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Embracing Independence: The Benefits of Not Living with Your Adult Children

July 24, 20232 min read

As we approach the so-called  “golden years” of our lives, it is natural to contemplate the living arrangements that would best suit our changing needs and desires. 

Traditionally, it was common for aging parents to move in with their children, forming multigenerational households.  

However, in today's rapidly evolving world, this option tends to happen only when financially necessary.

With good planning and good health, maintaining one’s independence is a goal many of our clients prefer.   As we age, it is vital to retain control over our lives and decisions, fostering a sense of self-worth and autonomy.  Living independently allows us to continue pursuing our passions, hobbies, and interests without feeling like a burden on our children's shoulders. It encourages personal growth, adaptability, and a greater sense of self-fulfillment.

By choosing to live separately, one can also aim to preserve the cherished parent-child dynamics that have developed over the years. The parent-child relationship is a unique bond that thrives on love, care, and support.  Living separately ensures that our interactions are based on emotional connection and mutual respect, rather than the complexities that can arise from sharing the same living space. This way, one can continue to be a source of guidance and support for their children while allowing them to lead their own lives.

Living apart from your children also allows them to flourish in their own lives and make their own decisions without feeling encumbered by my presence.  You may  believe  every individual should have the freedom to explore their own paths and make choices that align with their aspirations.  By living independently, you can encourage your children to develop their independence, take responsibility for their own decisions, and experience the joys and challenges of life on their terms.

Maintaining an independent lifestyle in our later years enables us to foster meaningful relationships and expand our social circles.  Living separately can encourage one to actively engage with peers, form new friendships, and participate in social activities that align with my interests. By doing so, you can cultivate a robust support network, preventing social isolation and ensuring a fulfilling and vibrant life.

Lastly, by living independently, one can proactively prioritize my own self-care and well-being. As we age, our health needs may evolve, requiring specific attention and care. Living separately allows us to focus on our own health, engage in activities that promote physical and mental well-being, and seek assistance when needed, without placing an additional burden on our children's shoulders.

If living independently is a primary goal of yours, maybe we can help.  Assessing the financial impact of retirement is what we do, especially for those who find themselves no longer married due to death or divorce.  If you’d like to arrange a complimentary consultation, give our office a call:  513-623-0259.

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