55 Plus Community...Are we doing it wrong? This is just my opinion
and 2 cents, however, I welcome yours. From my observation there are more and more people in this age group that do not want to reduce the size of their home but solely just the maintenance aspect of it. I believe this is one of the main reasons why they continue to hold onto their homes. Take for an instance my mom, she will be 70 next year. In excellent health, still works full time, owns her own home, and I don’t see her slowing down anytime soon.
I know many of you will say there is no way I would be working that late in age, however, be careful because you just never know. I don’t see why she should stop. When she is ready to take a break or vacation it’s done. One of the joys she continuously tells me is her space...she just does not want to give it up. Loves her neighborhood and also has acquired a particular taste. As I watched her this
Mother’s Day caring for her lawn and
My point is when I mention downsizing, her belief is that I am asking her to trade in the Mercedes SUV to a van. This not only pertains to my parent but to other folks she knows and I have spoken to. I understand that climbing stairs is a major avoidance for many, but some elders still have grown children that still reside with them which can be a benefit to them. How about adding an elevator instead? Making attic space or basements into bedrooms for when children do visit is a necessity. Just because you are getting older doesn’t necessarily mean you want less choices and variety.