Guide to an Affordable Later
Lifestyle - Introduction
One of the two most commonly expressed concerns about our
later lifestyle is that of money.
We are concerned that we will
not be able to afford to maintain our standard of living and to
do all those things that we would really like to do now that we
have finished full-time work and retired.
This is partly, at
least, why some people become a little socially isolated in
their later life and don't enjoy themselves as much as they
should: they think that they can't afford to.
Whilst it can't be denied that money always helps, it is not
true that we necessarily need lots of money to do the things in
later life that will help us to enjoy it.
Those things are:
- To keep fit physically
- To keep fit mentally
- To have social contact with a network of family and friends
- To have things to do that will provide enjoyment, satisfaction and fulfilment
The achievement of those four things will enable us to enjoy
our later lifestyle. The question is, 'How do we do it if our
financial situation is limited?' Maybe we can't do everything
that we would like to, if we had unlimited funds, but that
shouldn't preventus from doing some of them and being able to
achieve the four criteria for enjoying our later lifestyle. We
will need to put a bit of thought into it, to ensure that we are
making the best choices for us as individuals, but, potentially,
there is a happy later lifestyle awaiting us, even if we don't
have lots of money.
So read the rest of the Guide and get some ideas about how to form the basis
for a happy and healthy later lifestyle without having to spend too much money
on it. If you have any ideas of your own that we can add to this Guide, please