Downsizing, To Move or Not to Move? That is the Question

Posted by Rosemary, Volunteer Mentor @rosemarya, Apr 12, 2020

At some point as we age, we will have to make a decision about leaving our homes and downsizing. Maybe in our own town or to another town. Maybe to smaller home, condo, apartment, or assisted living/senior community.

When the time comes to downsize, seniors can struggle with a multitude of emotional, physical, and financial challenges.

How do you make an informed decision about when to downsize?
What tips do you have to share?

@funcountess

Sundance,
Wherever you move to, make sure there are major medical hospitals, universities close by. Very important as we age. Also, as time goes by we are less inclined to want to travel any distance for care.
That’s why I suggested california, since you are a San Fernando valley baby. UCLA is just over the hill.
Try and get rid of as much as you can before the move.
I’ve been downsizing for over a month now. The charity thrift stores would love your stuff, I’m sure.
Wondering, have you been tested for arthritis?
Just don’t over do it, aches and pains are not worth it.
Funcountess

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Thank You Ma'am!
Sundance

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@sundance6

Joy, Yes they are! I happen to pick them up one day at a B&N standing in line a few years ago. Never thought much about them, had them on the bookmarker and that's what I used it for! Then when I started doing research on my illness I discoverd them! Am on my second 100pc. tin now.
I've also got fountain pens from the company! Goes back to OLD School when I grew up. Ball point pens were jus coming out, but we were not allowed to use them so I grew up with them. Nothing like the feel of a Fountain Pen. I do Journaling with them!
Thanks,
From, The Land of Enchantment!
Sundance(RB)

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As a leftie (Much to the dismay of the nuns, my Mom refused to allow them to try to make me change) I detested those fountain pens – the ink always smeared as I wrote – it's why you used to see so many left handed people write with their hand twisted way around – to keep it out of the wet ink. Modern day gel pens and soft pencils are almost as bad. Good ball point pens are my favorite – my Dad always bought me lovely Parker pens and mechanical pencils.
Sue

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@sueinmn

As a leftie (Much to the dismay of the nuns, my Mom refused to allow them to try to make me change) I detested those fountain pens – the ink always smeared as I wrote – it's why you used to see so many left handed people write with their hand twisted way around – to keep it out of the wet ink. Modern day gel pens and soft pencils are almost as bad. Good ball point pens are my favorite – my Dad always bought me lovely Parker pens and mechanical pencils.
Sue

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Sue, My wife had the same problem with her grade school teacher, she went to public school in the Bay area. She said that's why she writes so Bad!
I guess for me it is kind of a nostalgic thing, like useing a double edge razor!
It is different! I have writting issues because of my illness. I don't hold the pen stright up so I'm trying to relearn. They're a lot different than they were 65 years ago.
Funny was I had to ask how to put the cartridges in properly!
Sundance(RB)

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@sundance6

Sue, My wife had the same problem with her grade school teacher, she went to public school in the Bay area. She said that's why she writes so Bad!
I guess for me it is kind of a nostalgic thing, like useing a double edge razor!
It is different! I have writting issues because of my illness. I don't hold the pen stright up so I'm trying to relearn. They're a lot different than they were 65 years ago.
Funny was I had to ask how to put the cartridges in properly!
Sundance(RB)

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Oh yes, I remember being squirted (intentionally) by a permanent ink cartridge in school. On my favorite blouse. The pastor made the responsible boy pay for a new one by doing chores – what memories.
Not too long ago I found a bottle of ink and a true fountain pen, with the lever on the side for filling. Unfortunately I had to discard it because the bladder inside was rotted. I still do have all my drafting tools – a gift from my Grandad of his own set – when I was the first girl admitted to drafting class in my high school. Again a parent had to stand up for me – my Dad had to go to the teacher, whom he knew, and tell him he had to let me in. It led to 3 years of engineering school, a slight turn, and a lifetime in technology.
I used a double-edged razor for years to shave my legs, but now with my tremors, I would end up in the emergency room! I barely trust myself with scissors some days.
So, how is the packing going? My daughter and I got her condo finished last night – will complete her move on Friday & Saturday.
Sue

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@sueinmn

Oh yes, I remember being squirted (intentionally) by a permanent ink cartridge in school. On my favorite blouse. The pastor made the responsible boy pay for a new one by doing chores – what memories.
Not too long ago I found a bottle of ink and a true fountain pen, with the lever on the side for filling. Unfortunately I had to discard it because the bladder inside was rotted. I still do have all my drafting tools – a gift from my Grandad of his own set – when I was the first girl admitted to drafting class in my high school. Again a parent had to stand up for me – my Dad had to go to the teacher, whom he knew, and tell him he had to let me in. It led to 3 years of engineering school, a slight turn, and a lifetime in technology.
I used a double-edged razor for years to shave my legs, but now with my tremors, I would end up in the emergency room! I barely trust myself with scissors some days.
So, how is the packing going? My daughter and I got her condo finished last night – will complete her move on Friday & Saturday.
Sue

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Sue, What Memeories! Forgot about the lever to fill!
Are you still doing technology? I enjoyed drafting in HS. Problem no one ever showed me what it would lead to!
But Life goes as it is supposed to! If we look back we see how everything that happens leads to something else!
With the adventure of attempting to move I'm doing what I call a "Reset" in my Life! Eliminating things and habits and routines!
Do a Big one today! Going to drive to Santa Fe, an hour drive, and have lunch with a friend of mine from second grade!
Will stop and see a couple of my customers along the way.
Have not driven that far in months!
Going to see how I do!
Suncance(RB)

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Sundance – I'm happily retired and spend my time volunteering, playing with grands & pursuing hobbies. When not in pandemic mode, we also travel. My husband took his "new" car in for service last week, and was told he doesn't drive it enough to maintain the battery – only 800 miles in 6 months – our normal would be more like 8000 miles.
Sue

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@sueinmn

Sundance – I'm happily retired and spend my time volunteering, playing with grands & pursuing hobbies. When not in pandemic mode, we also travel. My husband took his "new" car in for service last week, and was told he doesn't drive it enough to maintain the battery – only 800 miles in 6 months – our normal would be more like 8000 miles.
Sue

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@sueinmn My less than 3-year-old battery died from lack of use. It was still under warranty so we did get a replacement one. I guess now with a brand new battery that won't happen but I do try to take it out every few days.
JK

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@sueinmn

Sundance – I'm happily retired and spend my time volunteering, playing with grands & pursuing hobbies. When not in pandemic mode, we also travel. My husband took his "new" car in for service last week, and was told he doesn't drive it enough to maintain the battery – only 800 miles in 6 months – our normal would be more like 8000 miles.
Sue

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Tell you husband to put trickle charger on it then no problem

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Sue, How Funny! There was an article in our daily paper talking about someone who's car won't start after sitting for a while! They recomended what's called a "Maintainer" ! I had two Classic Mercedes that would happen to! They were always in the garage! Both were convertables so from December to April they wern't driven! There is also what they call a "Trickle Charger"! Problem with those is they don't shut off when the battery is fully charged!
Went up to north of Santa Fe in Tesuque to have lunch with a friend! It was arounf 40 degrees, but NO WIND! The have a coverd Patio, because we can't dine indoors in New Mexico! The sun was just right so it came through the opening, it was Delightful! Haven't been up there in many years at this little resturant.
Don't know if you know that area, but I took the back way down on the oOd Spanish Trail past a Resort called "Bishops Lodge"! Been there for over 50 years. The road is a narrow twisting two lane road. Drove at 30mph and enjoyed every minute of it!
From The land of Enchament!
Sundance(RB)

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@contentandwell

@sueinmn My less than 3-year-old battery died from lack of use. It was still under warranty so we did get a replacement one. I guess now with a brand new battery that won't happen but I do try to take it out every few days.
JK

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Safer and better is a "Maintainer"! Does the same as a trickle charger but has a safety feature that shuts off when the battery is fully charged! A trickle charger if not checked can over charge the battery and ruin it.
Sundance(RB)

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@sundance6

Safer and better is a "Maintainer"! Does the same as a trickle charger but has a safety feature that shuts off when the battery is fully charged! A trickle charger if not checked can over charge the battery and ruin it.
Sundance(RB)

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Yes, we found out his 25-35-45? year-old trickle charger is not up to the task, and he bought a new one. We have a battery maintainer in the garage (somewhere) but I am thinking it is at least 20 years old (from when we had kids parking in the driveway) and we should get a new one to put on. As a temporary solution we are alternating driving errands between my beloved 42 mpg Prius and his not so thrifty Subaru.
Sue

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@sueinmn

Yes, we found out his 25-35-45? year-old trickle charger is not up to the task, and he bought a new one. We have a battery maintainer in the garage (somewhere) but I am thinking it is at least 20 years old (from when we had kids parking in the driveway) and we should get a new one to put on. As a temporary solution we are alternating driving errands between my beloved 42 mpg Prius and his not so thrifty Subaru.
Sue

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@sueinmn @sundance6 We have a couple of trickle chargers. My husband set the motorcycles up with anderson poles for ease in connecting everything up. The old Jeep seems to need a boost any time it sets for a couple of weeks, so we try to use it for running errands. It has no heat, so we bundle up well! My car [like Sue's, a real economical one!] gets out every 10 days or so.
Ginger

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