Aging Well Partners
- Mar 20
- 3 min
What Does “Age Well” Mean to You? Three Tips to Get You Prepared for Retirement
I often hear people say they want to age well, but what does that mean? For some, it means they want to maintain their independence as long as possible. Others, it is the desire to stay socially active and engaged in their community. Another group aspires to maintain good health and vitality. And then of course are the ones that want all of the above. Is that even possible? Absolutely!!
It’s important to stay connected and grounded with yourself and your community. This can be done in many ways, but some of my favorites include spending time outdoors hiking, camping, simply enjoying nature, being involved in social activities with friends or family; and taking time for prayer or meditation. These activities can’t be underrated in terms of the value they have in helping us stay connected to ourselves, while also connecting us with others.
Take the time to create islands of relaxation in your schedule. A great start is taking breaks during the day to do something you enjoy, such as reading a book, listening to music, taking a walk, or spending time with friends or family. It can also be accomplished by setting aside time each week or month for activities you love. Some great ideas are travelling, going out for dinner, seeing a movie, or taking a class. These help us rejuvenate and refresh, so we can continue our busy lives feeling energized and balanced.
Like food and water, it’s important to make time for yourself every day and exercise. You don’t need a lot of time and it can be accomplished by taking a few minutes each morning and evening to take a walk, perform yoga, prepare healthy foods, and get enough sleep. Taking time for yourself each day helps you stay centered and balanced so you can handle whatever life throws your way.
It’s never too early to start planning for retirement, and that includes thinking about where you want to live. The environment we live in is a huge factor in our happiness, but good news, you get to choose if you plan for it now.
As you age you should ask yourself where you want to live? In the city or in the country? Do you want to be close to family and friends or do you want more privacy? Do you want to be active and involved in the community or do you prefer a more relaxed lifestyle? Planning gives you choices to live your life on your terms, and we are lucky that San Diego County provides so many choices from the city to the beaches, the mountains and everywhere in between. Once you have a good idea of what you’re looking for, it’s time to start planning. I look forward to hearing from you about your plans for aging well.
TIPS to Age Well:
*Stay connected and grounded with yourself and your community
*Create islands of relaxation in your schedule
*Make time for yourself to exercise every day and enjoy a healthy diet
In 2001 Melina Rissone moved to San Diego from Germany. She has always led an active lifestyle and takes advantage of beautiful San Diego County today. She enjoys reading, camping, hiking, personal development, and yoga; but her calling has been to work with active adults and seniors who are preparing to right size their homes for retirement. She is a Senior’s Real Estate Specialist (SRES) broker in San Diego. She is an expert in the knowledge of guiding homebuyers and sellers over the age of 50 through major financial and lifestyle transitions. Melina feels blessed each day to come home to her beautiful daughter and German shepherd, Carlee. You can contact Melina Rissone, Broker Associate. DRE# 01498140 at www.MelinaRissone.com (619) 864-6017.