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Moving Made Simple - How to Create a Stress-Free Move Day
On the lists of stress-inducing events, moving is usually one of the highest, with move day being the climax. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are two categories of needs that occur during move day. The first encompasses transactional needs, the types of activities that you find on checklists. The second category comprises emotional need. Finding solutions for emotional needs is often more complex. By planning and anticipating both types of needs, you can reduce stress on move day and create a smooth, positive experience.
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Downsizing - Six Months and Counting
For thousands of people, moving to smaller quarters is “out there”—meaning some time in the future. But for many of us, “I’m not ready yet,” really means, “I can’t stand the thought of getting ready to move.” On the other hand, for most people, their home is their single largest asset, so maximizing what it will sell for is important. There are many things we can’t control. We can’t control what the mortgage interest rates will be when we sell our home. We can’t control what the real estate market will be like when we sell our home as many is known by senior homeowners in the current economy. But we can control how ready our home is to go on the market, and the best investment is starting now—even if your move is months or years away.
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Helping Mom and Dad Move
Twenty years ago, my grandmother sold her eight-bedroom home in Atlantic City and moved to an apartment in Philadelphia. “Take this tablecloth,” she begged, “this mirror...the china set...this crystal...” And the list went on. “I don’t have room,” I responded. “It’s not my taste...I already have two of those...” I had good reasons for saying “no.”
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How to Alleviate the Stress of Moving for Older Adults
“There are certain experiences—childbirth is one; moving is another—that nature and time definitely draw a curtain on, so you forget in between times how painful they are.” Katherine Graham, famed publisher of the Washington Post, wrote this famous quote in her Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir, Personal History. Most people believe that the joy of having children makes the pain of childbirth worthwhile, just as most seniors who relocate are happy with the outcome as well. Moving allows these seniors to enjoy a new life that often includes better opportunities for socialization activities, stimulation, improved nutrition and exercise—all important aspects of thriving as we age. But let's not sugarcoat the truth: moving is tough for everyone, but it is toughest for elderly adults.
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Moving specialists Moving Forward LLC help seniors feel at home when leaving home (May, 2008)
Unearthing a bundle of wartime love letters or spotting nearly $10,000 stuck to the bottom of a battered file cabinet are happy discoveries, but finding treasure isn't the reason their work is rewarding. For Tim and LouAnne Audette of Moving Forward LLC, it's helping seniors make the smoothest possible transition from one home to another. The payoff is not just in healthy sales revenues but in the warm bonds they form with clients.
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Seniors Relocation and Real Estate Services
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As people age, they often become overly attached to their homes and even though there may be compelling reasons to find other living arrangements, these folks will go to extreme lengths to remain in their homes. Notwithstanding the affection for their dwellings, there is oftentimes undeniable pressure for seniors to move out and into a different living arrangement. Consider the following:
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OT Helps Seniors Move Forward With Life
Transition is never easy, but LouAnne Audette, OTR, has built her business on it. An occupational therapist since 1975, the Highland, Michigan, practitioner has worked in a host of settings, including hospital outpatient, private practice, intensive care, neonatal care, and mental health.
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Time Magazine Article: Moving a Lifetime
Bob Sigmond couldn't bear to pack his belongings and trade in his Philadelphia high-rise, even for a plush retirement community a mere three blocks away. "Just the idea of moving was stopping me from moving," says Sigmond, 83, whose children urged him to relocate three years ago after his wife of 61 years died suddenly of a heart attack. "I was grieving anyway, then to walk away from the apartment we'd shared since 1968 — it was like saying goodbye all over again," he says.
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