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The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that a retiree that makes a salary of $50,000 before taxes should expect to need between $35,000 and $45,000 every year in retirement to maintain the same lifestyle. What many seniors might not realize is just how much of that yearly budget will go to just two expenditures: housing and health care.
1 in 5 seniors who are 75 and older still have mortgage debt. Many seniors choose to rent their homes instead of owning, whether they rent a house, an apartment, or assisted living spaces. Seniors face paying an average of 36.5% of their total retirement costs in housing alone, especially with expenses like utilities, insurance, and maintenance. The Bureau of Labor Statistics found in 2014 that the average housing costs for seniors 75 and older was $13,375 annually.
When it comes to health care, seniors experience a fluctuation in costs that they probably did not have before retirement. Even with Medicare, seniors still pay monthly premiums, co-pays, drug costs, and more, which adds up to an average of $5,708 a year— roughly 15.6% of the average retiree’s yearly budget. Fidelity released a study in 2015 which found that senior couples aged 65+ would likely spend $245,000 on out-of-pocket health care costs during their retirement. That figure doesn’t even include the costs associated with assisted living or living in a nursing home, which alone can add tens of thousands of dollars annually.
How to Prepare for These Costs
As seniors prepare for their retirement, it’s critical that they know what to expect. Housing and health care costs together make up 52% of total annual expenditures for seniors ages 75 and up. As seniors get older, those costs can change dramatically, especially if the need to enter an assisted living facility arises. Without proper preparation, seniors can easily face unsuspected costs and, in some situations, those costs can become hard to manage, especially on a fixed income. One way retirees can supplement their retirement funds and keep their lifestyle (even with rising health care costs) is to sell their life insurance policies through a life settlement.
Visit our website today for more information on life settlements, and see if your senior clients qualify for one today!