By Daniel Carlson

Home Sweet Apartment

 About the Author

Dan Carlson is a retired police officer and law enforcement educator. After his career with the New York State Police, he joined the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration in Plano, Texas, where he developed programs and taught - internationally - on law enforcement management, leadership and ethics. Dan has written and published four books and a number of articles for inclusion in professional journals. Married for more than fifty years, he and his wife, Bonnie, reside in the great state of Texas in close proximity to their three children and seven grandchildren.

Getting Rightsized in Our Seventies

For seniors, making the willing choice to “Rightsize” their lives can be a challenge. Done smartly, though, the outcome can be deeply rewarding. The process begins with a clear vision of what an ideal lifestyle looks like and then, while keeping that goal in focus, taking intelligent steps forward. Using his personal experience, the author describes how he and his wife - both in their seventies - sold their home, moved to an "Over-55" apartment community, rid themselves of a lot of accumulated "stuff," and fashioned a lifestyle of reduced stress and increased personal contentment. He also discusses steps for a comfortable relocation, strategies for letting go of "stuff," ways to manage the stress of a major lifestyle change, and making wise choices about what is important in life.  Drawing from what they learned in making their own journey, the author and his wife developed - and have included - a "Rightsizing Checklist."