By the year 2050, there will be 1.5 billion elderly people on planet Earth. That’s around 16% of the world’s population, and it’s a huge figure. As living standards increase and we all start to live longer, it’s important that we’re aware of the circumstances of aging.
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For parents, that means starting to think about it now, and for children, it means starting to talk to your parents. But this isn’t a sad time. It’s the next chapter of your life, and it’s arguably the best. You’ll have more time, more space and a lot more to do - just be sure to read these tips so you’re ready.
1. You won’t be left alone
Many think retirement is a lonely time, but this isn’t true. Retirees make the most of their situation by spending more time with family. Just because you may be getting old, doesn’t make you are any less of a grandparent, or parent.
Your spouse will also be by your side, and this is an incredible opportunity to do the things you didn’t have time for when working. That trip to Germany or Europe you always wanted to do? Been wanting to try skiing for years? You can do it all, with your loved ones by your side.
2. Retirement homes
A lot of older folk picture retirement homes as dumping grounds for the elderly, but again, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Retirement homes and seniors housing have evolved into mini-communities of their own, and living in one could be a new lease of life.
You’ll be surrounded by people your own age and with your own tastes, all day every day. You’ll be well-looked after, and can be visited by your family at any time. Don’t be nervous, or dread that time when the clock ticks on. Embrace it, with open arms. It’s an opportunity to feel like part of a special community of people.
3. Those who look after their health now, will be better off
There are a certain set of old-age problems that could be avoided by simply better personal care. By brushing your teeth and exercising regularly throughout your life, your health in old age will increase. If you’re reading this and you’re on the younger side, make sure you take care of your body!
4. Setting new goals
Many people who hit old age tend to think of it as a brick wall, a barrier stopping them from doing things. But is there any reason why you can’t still set yourself new goals, and new targets? Absolutely not! You may feel in your mind that your existence is slipping away, but you’re as alive as ever.
So set new goals. Set targets for the next five, 10 years. They could be financial, or personal. Why not? It gives you something to work for. We all need goals, at any age.
5. Filling your free time
And finally, because you’ll have more time than ever, it’s important to start filling it. This is an exciting phase of your life, but it could be boring if you don’t plan lots of stuff to do.
As we mentioned at the start, you could jet off on that trip, or you could keep things local. Golf, swimming and even a pinch of soccer could all be on your activity list. Or, perhaps try something new? Sculpting, orienteering and scuba diving are all activities that not enough people indulge in.