Downsizing… with resources for future aging in place

downsizing – one level

This couple is smiling because they sold their house of over 30 years and bought a one-level townhome where they plan to live for many years as they age in place. Their house was a one-story, but with a full basement, entry steps, a large yard and more than 3,000 square feet… more than they want or need as Empty Nesters.

The townhome they bought isn’t tiny, it has about 2,000 square feet… but with no basement and no exterior maintenance. They happily got rid of their lawn mower and snow blower! With no steps at the entry, their townhome is perfect for aging in place.

One of the biggest challenges of continuing to live in your longtime single family home as you age is increasing isolation. As long-time neighbors move or pass away you no longer have your social network… and it becomes increasingly difficult to get out on your own.

Moving to this townhome community before they had to gives this couple time to make new friends and build a new social network… before some crisis forces them into a move at a time that is already stressful and it is hard to weather the transition.

They are already becoming connected in this supportive community which will allow them to thrive both physically and mentally. When the time comes that they need help in the future, there are many resources available. has created a few articles with an online directory to help seniors navigate providers within Minnesota. Click the links below to learn more and help you plan ahead:

Sharlene Hensrud, RE/MAX Results –

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