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The 5 Perks of Downsizing in Retirement

Moving from your family home can feel overwhelming. Indeed, it is a significant change that may require a lot of consideration. Your home holds memories. It has your stamp on it. Perhaps it even represents your hard work over a long career. 
 
However, you might be leaving benefits untapped by staying in your current home. According to the 2020 Annual Transamerica Retirees Survey, 29% of older people have downsized since retirement and for good reasons. 
 
Keep reading to learn the five biggest perks of downsizing your home for a move to senior living. 

1. Lower Costs
Despite retirement planning, many retirees have limited household income and are looking for ways to adjust their expenses. Selling your home could be the right route for you. Without a mortgage payment, property taxes or homeowners insurance payments, the possibilities for your life could really open up. 

A move into senior living could save you on home maintenance costs and utility costs too. It could provide you with predictable monthly costs and prevent you from having to dip into your savings when the unexpected occurs. 

2. Join an Active Community
At Abe’s Garden Community, lively community events are no longer opportunities you have to search and plan for. They are right outside your doorstep and arranged for you. When you downsize your living space into one of our spacious floor plans, you are given the opportunity to immerse yourself in a vibrant community.

Abe’s Garden Community Independent Living has a full-time life engagement coordinator who plans and implements activities. They include:

  • Musical performances
  • Wellness education
  • Exercises like tai chi and yoga
  • Off-site trips
  • Travel talks and cultural exploration
  • Book club
  • Spiritual events
  • Crafts and flower arranging
  • Wine and cheese social hour
  • Games such as Bingo, Rummikub and Texas Hold'em

No matter your interests, there is something here for you. This is a time in your life when you can explore and discover new things about yourself. It is a time that you can expand and grow as a person. What better way to do this than to join an already dynamic community committed to your well-being?

3. Decrease Stress with Reduced Home Maintenance
Managing a home comes with its stressors and unpredictability. Sometimes it seems like the upkeep is endless. And, of course, the larger your space, the greater number of tasks there are to keep it in tip-top shape. 

With a move to Abe’s Garden Community Independent Living, you not only will have a smaller residence to tidy, but you will also benefit from our housekeeping and laundry services. Similarly, you can enjoy restaurant-style meals and dining without having to plan, prepare or cook. 

If you need added support, we also offer concierge services that include extended housekeeping, enhanced maintenance, personal shopping and more.

4. Get Organized
It is no secret that the downsizing process can be arduous, but when you are finished, there are some great advantages, including the fact that you can organize your things in a way that makes sense for this stage of life. 

Sorting through your possessions and paring them down can be advantageous for both you and your loved ones. This could be a meaningful time for your family to stroll down memory lane, hear untold stories connected to cherished items and determine to whom you’d like to see some of your things passed down. 

If you need some assistance with the practical side of things, here is a helpful checklist for downsizing and moving. You can also look into the service of the National Association of Specialty & Senior Move Managers®.

5. Dedicate Time to What Matters Most
When you finally move into a senior living community, you might be surprised by the time that your home demanded of you. This is a new era – one where you are gifted with time and agency. At Abe’s Garden Community, we help you prioritize and optimize your life. 

Whether you want to increase your community outreach, boost your wellness goals or discover all that Nashville has to offer, we are here to support you. We take regular outings, offer a lineup of engaging activities and are always open to resident suggestions and requests.

Finding Your Place at Abe’s Garden Community Independent Living 

Perhaps you need some time to become comfortable with the idea of downsizing into a senior living community. In the meantime, join us. We’d love to share a meal with you and invite you into our discussions and activities. Contact Courtney at 615.467.6903 to schedule a tour and see if person-directed care can work for you.

Bill Purcell, son of resident
"Abe’s Garden® really is a world class, cutting-edge, special, loving warm place. When my mother needed that very thing, it was there."
Industry Professional
“I was thoroughly impressed with the community [after taking a tour], yet I was even more impressed with your focus on continual learning and improvement.”
The Club Participant’s Wife
“The music instruction piece is very well done, and I commend Abe's [Garden] for creating it. I am also grateful for the incredible opportunities that [my husband] has every week day at Abe's.”