For seniors, moving out can mean both pain and freedom

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FREDERICK — Moving from a large house to smaller quarters was emotional, but it was somewhat of a relief for Merle and Ruth Mayner, the couple said.The Mayners, 88 and 79, respectively, moved from a four-bedroom, two-story home near Middletown to a smaller abode in the Crestwood Village retirement community. The couple moved for a second time to Homewood at Crumland Farms because of the services the retirement community offers. The second move was more emotional for Mrs. Mayner, she said.

“We thought the apartment was kind of small, but we got all the things in we thought we wanted. It doesn’t seem so small now,” she said.

According to Steve Gurney, publisher of “Guide to Retirement Living,” downsizing and moving seems to be a major source of anxiety for seniors. They may want to take advantage of the lifestyle that a retirement community or smaller home offers, but when they review the tremendous task of scaling down they decide just to stay put.

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