Whether by choice or by necessity, there is always the possibility that you will live alone (who knows, maybe you already do!). But if this is the case, there are a few extra steps to make sure you are not just physically taken care of, but mentally as well.
Living alone at an elder age can bring with it a whole new set of challenges.
Make sure you take the necessary precautions to plan for three big hurdles you could face:
Loneliness: Living alone can be a nice reprieve from years of a hectic social life, but it can get isolating quick. Taking care of a pet can provide a loyal companion, as well as something to tend to. There are a variety of pets to suit your needs, from quiet, lap dogs to larger or more active dogs, independent cats, low-maintenance fish, and chatty, conversational birds.
Mobility: Getting around can become difficult for a variety of reasons, from arthritis and vision issues or transportation challenges. Luckily, now adays the options to have things delivered is almost limitless. Figure out what goods you can count on having dropped off at your door, such as groceries, your favorite restaurant, or even home décor.
And if you want to curb the alone time, as well as remove any transportation obstacles, making your residence the ‘fun’ place to go is where it’s at! Host family potlucks, game nights, movie marathons, or even exercise classes. People will be thrilled to not have to host, and you get the benefits of company!
The most important thing to plan for, however, is an emergency. It’s easy to think ‘oh, that’ll never happen to me’. But it’s better to have a plan just in case. Consider having something in place for fires, falls, technology failure, or other medical emergencies.
Cellphones are excellent to have on-hand because of the ability to ‘ping’ them for locations, where as technology such as keyless entry and digital security systems can allow other people to communicate with you or gain access to your home if you are immobile.
The long and short of it is that you need to prepare for wherever life may take you, because things can, and often do, change on a dime.
Make sure you share your plans with someone you trust, and if you need any help at all, don’t hesitate to reach out for resources.
This material was prepared by Bill Good Marketing. Bill Good Marketing is not affiliated with Bailey Wealth Services or LPL Financial.