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Monday, August 13, 2007

Senior moves

As downsizing and moving seniors is my speciality, I am going to start posting a lot about this topic. Thanks to Toni Berry of The Argus in Fremont for this wonderful article on Senior Move Managers.

Help for seniors moving to smaller homes

MANY clients have called me in desperation needing my counsel on how to make their furnishings work in their new downsized homes.

Many of them are seniors who have for one reason or another made the move to live smaller and simpler lives. I find them in beautiful condos or town homes cramped with all their big and numerous pieces of furniture that do not fit or allow them to move freely and safely through out their home.
They are emotionally drained and utterly exhausted from the move. It is often up to me as a designer/psychologist to help them understand their emotions behind keeping or letting go of their furnishings, listen to their concerns and help them feel in control or their homes and their lives.
Had they done the downsizing effectively before the move they would have saved a lot of wear and tear on themselves and on family members.

I have discovered help for that challenge, a professional organization that specializes in these downsizing moves just for seniors, Senior Move Managers. These professional organizers, packers and unpackers specialize in assisting older adults and their families prepare for a move, particularly in sorting out their emotional and physical concerns.

Most older adults making a transition have not moved in 30, 40 or 50 years and need to downsize considerably. The organizational and physical tasks associated with planning and implementing such a move can be overwhelming.

Family and friends often want to help, but there may be obstacles. Adult children may be sandwiched between their parents, their careers and their own family obligations. For family members living far away, the problem may be geographic. Some seniors have no surviving children, or their children are seniors themselves. If illness or death precipitates the move, the family may already be drained both emotionally and physically.

People age 60 and older are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population. At the same time, social changes such as more women working full-time have made it increasingly difficult for family caregivers to provide all of the support needed for these transitions. Senior Move Management has emerged to fill the gaps and to make transitions easier for everyone involved.

If you have a move in your future or you have a loved one whom you will be helping move to a smaller home or an assisted living home check out their Web site at and see all the services they can offer to make your move a blessing.

Toni Berry IFDA at Marie Antoinette Custom Home Interiors is a local interior designer. E-mail home design questions or dilemmas to her at, or call or fax her at (925) 862-9064.

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