Rolling With the Changes - Smart Retirement Life Podcast

Rolling With the Changes – Smart Retirement Life


In this episode of Smart Retirement Life, we’re going to talk about changes; specifically, how you can create home to keep you rolling with the changes that life will throw at you. Changes that nearly everyone is going to face.

We’ve quite a few people over the last month or so let us know that they would like to hear more about how to adapt their home and their lifestyles to changing situations in their lives.


I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know when I say that life is full of surprises; some good, some we don’t really want. We know they happen. And, unfortunately, as you continue to create the life you want in retirement, the changes don’t stop. Things happen and if you want to keep things under control … if you’re going to keep this train on the rails … you’ve got to be ready.

That’s why we’re going to start a new series on some of these changes and how you can prepare for them. We’re going to talk about your home, your community and even your lifestyle.

Now, if you’ve read or listened to much of what we’ve written or recorded over the years, you know I’m no nonsense and I don’t really sugarcoat anything.

I’m not going to change that, so be warned. I’m going to tell it like I see it. But, I promise real and valuable information that you can use to keep building your best life … the life of your choosing.

And, to kick off the series, we’re going to start with several episodes about your home. Specifically, the home you’re going to want and need in the future if you’re going to prepare for the changes that will come.

In this episode, we’re going to talk about your home in general as it relates to maintaining the lifestyle of your choosing, with all of the amenities and functionality most all of us will need someday.

Finding or creating a home that is going to be what you need it to be in the future isn’t as simple as you might think it would be. The right home is important for good reason; so much time is spent there. It is also one part of your retirement lifestyle that you have more control over.

Getting your home ready to handle some of the things that life is going to throw at you needs to be a part of your plan. You want it to provide for a comfortable living experience that is ready for what life might throw at you.

So, what do I mean by a comfortable living experience?

I mean that your home is easy to live in. Everything in it is easy to use. It provides the functionality you want now and what you’ll need in the future. It is a home that is visitable by anyone, usable by anyone (regardless of their abilities) and a joy to be in.

This is a home that puts individual safety and comfort above everything else. Living spaces that are in-tune with the person and customized to suit your taste; not one-size fits all. Rooms that are beautiful, full of light and life … standing ready to enhance your lifestyle.

I mentioned earlier that this home would be visitable and usable by anyone. That has nothing to do with having a handicap or lack of ability, either. It is all about being functional for every person, regardless of ability. Things such as:

  • Easily accessible – Entrances that have no barrier. No steps and easy transitions into the interior of the home.
  • Open spaces – So, regardless of a person’s ability, you can move around unimpeded by obstacles.
  • Bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, garages, family rooms and any other room is a carefully crafted space; fully functional for any tasks
  • Safety – Home safety is a serious subject and should be important to everyone.
  • Lighting – For specific tasks and when needed, or just to contribute to a positive living experience.
  • Access – Just like getting into your home is important, so is being able to get to everything inside your home… even stuff you have tucked away.

We’re going to tackle all of these ideas and more in upcoming episodes. With insight, tips and ideas about you you can get some of these things done in your home.

So, if that sounds good to you, then stay tuned.

If you’re listening to this and you like what you’re hearing, or if you’d like to hear about different topics, why not drop us a note and let us know? You can reach me at mark { at }

Until next time, this is Mark Hager with Smart Retirement Life.

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