The popularity of age-restricted communities is beginning to boom as Baby Boomers, those born between 1946 and 1964, are expected to fuel a growing demand for retirement housing. The number of people age 65 and older is expected to shoot up 137 percent to 82 million in 2050, according to U.S. Census figures.
Builders expect Seniors and Baby Boomers to flock to everything from age-restricted communities to smaller patio homes in traditional neighborhoods. "Not everybody is going to want to live in an age-restricted community. Some people will feel younger when they are around younger people."
No matter how old you are, moving is one of those good news/bad news events. The optimist looks forward to a "fresh start." while the pessimist views the experience as "having to start over." Both are right.
There are many positive reasons to scale down to the easier lifestyle of a formal retirement community: safe, comfortable designs, liberation from difficult household chores, the convenience of lock-it-and-leave-it; recreation, educational and social activities; meal preparation, cleaning, and laundry services, transportation; on-site emergency response and medical care.
Making the decision to move is the first, but not necessarily the hardest step. After making the initial decision, seniors need to tackle a number of essential tasks; taking inventory of accumulated possessions, deciding what to keep and what to dispose (and doing it), selling existing residence, planning arrangement of new space, packing up, and moving - out and in. For many seniors who will be downsizing to smaller homes or apartments, a major obstacle is how to deal with a lifetime accumulation of 'things'.
To help overcome procrastination, seniors may want friends and family to join the planning process and help with transitions. Or they may prefer to enlist the professional services of an objective third party for Estate Sales & Liquiadations, such as S and S Liquidators. Many seniors find this arrangement less tense than working with their own children. Available in most areas, services are available to help senior plan and carry out all phases of the decision to scale back and actually move.
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