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How to live comfortably in retirement

For many, retirement is a grey area, a topic that many push aside until they feel ready to discuss it. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that some people wait until it’s too late. While avoiding the thought and preparation for retirement, time passes by and it will soon be too late for a plan that will allow you to live comfortably in your retirement years. To plan shortly before retirement is not ideal, as there are many aspects such as money, health care, safety and leisure to consider that needs planning. If it is unplanned, there is a high possibility that life in retirement won’t be smooth. To avoid this headache, here are some aspects that, if planned for, can assist you in your retirement plan.

Money

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This is by far the most important aspect of a retirement plan, as it determines how the rest of your plan will fall into place. However, the positive side of this aspect is that it’s never too early or too late to prepare. Many experts have advised that you should create a savings plan as soon as possible. In addition to the plan, you should find a way in which you will receive a regular income. The steadiness of the economy is ever changing. Therefore, it is unpredictable and your savings may not be sufficient to sustain a comfortable lifestyle. Your financial plan should also include your expenses in order for you to predict how much you will need in order to survive.

Health

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After finance, the next biggest concern is health. As you get older, you’ll require more health care than ever before. Of course, this varies, as everyone has a different lifestyle. However, even with current good health, you are unable to predict your health in the future. Under your financial plan, include a section on health care. Some choose to save money and others pay into a health scheme, medical aid or hospital plan. Whichever route you choose, the most important thing is to have a plan.

Safety

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Some seem to miss this aspect and only add it as a factor at a later stage of planning a comfortable retirement life. Age does not necessarily mean that you are fragile. However, crime statistics have shown that people in retirement move up the list of the most vulnerable to crime. The best option is to locate in a safe neighbourhood. If this is not an option, then consider a home security system. Having a security service is not just a comforting thought, but will also give you the help you need, when you need it most.

Lifestyle

For many, retirement is almost like a second chance to do everything you dreamed of before you hopped on the speed train of working life. Before you know it, the train has reached its destination and it’s time for you to kiss the office goodbye. Whether it be travelling, opening a business or even studying for that degree you never had time for, you will have the opportunity to achieve these dreams when you retire. With that said, it’s safe to say that it is acceptable also to do the things that will make you happy and plan what you’ll be doing. After all, life doesn’t stop when you retire, so plan what you want to do now in order to make it possible.

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Retirement doesn’t have to be the end of truly living. Aside from planning the financial part of it, also, consider what it takes to ensure that you will stay healthy, safe and happy.

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