For many people, getting older means having to adjust one’s lifestyle to be simpler, smaller and easier to manage.
This may mean moving into a smaller home or apartment, a family member’s home, a retirement community, or a facility somewhere on the spectrum from assisted living to full-blown nursing care. And everything about that decision — from deciding where to go, to when, to how — can be difficult.
If you’re considering this kind of change, or recently went through it, what are the challenges to downsizing? When do you know you’re ready? (Or: how do you know know you’re not?) What impact has downsizing had on your life, your autonomy, or your happiness?
- Darlene Lemley: Retired teacher and resident of the Calaroga Terrace Retirement Community
- Joyce Demonnin: Public Outreach Director at AARP Oregon
- Michael Stone: Downsizing and relocation specialist for seniors