June 2016

Preparing For Old Age

With the world-wide obsession on youth and beauty, it’s not surprising that many people fear age, and the process of aging. Youth is glorified as the era of the all-powerful will and many fear that old age will bring loss of control over oneself and other elements around. They are not completely wrong; old age brings its own share of physical infirmities which necessitate dependence on others. For someone who was fiercely independent in their youth, this can manifest in a personal crisis. There are also other practical realities like retirement, illness etc. that can change your life. Since we don’t prepare ourselves for this changed reality that is old age, we face our future with fear. Here are some tips on how to do so:

Have a Healthcare Plan

Most of us have health insurance plans and we think that it will be enough to take care of us in our old age. Unfortunately, the standard health insurance plan doesn’t necessarily cover all the little reasons we might rush to a doctor. So look for and invest in an aged healthcare plan offered by insurance companies or certain hospitals. You have the option of paying a premium every year and cashing in on it after retirement. This can include various features like live-in or visiting medical care professionals, various shots and other supplementary medicine every year, and minor operations and hospital stays. 

Take Care of Business

While some individuals remain active in their affairs till the day they die, others will face difficulty running things full hilt like they used to. There could also be sudden complications resulting from heart attacks, strokes etc. that debilitates the human body. In order to prepare for an eventuality where you no longer have full control over your mind and/or body, seek aged care legal advice where you can be informed of all the options that you have such as delegating authority via power of attorney, limited attorney, and financial control.

Aged care legal advice also includes deciding beforehand who your legal guardians or caretakers should be in the event that you can no longer make that decision with a sound mind. Do you need an aged care consultant this link http://signpostlms.com.au/consultants may help you.

Plan Ahead for Retirement

Most career workers feel like fish out of water after they retire, simply because they never planned ahead. It’s all very well to dream of travelling the world or growing roses or fishing; when the ‘taking it easy’ mentality is unfamiliar, most elders feel uncomfortable, frustrated and be unable to adjust to a routine devoid of work, with the result that they will fall sick more often or find work that they cannot do anymore. Plan ahead and start training yourself early by taking small vacations and setting aside money or buying a house elsewhere and actually living in it in order to get into the proper frame of mind.