By Kay Wilson-Bolton
July 9, 2007
“Getting old and older is not for sissies,” said someone older than wiser than most of us. There are some life stages that need to be considered in our younger years.
Tomorrow’s seniors are in their early 50s, and they will encounter a number of lifestyles as they age. One of the best ways to prepare for the reality of senior life is to put a plan in place while you can manage it.
You can’t imagine yourself “aged” until you are, but you should and you can plan for it because you will. A good way is to look at the future and study your parents.
If they are still with you and in good health, you and they are very fortunate. If they are with you and not in good health, you know what the future can hold.
There is no substitute for planning, particularly while you are able. There is a wonderful Biblical reference to old age and it that there will come a time when other people will lead us to places we do not want to go. So, the best remedy is to take charge and do what needs to be done, and while you can still lift a box.
It is easy to put off those things we wish not to do. That applies to getting new tires on the car or putting a new roof on the house. To delay is often to find you waited too long.
Moving to a more suitable home to accommodate us during our later years should not be delayed indefinitely, especially if you want to be a full participant in the process when it happens. The process includes interviewing REALTORS®, finding that new home, getting bids from movers, and making sure things go they should—just as you always have.
If you don’t have a plan for what needs to be done once you reach “old”, others will make one for you. The hardest thing on young minds in older bodies is to feel victimized by what is likely their last move and merely observe what is going on around them.
Waiting until you can’t move your favorite box will guarantee that you will not enjoy the process of moving to the next phase of your life; you will not be good company and you will not view this as a natural step in the process of aging.
The process will control you and those around you will feel disappointment in their role. The stress of it all will take an unfriendly toll on your health and peace of mind. Everyone will be robbed of the joy that comes from one life’s new experiences.
If the next and maybe final move is getting closer, plan now to make it while you are healthy enough to lift your box of favorite things.
Kay Wilson-Bolton is the owner of CENTURY 21 Buena Vista and CENTURY 21 Ability. She brings a regional perspective to local issues and holds a designation in Senior Real Estate Services.
She can be reached at 805.340.5025. Her web address is www.readysetkay.com