You receive emails, mailings, continual TV ads, infomercials, and friends telling you, “Stay Healthy”. And as we age, this becomes more important, but it also becomes more challenging. But like anything else, getting past the “Nah” factor and starting and continuing an exercise program is the first step. There are many places you can find info on exercise programs; WebMD, Mayo, etc., but you should always start with your doctor, who knows your health history and can recommend a program.
While the tangible component of your legacy is something that can be touched and be a visible reminder of you, it will indelibly bring up memories. That special trip; that special saying; that attitude; that laugh. And, since we’re human, there may be some negatives. But on balance, positive. So, your intangible legacy will be a combination of experiences people had with you, discussions you have had, lessons you provided, but most of all, how you approached situations, friendships, adversity, etc., which didn’t come with a playbook, but rather your individual manner of handling various circumstances. This is what will live on in memories.
There are many things to consider when planning the long lasting, tangible items you would like to leave others. This is very personal work, since it will be a physical remembrance and is something that will remain with the recipients forever. It may be something they can touch, look upon, utilize or even pass down to others. It may also come with some words from you as to its use or how you would like to see it cared for in the future. Here’s a list of tangible items you may leave others and we will address each one individually…
Are you counting on your living expenses taking a nosedive in retirement? If so, you might be surprised to learn that most seniors only spend $1,000 less per month than their younger counterparts, for an average monthly spending of $3,800. The reason behind seniors’ high spending isn’t that they’re living large in retirement. Rather, it’s because while spending decreases in some categories, it goes up in others. And unfortunately, the categories where costs rise are some of the most expensive.