Life Expectancy and Retirement

Life Expectancy and Retirement

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May was Older Americans Month, and in our series of articles on retirement and older Americans, here is something to take into account - life expectancy. 

It may sound like an obvious thing to say, but life expectancy is something to think about when planning your retirement. On average, 60-year-old Americans can expect to live another 20 or 25 years, depending on their gender and other variables. And most Baby Boomers can also count on a couple of extra years free of disease and disability compared to 60-year olds of just 15 years ago due to improved medical treatments. 

Obviously, there is no way of telling exactly how long one will live, but in planning your retirement, having an educated guess of how long your savings should last you, will outweigh the unexpected happening. 

“Plan for the worst and hope for the best.”

Life expectancy numbers show an average for the population that was studied, so it doesn’t reflect your personal situation. The healthier you are and the healthier your lifestyle choices, the longer you are likely to live. So, if you figure that you have a good chance of living until 90, then your retirement assets will need to last you through those years. 

This may determine what sort of retirement activities you can afford or what things you wish to pursue. Whether it’s caring for your grandchildren, or traveling to the arctic and watching the glaciers calve, RVing across America, or sipping cocktails on a tropical beach, these are questions you’ll need to ask yourself. 

One thing you may want to consider is spending time with people you are fond of. Research shows that seniors who spend time with family and friends in their retirement years are happier. And we’ve all heard that happiness and health are intimately connected. 

Another thing that will have an effect on your happiness is reducing the stress of worrying about your retirement income. Find out what your reliable Social Security income will be, and how much you are due through retirement savings accounts. Putting together a budget and staying on top of your spending habits will go a long way to set your mind at ease, knowing what money is available to you, and eliminating sleepless nights. 

All these things can contribute to a longer and healthier retirement. 



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