October 31, 2018 — A provocative question we hear from time to time is, “Where do you think you’ll be, and what will you be doing, when you turn 80 and move toward 90?” Forward thinking helps insure that you arrive at the place that you want to be, ready for the challenges that might be there.
The purpose of this short article is to solicit brief answers from our Topretirements community on this question – how will your lifestyle differ from what it is now in your 60s or 70s? Please refrain from saying you will probably be dead – half of us will live into our 80s – and we need to understand what we should be thinking about! Here are some of the points you might want to address in your answers:
– Where will you be living? Same or different home than where you are in your 60s/70s?
– What kind of home? In a single family, a condo, 55+, CCRC, independent living?
– Will you be near your closest relatives (children, grandchildren, siblings, friends)
– Anything else you want to say about your plans for life after 80, and how they might differ from what you are doing now. Will you still be working, doing the same activities, etc.?
We are hoping you will use the Comments section below to make your comments. Please try to be brief so we don’t have to edit them down. Our goal is to see lots of comments and build upon earlier ones.
To help get things rolling, your Editor will take a quick shot at his answers (you don’t have to answer all of the questions, maybe just the ones that most interest you). In writing this down it made us realize that so much depends – will there still be two of us, will we each have our health and mobility, will be able to drive without endangering anyone? Good planning means being ready to adjust to anything.
– Where. Probably still snowbirding between Connecticut and Key West, although flying between them instead of driving. As we get closer to 90, live in one place.
– What kind of home. Sell the single family home in CT. Either buy a one-level condo in CT or move into a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC). An outside possibility is to move to northern Flordia to be near sister-in-law. Keep Key West condo until it is too much trouble to go there, as it is not a good place for year round living as an very old person. If my wife or I have a serious health setback, the move to the CCRC might be sooner.
– Near relatives. Our children live in California and Washington, D.C. Realistically, we probably won’t be close to them geographically. But if we are lucky enough to hit 90, or when we are widowed, we might move to be near one of them.
Please share your thoughts below!