Tips to Help You Prepare for Retirement after a Long Career

If you have been working in the same field for several years and are now ready to punch the ticket toward the journey to relaxation, there are some points you may want to consider. When you have had a long successful career, and you retire, life as you know it may become very different. That is not to say you should not retire, but as you think about closing one chapter and opening another, there are some steps you can take to be better prepared.

Take Stock of Your Finances
Most people who retire can't help but worry their financial future. If your home needs repairs, try to take care of those while you still have a full-time salary. It may be time to update your vehicle or make sure you have enough in savings for those cruises you want to plan. Once you have major purchases out of the way, you can make a budget for the amount of money you will receive in retirement.

Take a Serious Look at your Benefits

While employed, you may have access to fringe benefits like a flexible spending plan for health care costs, free or low-cost life insurance, dental care, eye care, health insurance, and other perks. Once you retire, several of these employer-sponsored benefits may end, leaving you to pay higher premiums if you want to keep them.
If you have needs such as dental care, eyeglasses, or have been putting off surgery, take care of these issues while you have good insurance coverage through your employer. Your level of coverage could change after retirement. If you can get a three-month supply of prescriptions, get them filled before you retire. You will have a few months where you won't have to worry about paying out of your pocket for medications. Taking care of these medical needs before retirement will free up money that you may need when you no longer work full-time.

Consider Your Overall Health

Along with looking at your finances and benefits, look into your overall and general health as well. While you can’t plan for everything like deteriorating diseases or accidents, if you realize you may need additional help with long term care. You can start saving up for medications or doctor visits, or maybe even look into facilities like Sunshine Retirement Living where you can stay in the long term after surgeries or even just to spend your golden years in Florida comfort.

Decide what to do With Spare Time
Plan for how you will spend your new free time. You will have lots of it on your hands now, and you may need to develop a new circle of friends. Some retirees find that taking a part-time job, doing freelance work, or volunteering helps them ease into their new lifestyle better. Others serve as babysitters for their grandchildren or help elderly family members by running errands or transporting them to appointments. The key is to find something to do that is meaningful to you.


Planning for your retirement can be a bit daunting. There is so much to think about, and many changes will be taking place in a short period of time. Look at these tips and others to see how you can better ease yourself into a situation you are more comfortable with.

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