“My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was 60. She’s 97 now, and we don’t know where the heck she is.” Ellen DeGeneres
Life after work offers more opportunities than ever before. Like so much else in life, a fulfilled retirement doesn’t happen by chance. It takes planning. It takes experience. Lucky that's something you already have. Whether you’ve got plans for another career, more time to visit relatives abroad or to read the collected works of Patrick White, you’re still going to need to know where the funds are coming from.
Things to think about at this stage
Whatever your goals, doing the legwork before you retire minimises any surprises. Most people think about access to health care, the cost of living and what government benefits are available. Remember also to factor in the things that make you happy, or you plan to take up, once you have more time. These are a good place to start, with AMP’s retirement needs calculator.
Managing your money in retirement
Although most people expect to spend less when they stop working, that’s not automatically the case, particularly if you’re in good health. What you spend will depend on your goals as well as thinking about your legacy for your family. As with all financial planning, remember to consider both what’s likely to come in as well as go out.
Consider professional advice
Some financial advisers specialise in aged care and can help you work out the right way forward for you or your loved ones. Here you can find an adviser near you. Your adviser will discuss any fees and costs associated before proceeding.
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