Regional Affairs Council — May 2012

downsizing splash 2 Regional Affairs Council    May 2012
.The kids, now grown and married, have moved out of the family house, and Mom and Dad aren’t climbing stairs so well anymore. Maybe it’s time to downsize, but that’s easier said than done.

KYW’s Lynne Adkins reports…

(David Goldenberg.  Credit: Lynne Adkins)

Part 1: When It’s Time

When is the right time to get your elderly parents to downsize their lives and prepare for a new way of living?

05/03/2012

(A garage full of "stuff" can accumulate over many years but won't fit into a one- or two-bedroom apartment.  File photo)

Part 2: What Not To Keep

If your parents have decided to downsize from the family home, chances are that a lot of their furniture and other stuff won’t fit in the new, smaller place.

05/03/2012

(Entrance sign at The Quadrangle, an assisted living facility in Haverford, Pa.  Credit: Lynne Adkins)

Part 3: The Big Day

There are ways to make move-in day a lot less painful.

05/03/2012

(To assist elderly residents who no longer drive, many facilities provide transportation to and from shopping, dining, and events.  Credit: Lynne Adkins)

Part 4: The Next Phase of Life

“It’s like going to a college campus for the first time. They’re the new person on the block and they’re afraid they won’t be accepted.”

05/03/2012

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