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ME - Aging in a Condo
“Time and tide wait for … ” well, you know the quote. Sometimes aging comes on like a fast tide due to health or other circumstances and sometimes it sneaks up on us requiring family members or friends to gently remind us of the upcoming physical and mental limitations the future will bring.
Most of us never want to end up in a nursing home. Most of us say we want to live the rest of our lives at home. It is only natural. Home gives us freedom with dignity. Home allows us to make our own decisions. Home allows us to maintain established friendships and community ties. However, in the future, our homes can limit our ability to take care of ourselves, as well as be dangerous. To paraphrase Winston Churchill, “We shape our homes; and afterwards, our homes shape us.”
So, what are we to do? Many people buy their first condo unit to downsize to minimize maintenance headaches that went with the big family house.