Are you over 50, retired and bored? AARP has a suggestion: Mars
Today, they suggested Mars. It appears the ideal couple for this trip is over 50 and has been married long enough to get the kinks out. And since the round trip is only 501 days, if done in 2017, it is less time than you would spend with the Peace Corps. There are probably a few risks, but the Geezer, at 73, is already facing a few risks. Old age is the ideal time for new risks, a lot like your late teens and early 20’s.
There are a lot of plusses. Once you went through Mars “training” you would be in great shape. Your grandkids would really think you were “cool.” All social security could be banked/invested. It beats assisted living. You would have a lifetime of stories and could not only hit all the talk shows, but could “eat” off of your experience for the rest of your life. Any dementia, could be explained by the trip. You might run into a few aliens. And, of course, after the initial phases, it could solve the problem of what to do with old people; send them to Mars.
I can’t see a downside; and, at 73, that’s saying a lot. I expect a call from the Mar’s Mission at any moment.
Outsourcing is all the rage; but mostly has been defined as sending out work to reduce costs. If you are old you should outsource. The reason is to cut costs, but not just in monetary terms, but also in terms of health and wellbeing. You can’t afford to fall; fail to file taxes; or, miss important deadlines.
You have already outsourced. You didn’t do the surgery to implant your pacemaker, you outsourced the job to a surgeon. When you were younger you could do more things for yourself. It was no problem to climb up on the roof on an old ladder and lean over to get the leaves out of the gutter; but, at 73, NO! You can’t afford a fall. It will cost a lot and may be the beginning of the end.
What should you outsource? It depends on the individual, but you should consider the following:
- Anything that involves climbing or balancing.
- Financial care including preparation of your taxes.
- Medical care
- Memory related
Who should you outsource to:
- A spouse, unless s/he is near your age and condition.
- A child – hopefully you have a good relationship
- An accountant
- An attorney
- A close friend whom you trust
- A bank
- A handi-person
- Someone referred by a friend, neighbor or family member.
- Angie’s list
At what point do you outsource? Sooner rather than later.
What if you don’t outsource?
- It may cost you a lot more.
- It may affect your health.
- It will cause you anxiety.
- It may be the last thing you don’t do.
The biggest problem is that you think that you are still competent. You haven’t taken a long hard look in the mirror lately. And, you can be stubborn and obnoxious. The result is that you think you can do something that you can’t.
Think about it.