Later life should be a great period in everyone’s life and to make the most of it we need to plan ahead.
It may seem a long way off, but being aware of what sort of circumstances your future may hold, makes it easier to exercise choice and control over it.
According to The Centre for Ageing Better, the below suggestions can help you start preparing for later life:
- Preserve the good things in life by focusing on what you want to maintain into the future and encouraging the setting of achievable goals.
- Work on time perspectives to help you to think about yourself in the future, which for many, can be difficult to imagine.
- Avoid imposing an external pressure to plan (such as pressures from family or friends), as this can have negative effects, such as feelings of guilt.
- Seek tailored advice and support and as much information as possible so that you can make an informed decision.
- Often, people plan with other important people in their lives, including as a couple and in groups. You may want to consider doing that.
- Accept that there are limitations to planning generally, and many life events are difficult if not impossible to plan for.