This past March, several residents and staff of Pennswood Village traveled to Washington, D.C. to attend the American Society on Aging (ASA) 2016 Aging in America Conference.
Pennswood Village presented two different sessions at the conference, reporting its results of the significant efforts made by residents and staff over the years.
The conference, which attracts more than 3,000 people annually, is a gathering of practitioners, business professionals, foundation leaders, direct service providers, policymakers, researchers, academicians and others. Session topics range from innovative ideas and legislation, to programs and research, and other topics that promote active aging and health. While many different retirement communities attended the conference, Pennswood was the only community that we are aware of, where residents not only attended, but also led conference sessions—a testament to the community’s focus on resident-led initiatives and personal growth.
The very idea of downsizing from a single-family house to an apartment can send some people into a frenzy. Between choosing furniture, clothing, keepsakes, documents, collectables, and more, it can seem like an overwhelming task.
But, there’s no need to fear! The process can be broken down into manageable bite-sized bits. Even those with the fullest of houses (or farms!) can complete the task at hand, and instead of downsizing, you’ll be ‘rightsizing’ into your new retirement lifestyle.
Rightsizing refers to a positive downsizing experience that puts the focus on what you will gain in the process, such as more time to pursue your interests, hobbies, and passions. Instead of spending your time managing and maintaining a house, you’ll be free to spend your time traveling, reading, painting, hiking, crafting, socializing, dining, volunteering, and doing whatever it is you enjoy doing most.