Aging is as unpredictable as it is inevitable. Which is precisely why it is critical to make plans while you’re capable to experience the best of your longevity dividend — however long it may be.
Regardless of your glass half-full or half-empty perspective, it is sensible to anticipate living long enough to experience some degree of physical or mental challenges.
CHECK ONLINE — Whether for yourself or a family member or friend, there are plenty of reputable, unbiased resources to turn to for edification and assistance, including these comprehensive government sources:
READ BOOKS — Amazon can be an endless rabbit hole of information, but you can start with checking into “aging well” under books. Anything by Dr. Robert N. Butler is for sure a worthwhile read. In fact, his classic Why Survive earned a Pulitzer Prize.
Also excellent, When the Time Comes by Paula Span offers concise and constructive insights. The book shares the practical challenges, struggles and solutions of a handful of the millions and millions of Americans currently involved in the care of older family members. In the field of “aging,” Span is one of the most prolific writers and authoritative voices. The career journalist currently writes “The New Old Age” column for The New York Times.
IF NOT YOU, WHO?
The bottom line: You can wait until an “event” occurs, forcing immediate need for aging-related support or services. And, in worse cases, obliging reliance on others to make very personal health and care decisions on your behalf.
Or … while healthy and not under duress, you can take some time to identify go-to resources for various scenarios and take pro-active steps to maximize your aging experience.
It’s your call, but just for the time being.