October 13, 2016
Retirement – Event or Process? Part III
Stage IV- “Late Retirement” (80 and up)
In late retirement, medical spending will tend to be the highest, as it is the latest years of life. Medicare will cover some of your expenses, but you’ll still have out-of-pocket costs for copayments, deductibles, coinsurance and/ or prescriptions. You’ll also have expenses to consider if you decide to move to an assisted living facility, nursing home or hire a home health aide. If you have long-term care insurance, it will ease the burden of any nursing-home or home health aide bills.
Finally, looking at what you have left, you’ll need to think about what you want to spend during your lifetime and what you want to leave to others. Make sure any charitable bequests are in place.
The Bottom Line
Retirement is an in depth process, as well as an important life event. In a best-case scenario, your savings will need to last three decades or more. The expenses at each stage of retirement are associated with how you choose to spend your time, where you decide to live, and your health. If you take these factors into account and evaluate how they will change throughout your retirement, you can budget accordingly.
At each stage, spend the time to crunch the numbers and draw up your budgets: it’s the best way to understand where you are and what to do next. And as always, we at Gainplan are ready to assist you in helping ask the right questions, as well as getting those questions answered.
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