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        Planning for the Future










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        Age Concern, when dealing with clients on the Costa del   Such places are fine when driving is an option, or
        Sol, find that many older people have no concept of what   where regular public transport is available, but when
        the future, and in particular their well-being, may hold.   an older person has neither available, possibly through
        Various research carried out shows that from the age of   the death of a partner, isolation becomes a sentence,
        seventy eight people’s well being tends to deteriorate,   not a pleasure.                                                                                                   Perfect Sundowners & Tapas
        leading to increasing health and mobility problems. Many   Planning for the future, at any age, is an essential part                                                                     12.30 to 18.30 hrs
        older people who moved to Spain, drawn by the quality   of life. People, along with their families, need to
        of life and the weather, now find that they have become   understand that age will catch up and make that part                                                              Reservations recommended telephone: 952 80 24 31
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        isolated, either because of living in the countryside or   of the planning process. Accessibility to shops, the
        living in isolated apartment blocks.                  doctors, the dentist, etc., and being able to be an
                                                              active part of the local community, have to be built into
                                                              the long term future of everybody assuming that there
                                                              is no car, or local transport, at hand.
                                                              The ideal spot to live at thirty five looks very different
                                                              at seventy five. As an example Mr. and Mrs. A. decided
                                                              to move to Spain and settled on the Estepona area as
                                                              a lovely place to live. They searched high and low
                                                              (literally) for the ideal home and were enchanted by
                                                              many of the outlying villages where peace and
                                                              serenity ruled. However they also took a look into the
                                                              future and saw themselves struggling to drive on some
                                                              of the roads to the doctors/shops etc., and envisaged
                                                              a time when even their driving on the Spanish roads
                                                              would be deemed unacceptable. So they decided to
                                                              live on a bus route with a regular service, and within
                                                              easy walking distance of all that they would need
                                                              – hence they are now happily ensconced in an
                                                              urbanisation with both of those needs met.
                                                              The point here is to think ahead, and plan ahead – if
                                                              possible. Simple steps now can avoid problems that
                                                              elderly people commonly face – isolation, loneliness,
                                                              helplessness, depression and untreated health
                                                              problems. Of course thinking ahead is not a solution to
                                                              everything, but, accepting that old age comes to us all,
                                                              is a step in the right direction.
                                                              For more information or advice take a look at
                                                              www.ageconcernesteponaandmanilva.org


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