Invest maximum time & money when our parents are young & able!

Published: February 22, 2019 at 10:55 am

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Here is why we should invest time and money as much as possible when our parents are young and able, else it may be too late to rectify. If you are under 35, that is a young earner, then this post is for you. If you are above that age, then you are likely to agree with me out of experience!

You may wonder what is the relationship between what I invest and how I spend my time with the health and ability of my parents. Fair enough. This post is about some eventualities in our lives and why we need to be aware about them and prepare for them as best as we can.

Invest maximum time & money when our parents are young & able!

Your Life Changes Many Times in a lifetime!

If you look back, there would be a handful of times when your life changed: when you changed schools or went from school to college or from college to a job. When you got married, when you became a parent and so on. Another such an event is when your parents move into the evening of their lives. This is when their activities slow down. They have lifestyle induced diseases like diabetes, heart issues or worse syndromes, disorders, malignancies etc.

Then, they would begin depend on you – physically, emotionally, financially. This typically happens when they cross 55, 60 or when you cross 35, 40. The parents that we knew all our lives will suddenly change to somebody else – not suddenly but over years.

This implies that there is a sudden demand on our time and/or money and this can be a difficult change to make. More than money, time is the problem. We may need to change our schedules, change jobs or even move from another city or another country. Money-wise there will be a sudden increase in recurring expenses as we may need to buy more medication, hire therapists or care-givers. Also many senior citizens do not have adequate health insurance.

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So this could be a huge drain on our resources (and theirs). If so, investing will take a back-seat. Even income could take a back-seat. Eg. if you are someone who earn from contracts, caring for parents may force you to take on less work.

Make the most of “today”

If you parents are independent and able today, all I am saying is the above is a possibility. There is no need to get scare for it and it is impossible to prepare for it. All you can do now is:

  1. Invest as much as possible for your long-term goals. Cut down expenses and invest
  2. Invest your time into things you always wanted to do. Later on you may not have the time to do them.
  3. Make your parents dreams come true. When they are mobile, take them on holidays. Take them on a flight if that is new to them.This is my biggest regret as explained in the vide version below
  4. Set up a secondary source of income so that it might be a fall-back option if you have to work from home.

Why a secondary income is important

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  1. Completely agree with sir. From almost 0 Rs, now I am spending somewhere around 10 -15k per month and occasional hospitalisation expenses too in a matter of 2 years. Getting all the basics done before 35 is an absolute must.

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