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Planning your future

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Whether you're 50 or 75, retired or about to retire, you need a plan. What are you going to do with the rest of your life?

Have you saved enough for retirement? When will you retire? How will you make sure your money lasts? And what will you do with all that time you suddenly have?

It's also important to make sure you have a plan for your long-term health needs. Read on to learn more about planning your future.

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  • Age Page: Getting Your Affairs in Order External Website Policy - This brochure discusses the steps you can take to prepare for the future. In addition, it includes information about important legal documents such as wills and trusts, advanced directives, power of attorney, and living wills.
  • Legal and Financial Issues for People with Alzheimer’s Disease: A Resource List - Families face a variety of challenges when a loved one develops Alzheimer’s disease (AD) or a related disorder, including coping with legal and financial issues. This resource list provides an overview of helpful brochures, handbooks, tool kits, and other materials to help people with AD and their caregivers make appropriate decisions.
  • Living Wills and Advance Directives: Tools for Medical Wishes (Copyright © Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research) External Website Policy - Living wills are one part of advance directives and describe your medical treatment preferences in end-of-life situations. This publication provides you with information on living wills and other advance directives.
  • Planning for End-of-Life Care Decisions - By deciding what end-of-life care best suits your needs when you are healthy, you can help those close to you make the right choices when the time comes. This article discusses ways in which to make this transition as smooth as possible.
  • There's No Place Like Home — For Growing Old - Though some tasks — like climbing the stairs — might get harder as you grow older, these challenges do not mean you have to move out of your home. With the right preparation, you can stay at home. This publication provides tips and advice for making your home a safe and enjoyable place to be.

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Content last updated: August 12, 2010.

Resources last updated: July 16, 2013.

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