One year ago, I made a lifestyle change. I went from a vegan diet to pescatarian diet. After adding fish over a year ago, I lost a few pounds. Then my wife and I decided to go on the keto diet together. I also started an exercise program. Seniors must exercise to stay physically and mentally fit to help prevent Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

Seniors also need to prepare financially. In the past, retirement money didn’t have to last that long. In 1965, men had a life expectancy of 68 years and women lived an average of 71 years. Men lived only three years in retirement; women, six years. Healthier lifestyles and advancements in science and medicine have now enabled retirees to live well into their 90s. So now our money has to last 20 to 30 years after we stop working.

Social Security, regular investments (stocks, mutual funds) and retirement plans (401(k)s, IRAs) must take into account this extended life span.

I will be 73 years old soon. My father is 97 years old. My mother passed away four years ago at age 93. I have three children, 10 grandchildren and 15 greatgrandchildren. I would like to spend many more years with them. I am ready.

Are you ready? Look at your options. Don’t spend your golden years in illness and poverty. Make plans now for a healthy, secure future.

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