Office for the Aging


TEPSAT Tool Offers Insight about Retirement Planning

Family visits and gatherings during the holidays are a good opportunity to discuss a family's plans for many different matters and events.

One is planning for retirement years. Many people put off planning for the later years until those years arrive‒leaving many critical decisions to be made without the appropriate time, preparation, and information to plan or to take advantage of preferences and options that can make one's older years more successful.

How prepared are you‒or your parents or grandparents‒for successful aging? Are you comfortable discussing health, long-term care, housing, estate planning, burial plans, power of attorney, financial management, and other topics with your older relatives?

The Elder Preparedness Self-Assessment Tool (TEPSAT) is a free, self-administered questionnaire that provides a fun way to test your level of preparedness and learn about various topics and resources that are important to everyone during the later years. It also provides an easy and enjoyable way to involve family members in discussions around topics that may be difficult or awkward to talk about in other circumstances.

TEPSAT is a performance-based tool developed by elder law attorney Robert Abrams that measures preparedness and then directs you to valuable tools and resources that will help you prepare for your later years.

Be a planner and take the test today. Also, please share the tool with your friends, neighbors, and colleagues. Not planning could be affect your health and independence.

More Resources for Your Family

An entire section of the AARP's website is dedicated to retirement planning. Tools, tips, and even guides on where to retire are available.