Aging in Place

Aging Gracefully Expo

Aging Gracefully Expo

Please join us for a community education even to empower you and your family to age gracefully in South Dakota.

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5 promises to yourself you should make and keep

5 promises to yourself you should make and keep

You make promises to yourself. Sometimes you keep them; sometimes you don’t. At the beginning of every year, millions of people make resolutions they already know they won’t stick with. Sometimes we try to trick ourselves that we’ll lose those last 10 pounds or we’ll volunteer our time more; and sometimes we just know we won’t do it as we make the promise. Well now that those resolutions are likely swept under the rug, why not think about the future? Why not plan ahead? And why not, instead, make promises to yourself to take a few steps now to ensure you have the future that you are dreaming about. Keep these promises to yourself Below are several promises to yourself you should make and keep this year. Start the habit today of being better to yourself. Promise #1: Write down your dreams, wishes and plans for retirement – We have it all in our heads, usually, the day dreams of playing golf every afternoon, sunning on the beach or even spending time with or taking care of our kids and grandkids in the years to come. Whatever your dreams include, put them on paper. Look at them. Hang them up even and let them inspire you as you plan for that reality. Perhaps they are not so far-fetched. These are your goals, and all they take are so really good planning. If you’re already retired, still do this exercise as it will continue to help you keep focused on your future. Promise #2: Review your financial status – All of your dreams and plans will require financial planning – and early and often! You can start by reviewing your income and then checking balances of all of your accounts, retirement plans / pensions, stocks, etc. Once your assessment is complete, make an appointment to talk to a financial planner. A certified financial planner can advise you on how to save and grow your money. Make an appointment with a financial planner to discuss your current status and future plans. If you already are retired, continually review your financial status and make sure any investments are meeting your needs and expectations. Promise #3: Speak with your family – It’s important to share your plans with your family especially in case of an emergency and they need to step in on your behalf. Understanding your wishes and plans will help them...

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