Many of our clients and their families have suffered profoundly from this disease. Dementia devastates those who suffer from the illness and also those who care for them. This is undoubtedly one of the most frightening diagnoses that any of us could imagine.
Cassidy is only 66 years old. As a certified financial planner, I can’t help but try to learn from this tragedy, and carry away some better understanding of how I can help my clients manage their financial resources to enjoy more fulfilling and satisfying lives.
As the one in the room who usually argues in favor of “saving more” and “spending less,” let me now put myself on the other side of the table.
What might we do differently if we knew that we had only five years, or ten years, before losing ourselves to Alzheimer’s? What would we do, or change, about our lives today if we knew this were our future?
I think most of us would try to do a better job of living our dreams today, rather than putting everything off for the future. So let’s work on finding that balance between today and tomorrow. Maybe that means less stress and more fun. Less work and more travel. Take up a new hobby, spend more time with friends and family, finally sign up for that yoga class. Whatever it is that you’ve been putting off, take a small step toward bringing it closer to today.
Message from your financial planner: “Maybe it’s time to go live it up a little bit more!”