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5 Steps To Achieving The Perfect Retirement Lifestyle

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We all look forward to retiring and stopping work in the future but what will the perfect retirement lifestyle look like?

Well, this will vary from person to person, so it’s up to you to decide what this will be for you.

But no matter what the specifics are, there are a few things you should be mindful of when planning ahead for this.

Think About What You Want Out Of Retirement

When you’re planning for retirement, your starting place should be what you want to do with your retirement. Are you looking to travel the world, see new places and live the jet-setting high life? If so then you’ll be in need of a much higher retirement income than if you are looking to chill out and potter around the garden.

Plan Ahead Of Time Financially

Once you’ve got a plan for what you would like to do with your retirement, you can start setting financial aims. Think about what you would like to achieve by looking at the income you’ll need.

You can easily work out what sort of money you’ll need to put away each month in your pension pot by using an online retirement calculator. This shouldn’t be the end of your financial planning and tracking, but it’ll give you a good indication of where you’re at and how much you need to save.

Think About Your Medical Requirements

It’s no secret that as we age, we’re more likely to need medical assistance in our day to day lives. Which means more doctors appointments, medications and even hospital visits. These should be factored into your pension planning.

It’s good to be mindful of any existing conditions you have and how you’re going to manage them, such as diabetes or any mobility issues. You will be eligible for Medicare as you get older and it is important to get a good agent to manage this for you to ensure you are getting the best possible treatment for you.

Understand Your Family Situation

Are you going to be living near family? If so, are they going to be able to help support you? Or are they expecting childcare support with grandchildren?

Family is very important as we approach old age. It can be easy to slip into loneliness and isolation, through bereavement or even a lack of mobility. Instead of letting this worry you, keep your family in mind when you plan your retirement. Make sure you have the support you want.

Consider The Best Living Arrangements

Are you going to stay in your current house? This might seem like a no-brainer right now, but if you have a large house or a house over several floors, it might not be the ideal fit for you during your retirement.

You can free up a good amount of cash to enjoy in your retirement if you downsize to a home that suits your needs better as you get older. Depending on your current situation, that may even factor into a home you buy long before you plan to retire!

 

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