Senior Move Managers provide a multi-faceted approach to the move process. The focus is on moving people, not moving boxes. A Senior Move Manager will create and execute a move plan, customized to the client’s wishes, that minimizes the chaos and stress associated with a later life move by addressing all aspects of the move process. As a result, older adults and their family avoid costly mistakes and remorse that often accompany major lifestyle transitions.
Why is senior move management needed now?
The numbers tell the story. As baby boomers continue to retire, the US population of people who are 55+ during the next twenty years will increase nearly 80%. Americans 85 and older comprise the fastest growing segment of the US population. By 2030, the elderly will account for one-fifth of the US population.
- The growth in retirement communities and the scattering of adult children have created this niche service. Two-income households and physical distance leave adult children little time to help aging parents.
- Older adults making a transition may not have moved in 30 or 40 years or more and need to downsize significantly. The physical and organizational tasks to plan and implement a complex move can be overwhelming for the entire family. Even when family help is available, emotions can run high, making the process thorny and upsetting for everyone involved.
- Other older adults, single or without children, don’t have much help of any kind, and are simply too overwhelmed to tackle the problem alone.
- The illness or death of a loved one may precipitate a move for a family who is already emotionally and physically drained. Senior move management has emerged to fill these gaps and to facilitate a successful transition for all family members.
To learn more about Senior Move Management, contact www.nasmm.org