An expert has advised those preparing for retirement to ensure their health needs are adequately catered for, insisting that a variety of steps can be taken to maintain quality of life.
Dianne Bown-Wilson - chief executive of advice provider In My Prime - suggested that although proper financial provisions are important, it is crucial to avoid concentrating primarily on money matters to the detriment of other issues.
"No amount of wealth will make up for deficiencies [elsewhere]," she explained. "The focus shouldn't be on accepting the onset of ill health and disability but on preventing it."
Ms Bown-Wilson added that retired people can find themselves isolated and unmotivated having left work, but said age-related decline was far from inevitable "until very late in life".
Her comments came after research from the University of Missouri indicated that married couples can benefit from thorough planning ahead of major anticipated changes in lifestyle.