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Family and pets

There are always those finer details to consider in your retirement years. Our families and our pets are so important to us, and retiring doesn’t always mean that you have to say goodbye to your family pet. Many retirement villages allow pets nowadays. They also have options for family to come and stay. Be sure to find out before you make the final purchase.

Pets

Adopting or fostering a pet is not for everyone. There are many issues to consider before becoming a pet owner:

Consider the size of the pet and the activity level that they will require.
Consider the cost of having a pet and whether you can afford it.
Also consider your health status and if you will have someone to look after your pet if you become ill or desire to travel.

Nevertheless, having a pet in your life can improve your quality of life:

Dog ownership in particular, encourages us to get outdoors each day and go for a walk. This can also lead to social interactions with other pet owners.
Pet ownership offers companionship, and something to love and give attention too.
Pet ownership can also keep you fit and healthy. That is, if you have a pet that requires walking and getting outdoors.

If traveling is a part of your retirement, there are now several caravan parks and camping sites that are pet friendly. But then again, if you want to go on a long cruise or stay in a 5 star hotel, you might want to hunt around for a reliable pet sitter. There are many reputable pet sitting businesses in most major cities, though it might prove to be more of a challenge if you are from a rural community.

Elderly man sitting with his dog

Family

Nowadays, people often plan for their retirement, factoring in how they might be called upon to help out their adult children, their ageing parents or other family and friends:

  • In modern times, grown-up children often rely on parents for child minding so that they can work. Additionally, they could also require financial support in times of need.
  • At the opposite end of the spectrum, people are living longer. Entering into retirement can incorporate caring and supporting elderly parents too. Ageing parents will possibly need physical support, increased emotional support, and sometimes financial support.

Although this may not be the case for everyone, supporting families may need to be factored into the bottom line for some, both financially and in relation to time management during your retirement years.

On a positive note, retirement can bring about time that you have longed for in order to spend it with family members. Let’s acknowledge that spending time with family and staying connected is an important and desired part of ageing for many people.

Elderly woman with her grandchild