It’s a new world and people come into problems that nobody has ever had to face before. Particularly, a lot of people in their 40s and 50s are now tasked with having to care for both their elderly parents and their children. Reportedly, they’re called “the sandwich generation” because of this situation.
The Mistakes of Old
Many of those who comprised the elderly population today didn’t have the luxury of planning for retirement back then. More often than not, they didn’t know their options until they had already reached retirement age.
This can create some added stress for their middle-age children, as people who become their parents’ carers often need support while supporting their elderly loved ones. There’s a reason, after all, why it’s usually someone else’s job to do that — it requires a lot of hard work, and many people even have special qualifications with caring for the elderly.
So, when it’s your turn to be the one who’s cared for, wouldn’t you rather take things into your own hands now and plan for your own retirement in the future?
Aging with Grace and Dignity
There’s something empowering about having a sense of agency and control over your life, especially when you reach old age. By the time you reach your 60s or 70s, your body will not be what it once was. You can still live meaningfully, however, in an assisted living program where you can still move around of your own accord and make decisions for yourself.
These programs are in communities surrounded by similar folks, so like-minded people can be together and bask in their shared life experiences. The last few years of life don’t need to be a somber wait for death; you can use them by enjoying what’s left of it with things and hobbies that make you happy. It’s through joy that you can age gracefully and with dignity after all — and why not get a head start by retiring in your 50s?