Who Will Change My Light Bulbs?
|From the Osram Sylvania Catalog|
The deeper version of the question really refers to long term home maintenance. Our current house was built about 1920 so it has plenty of maintenance issues. Our present plan is to spend the next 4-5 years fixing anything that might make it hard to sell. We did the kitchen about 4 years ago and have started work on the bathroom.
Somewhere around 2020 we plan to sell and move to a row house in South Philly. Ideally that house will have been recently remodeled, but we should have enough money to take care of almost anything before we move in. Any appliances more than 10 years old will be replaced, and of course we'll fill the light sockets with high efficiency LEDs.
As for outdoor maintenance, our plans will make things like mowing the lawn a thing of the past. At most we'll have 25 feet or so of sidewalk to shovel on the few days it actually snows here anymore.
How Will I Get an Ice Cream Cone?
|The Italian Market|
Who Will I have Lunch With?
Well, there's always Beth! We don't plan to move until neither of us must work.
It will come as no surprise to anyone who knows me that I have plans to take courses again at Penn (though much re-study of Greek and Latin will come first). I'll almost certainly volunteer at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and I suspect Beth has some ideas as well. Center City Philadelphia is packed with theaters and various supporting groups that should supply plenty of good company.
When, as is inevitable, one of us dies we hope the remaining spouse will be able to move near our son and his family and come to a reasonably comfortable end.
What Could Derail Us:
- A serious injury or illness to either of us while we're still working.
- Very high interest rates when we want to sell our house
Many of the issues mentioned in the linked article are related to senior isolation (due to living in suburbs and rural areas) and lack of any serious planning. Having a wife who's a geriatric nurse has tended to make me (I think) somewhat more aware of the issues of old age and (I hope) able to make some plans to mitigate them.