Whether this is your first marriage or not, getting hitched in your golden years makes this time of your life even more exciting and romantic. While every marriage takes lots of love and hard work, there are certain subjects that take priority when you tie the knot later in life. Following these four recommendations from Lifestage will help you navigate your new marriage and make the most of your life together.
1. Consider a Honeymoon Registry
Since you are enjoying your golden years, there is a good chance you do not need the appliances and equipment that younger couples need when they wed. Instead of registering for gifts, create a honeymoon fund that guests can donate to.
According to one article, the typical honeymoon costs couples $4470. No matter what your age, this is a good chunk of money. Unless there are numerous household items you need, let your guests ease the cost of this romantic vacation by creating a honeymoon fund.
2. Have Discount Date Nights
Date nights are an important part of any marriage. Continuing to date your spouse after saying "I do" shows you value spending time with him or her, keeps the spark alive, and grows intimacy.
One of the fantastic things about being more along in years is that you can take advantage of senior discounts. Restaurants, museums, movie theaters, and numerous other venues offer senior discounts; search online to find ones in your area. Plan a few date nights each month and hit up a different discounted place each time.
3. Try Each Other's Interests
Whatever hobby your significant other enjoys, make an effort to participate with him or her. Not only does it show your spouse that he or she is a priority but you may even find a new pastime that you enjoy!
You might discover that you both work really well together at a certain hobby. If this is the case, a fantastic way to share each other's interests, spend time together and pad your income is by starting a company together. Online articles provide overviews of what steps are needed to start a business.
No matter what product or service you sell, be sure to market your company. While commercials and print advertisements are a great way to target your local area, social media is a wonderful way to market to a broader pool of consumers. Create an attractive website for this online traffic.
A striking infographic on your website increased brand awareness for your business. While a graphic designer provides a professional touch, you can save money when you design custom infographics using a free online tool. Once you choose a template, make it your own by adding a background, text, colors, and design elements.
4. Revamp Your Home
Between the two of you, there is probably a good amount of stuff accumulated over the years. Before moving everything into your new home, decide what each of you will keep and get rid of.
Once completed, walk through your home together to determine what furniture goes where; keep in mind a smooth flow and open walkways make for a safer and easier transition from room to room. If one of you has trouble with stairs, consider installing an electric chair on the stairs or moving your primary living quarters to the main floor.
No matter how long you and your significant other have been together, a wedding during your golden years makes this time of your life even more spectacular. Follow these four tips to help your marriage thrive and stay strong.
Guest Author Millie Jones www.seniorwellness.info
Most people would never consider moving without their beloved pet. This is just as true for those considering a move to assisted living. Luckily enough many assisted living communities welcome your furry friends. Pet policies differ slightly from community to community but here are a few things they will be looking at.
Health and wellness of your pet
It is no surprise that an assisted living community will take health into consideration. You will likely need to present your pet's examination and immunization records from a licensed veterinarian. The vet will need to verify that your pet is free of any diseases that could be transmissible to humans or other animals in the community.
Size of your pet
Many communities will have a weight limit on the size of pets they will allow into the community. 35 pounds seems to be a common cutoff point, but this is not a hard and fast rule in all assisted living communities.
Demeanor of your pet
Your pet will likely need an assessment from a staff member to consider your pets overall behavior. Aggressive tendencies such as growling or nipping at a person could be a deal breaker. Also excessive noise such as barking, howling or in the case of a bird, squawking could disturb other residents and might result in an eviction notice for your pet.
Age and training
Most communities require that dogs and cats be at least one year old and be house broken or litter trained.
Before you move a pet into assisted living there are several other factors to consider:
1. Is there an additional pet deposit? If so, is it refundable?
2. Is there an additional monthly fee?
3. Who will care for the pet if your health declines or you are away from the community for an extended period of time?
4. Has your pet become accustomed to coming and going through a pet door? If so will your pet be able to adjust to going outside with you while on a leash?
5. Can you still adequately care for the pet? Some communities are able to assist with pet care in a limited capacity. Ask what they will be able to assist with and if that will suite the needs of you and your pet.
There are numerous benefits of pet ownership, especially for seniors. Those who miss a spouse or friends who have passed or who are generally depressed or lonely can find joy in the companionship and love of a pet. Pets require exercise and can encourage seniors to be more active which can keep their muscles, bones, joints, and minds healthy. They can also reduce boredom and keep residents engaged. The companionship can contribute a lot to happiness which can easily contribute to overall health and wellness. So if you are considering assisted living consider bringing a furry friend!