“Surprise! I never saw it coming. It was something that escaped all of my early retirement planning and it touches everything from finances to lifestyle. It can consume dreams if you let it. Taking on the role of caregiver is a retirement game changer. It is seldom planned for but chances are good that the caregiver role will touch many people.
In my case it was rather sudden. But even if we can see a loved one’s health declining, it is usually a slow-moving but unstoppable train and we fail to grasp ahead of time the challenges to come. For me it was doubly heartbreaking as illness struck my bride right in midst of our early retirement.”