Manage finances for old age: boot camp for the bonus years

“Manage finances for old age” was the fourth task in my boot camp for the bonus years. I was 75 and likely to live to 98: would my retirement savings last that long? I had no idea. I really, really didn’t want to listen to a financial adviser. Yet now, with a realistic budget and a sound financial plan, I know where I stand.

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Fit and strong in old age: exercise, obviously

I wanted to be fit and strong in old age. So how was I doing with exercise? I’m Rachel McAlpine and I’m learning how to be old. Let me tell you how I audited my exercise habits and started to fix them. Strange to say, it wasn’t difficult. Using BJ Fogg’s approach I’ve done pretty well by joining a gym) and starting some tiny habits.

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Food for aging: parsley, peas and pills

When I was 75, I audited my eating habits. Then I started a few tiny habits for better nutrition. I’m Rachel McAlpine and I’m tweaking my food now for my aging body and brain, investing in a happy old age in the future.

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A safe, shareable, shipshape home

The first task in my boot camp for the bonus years was to audit and adapt my apartment for old age. I do own my apartment which makes me very privileged and grateful. I love my home and try to treat it well. But was it sufficiently safe, shareable, and shipshape for the very old person that I would one day be?

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Shaping your own old age

WIth the prospect of longevity, I wanted to do something to improve my chances of a happy, healthy old age. It was an enormous goal, so I broke it into 12 modules and tiny actions. I would be shaping my own old age.

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