When I think of growing old, I think of hobbies, sunshine and family. Of course, all of that takes some planning and foresight. In order to fulfill those hobbies and enjoy visiting with family, you need to nurture those relationships and keep yourself healthy.
Now is the perfect time to start planning. Spend quality time with the people you care about. Plan to keep your body and your mind in tip top shape. Exercise daily. If you don't know how, look into it. A good place to start is by talking to your doctor or visiting a certified trainer at your local gym.
If you need help figuring out how to eat well, visit a nutritionist or take some cooking classes. Plant a garden or visit your local farmer's market.
Plan to put aside enough money to retire comfortably and plan to take care of any medical or living situations that might arise. A good financial planner can help you with this, and many people have been through the planning process and have great advice to share. Many have even retired and would probably love to share their stories with you.
There are so many senior living options available these days. There are so many more options beyond your traditional nursing homes and in home assistance. Do you want to stay in your current home or do you want to downsize? Do you want to move where it's warmer or do you want to travel the world?
It's worth exploring the options for senior care resources now while you're still young. Or if you're no longer young, then time is of the essence. It might even be time to look into elder care resources for your parents or aunts and uncles.
Planning for your relatives will give you the insight and information needed to plan for yourself. Remember - an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Take care of your body and mind and prepare for your financial and residential future.