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Transitions in Aging

Retirement Planning I

Living Arrangements

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Notes and References

In a different module, we discussed the idea of aging in place and the benefits of staying in our own homes as we age.

For example, we can think about changes that could be made to our homes so they will still be accessible when our abilities change. Although we would like to stay in our homes as long as possible, sometimes we have to make other living arrangements based on our needs, and that is okay!

When considering moving to a new place, let's first ask ourselves: Would we like to move in with a family member or friend? Would we like to move into a group home? What other options are available? To explore these options, visit the housing links in the resources tab. No matter where we are thinking about moving, there are several things to think about. We should think about how accessible the new place is, how close the new place is to our family and friends, how close the new place is to our doctors, how much it would cost us to live there, how easy is it for us to attend community activities, as well as how well we might get along with other people in the residence (if any). We should make a list of what we want and don't want; and then we can discuss our ideas with our family, friends, and/or service coordinators to figure out a plan that is best for us.1, 2, 3


  1. Rourke, A. O., Grey, I. M., Fuller, R., & McClean, B. (2004). Satisfaction with living arrangements of older adults with intellectual disability. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 8(1), 12-29.
  2. Cooper, E., Herb, M., & O'Hara, A. (2003). Solutions that work: Innovative strategies to meeting the housing needs of people with disabilities. Opening Doors: A Housing Publication for the Disability Community, 23, 1-12. Retrieved from:
  3. Adams, G. A., & Rau, B. L. (2011). Putting off tomorrow to do what you want today: Planning for retirement. American Psychologist, 66(3), 180-192.