Australia has currently six million people over 55 and by the end of the century this number will have risen to 16 million. With advanced health care services, empty nesters of today, and the future, are more active and fit, and do not think about retirement villages in the traditional sense. At this stage of their lives they often want to start a new chapter and to be close to the city‘s buzz, meet friends in coffee shops, and be part of their community.
The baby boomers—those born between 1945 and 1965—are currently the largest age group. As they grow older they will change the normal age distribution in Australia’s major cities. These baby boomers will downsize, preferably close to where they currently live, states the City Futures research group from the University of NSW. And they want great places to live that suit their desired retirement lifestyle and age requirements.
Did you know that 56 per cent of Sydneysiders are involved in apartment living in some way? They either own an apartment, rent one, invest in one or intend to move into an apartment in the near future. 40 per cent of apartment owners are baby boomers, and 74 per cent of retirees living in apartments have lived there over five years.
Downsizing is often associated with negative feelings and emotions. I would like to encourage you to see it differently. Live with an attitude of gratitude, gratitude for the time you spent with your family and friends in your family home. Embrace the change while downsizing and be open to opportunities that come with it. Only when you step out of your comfort zone will you experience new things. Take the first step towards a new chapter of your life today! Challenge yourself, you deserve it!
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I would love to hear from you, your downsizing and decorating challenges. I truly hope that my book and this site inspire you to step out of your comfort zone and sail away from the safe harbour. Explore. Dream. Discover.
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