Older couple looking at a kitchen from behind

Downsizing to a better life

Many retirees are moving into smaller homes to free up funds for a less stressful retirement. We talk to three couples about their downsizing experiences.

Published: 13 October 2022
  • national
  • 13 October 2022
  • National Seniors Australia

For many retirees, a large family home is their pride and joy—providing many rooms and outdoor spaces filled with joy and emotional connections. As retirees see their children leave ‘the nest’, thoughts turn to fashioning a comfortable retirement and repurposing those rooms for new activities and uses.

Yet, others are surprised how quickly it can become a millstone, filled with clutter and upkeep demands, creating a stumbling block to a comfortable older age as they try to avoid some of the perils and pitfalls of their own parent’s experiences.

Along with health and financial security, the family home can fast become a major worry for many in later life.