8 Simple Steps to a Secure Future

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There is much to consider when planning for the later years of life and it feels overwhelming to some, but it doesn’t have to be! In this episode, TL Johnson shares his 8 step plan. Bookmark this episode – there are a lot of easy and practical steps you will want to apply to your own life plan! (Full Blog Post)

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TL’s 8 Steps

TL’s 8 Steps to a Secure Retirement
  1. Make a commitment to successful aging
  2. Have a conversation with your spouse/partner – being on the same page is an important component of your life plan
  3. Define Your Passions – both as individuals and as a couple
  4. Do A Financial Assessment – where are you and where do you need to be
  5. Plan for Good Health – adopt a healthy lifestyle and make decisions now possible needs in your later years
  6. Develop Your Plan – consider what you want each stage of your life to look like and who will help you make that a reality
  7. Take Action and Get Started – Set specific goals and tell the important people in your life
  8. Remain Flexible – be open to growth and development in new areas and change lanes when needed

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Liz Craven

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As I’ve been preparing to launch this podcast I’ve enjoyed revisiting stages of my own life and reflecting on how this topic became such a passion for me. While I’ve built my career on helping older adults and their families connect to needed education and resources, my connection to the aging and care process goes much deeper.

Some of my earliest childhood memories are of my own multi-generational family living together in one home. I was 4 or 5 when my grandmother moved into our home to help care for my sisters and I while our parents worked. Soon after, her father and grandfather moved in as well. We had 5 generations living under one roof! That was a beautifully chaotic adventure and knowing what I know now, I have so much respect for what my parents and grandmother did.

Fast forward to age 24. Newly married and pregnant with our first child, I spent several months with my in-laws to help care for my husband’s grandmother who had Alzheimer’s. Fast forward again to about 2009 – Wes and I have two teenagers about to head to college and his mother is diagnosed with cancer. Several years later, my mother is diagnosed with cancer. Several years after that Wes’ stepdad is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and his father is suffering from severe dementia. You can see where this is going right? For the better part of the last 10 years we have been the caregivers. We see it as an honor and privilege to have been able to do that for our parents.

The key to navigating our later years is being proactive about gathering information before we get there and staying engaged once we do. To be sage is to be wise. There is wisdom in taking the time to ask questions, seek solutions and know your options before the need arises.

Each week we will discuss relevant topics of aging with experts who can help us to understand and be better prepared for aging. We’ll also introduce you to some Sage Agers who are totally owning their journeys through life. No topic will be off limits and we will deliver open and honest conversation meant to educate and empower our listeners. Each episode will also be available in video and blog formats.

Whether you are proactively seeking to broaden your own knowledge, a caregiver for a loved one or a professional working in the aging care industry, this podcast is for you. We hope you will join us as we explore and celebrate Sage Aging.