Financial services types tell future retirees to focus on a fixed dollar amount in order to live the lifestyle they want during retirement. What they don't often mention is the skill it takes to actually maintain the cash flow to live on what you've saved. And even rarer still, someone will mention the very real possibility of needing medical assistance just as your reserves are running out.
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Much like your children, I'm middle aged and settled and had begun to look toward a footloose and carefree future when my children grew up. Then one of my parents got sick, as parents tend to do when they're approaching the century mark.
I struggled to make decisions on the fly in a whole new world with established rules and expensive and deadly consequences for not knowing those rules.
With some hard learned lessons now in the rear view mirror I'm harnessing the power of online education in innovative ways to help friends and family who will face the same challenges. Combining personal knowledge with research taken from the healthcare, legal and financial sectors, as well as resources from social services, I hope to inspire seniors and their care givers to take control of their aging experience.
The sooner the better.
"Keeping up the appearance of having all your marbles is hard work, but important."
- Sara Gruen, Water for Elephants
"It's paradoxical that the idea of living a long life appeals to everyone, but the idea of getting old doesn't appeal to anyone."
- Andy Rooney