Unpacking The Emotions And Logistics When Seniors Downsize Their Home

Aug 14, 2019

Seniors downsizing a home often face a difficult and emotional transition from a larger house — one that may have been "home" for years — to a smaller apartment or into some form of a senior community. We're talking about what such a move entails and how to plan for it. And what's involved in sorting through a lifetime of possessions and choosing what to donate, sell, recycle or keep.

Angela Smith-Dieng, acting director for the Adult Services Division at the Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living, talks about the programs and services for older Vermonters planning transitions and downsizing.

And Donald Rathgeb, Jr., co-founder of Second Act Transition Services, discusses his work as a senior move manager, the planning and logistics involved with moving to a new home and making choices about what to keep and what to pass down to the next generation.

Editor's note: it was suggested during the show that Goodwill was a for-profit company. They are in fact an IRS-registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Need help? Try the Area Agencies on Aging helpline: 1-800-642-5119

Broadcast live on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.