The Future

We are Always Searching

within-ourselvesAs seniors living in this century, we look to the future with a perspective based on decades of profound experience. Still, there are no clear models to embrace and the path is less defined as are the challenges we will face.

We all want to take hold of our own futures and move forward with intention, but it requires more specific planning than when we were younger: How do we continue to lead meaningful lives? And how do we define what help we might need and who will provide it? Ultimately, the responsibility for figuring this out and acting on it is our own, gathering and distilling information, advocating on behalf of ourselves, and determining where we can make a meaningful contribution.

Click here for Marian’s Strategic Planning Template.

Click here to view a sample of a completed Strategic Planning Template.

In Marian’s Voice

Legacy. Yes, it’s about finances, but what else?

My first thoughts about legacy are basic – the need to document assets and have legal papers in order. Next, I must make clear my wishes should I become incapacitated or die. I must decide which physical items and the stories that are attached to them are important for others to know : pieces of jewelry, photos, a song. But most important and long-lasting are the less tangible gifts I want to leave to my children and grandchildren such as the memories I have of my mother as a forthright, clear-headed person who lived in a time when independence was not so highly valued for women.


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About Marian

Marian Leah Knapp, Ph.D., wants to start a new conversation about “aging with intent.” Much of what is written about elders is from the point of view of physicians, psychiatrists, gerontologists, and adult children. In her roles as author, columnist, speaker and elder activist, Marian is reporting from the front lines.
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