Despite the stigma around growing old, turning 55 opens up a wide variety of opportunities and benefits not available until now. You’ve lived and learned and contributed to society for your entire adult life, and now it’s time to reap the rewards!
Celebrate being 55 or older by taking advantage of these well-deserved perks.
Discounts and Savings
We know the term “senior citizen” may make you feel much older than 55. However, the discounts that come with this age are absolutely something you need to take advantage of! Inquire about how you can save at your favorite restaurants, movie theaters, grocery stores, and even airlines.
Another perk of turning 55 is being able to use your retirement savings penalty-free if you meet the criteria. This “separation from service” rule only applies to people your age and older.
Love of Learning
Did you know that many colleges and university offer free classes to people of a “certain age?” Perhaps you didn’t have the chance to go to college when you were young. Or, maybe you loved your collegiate career so much that you have always thought about going back to the classroom.
Continuing your education can be an easy thing to do in your fifties, and it is a great way to keep your mind sharp as you age. Simply contact your local university or college and ask about their program for non-credit courses!
Most young people don’t have a lot of money in the bank or assets to their name. As an older adult, you likely have both! The last couple decades have given you time to build up your finances, and in this society that means freedom.
Financial freedom at this age allows you to try new things and not break the bank while doing so. You have time and money to do whatever you feel like: travel to new places, purchase that expensive sofa, or go on date night to the fancy restaurant in town.
Friends and Family
In your twenties, you most likely lived in a place where you could find a friend at every turn: a college class, a coffee shop, a networking group. Friendships were abundant and available. As you age into your thirties and forties, however, priorities may shift to raising kids or creating a successful career, and friendships may not be as high on your list of priorities.
By your fifties, though, things can change. Chances are high that your kids are grown and out of your house, leaving you an empty-nester with more time on your hands. Use this time to rebuild old friendships or begin new ones with people in similar stages of life.
Active Adult Community Eligible
Creating meaningful relationships at 55 can be made easier in an active adult community. These spaces provide the chance for individuals with comparable life experiences to meet and cultivate the kind of friendships that last.
Communal activities and gathering spaces can assist in meeting like-minded people and help those relationships grow. These communities also allow you to personalize your home in order to create the ideal space for getting together with the people you love and the people you want to get to know more.
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