Clearly I’m beating the drum here in this third post on the issue of “life” planning as it affects the very much later years. I do admit, I’ve been walking my way into new terrain, contemplating and anticipating my old/old years, and musing about my journey in public space.
Life planning for the over 60 crowd is still planning for the “life” we want and hope to have. Although I once assumed that “death” didn’t ever need to be part of my planning portfolio as it was way too far off, I’m clearly finding the idea to have become less of an abstraction. Our dying, my dying, deserves some serious and practical attention. Continue reading
Personally, I’m neither old-old, critically ill, nor planning to die anytime soon. I’m still eagerly engaged in teaching projects that give me great satisfaction.
However, the recent unexpected death of my younger brother brought things into focus. His unanticipated demise gave my siblings and I a close look at the end of life practicalities, and how we can prepare a bit better for our own passings. His demise also happened to converge with the crescendo of interest in, and information about, this “new” wrinkle in “life” planning. Continue reading
For those of us over 60, the traditional notion of taking time for “life” planning has an added wrinkle. Yes, we still need to pay attention to engaging usefully and meaningfully in the world–perhaps even doing what we love while we have energy and interest. Yes, we still need to maintain our health and manage our financial security. Yes, we need to reflect on how we might manifest the many other elements that fulfill our own definitions of life satisfaction. But for those over 60, for whom a glimpse of mortality has entered the realm of the ponderables, there’s something more for which to plan. We need to plan for life quality and care at our inevitable ends, just as thoughtfully as for all of the rest of what we want.
And so, recently, I spent a lovely Sunday afternoon learning more about this new wrinkle to the notion of “life” planning. Continue reading