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Staff Pick: Downsizing as a Senior

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Yesterday we took a listen back to segments from our shows on having and raising children. Today we explore the other end of the age spectrum — seniors. This show looks specifically at the challenges and concerns people face when they are forced to downsize in their older years. 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. Whatever the move, it is full of much physical, and emotional, “stuff.” This show struck a chord for OPB reporter, April Baer.

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?


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