25 years from now. What would your life look like in terms of health, long-term care, savings/finances, home etc.?
My Dearest Etta,
If you’re reading this letter, you’re still alive, and you are now 75 years old! Dear God! What does that number mean?! Only you can tell me now, and I sure hope y…
According to a recent Gallup poll, the average age among American retirees is around 62 years old. Current data provided by the Social Security Administration’s Life Expectancy Calculator states that the life expectancy at 62 for the average male and female is 21.4 and 23.8 years, respectively. For those entering or already in their retirement years, here are some questions to consider: where do you want to live during your retirement? If you need care, who will provide it? How far can your savings take you? What do you want to do during these years?