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Term: Senior Move Manager

9 Dec 2014

Senior move managers (SMMs) help seniors downsize and relocate during one of the most stressful periods of their lives: when they either decide to move or are forced to move because they need a safer living situation. It could be that the older person just needs a smaller, easier-to-manage home. Or they may have reached the stage where it’s no longer safe to live alone or care for themselves without help. Part sympathetic ear, part pragmatic organizer, SMMs streamline the entire process from analysing the floor plan of a new residence to unpacking boxes and setting the clock radio.

Americans over the age of 80 are the fastest-growing segment of the population. Many either don’t have children or their children live too far away or are too weighed down with their own obligations to help their parents through the complicated process of choosing which possessions to keep, disposing of those they’re willing to part with, and helping with the actual moving and settling-in process. Generally working by the hour, senior move managers step in to handle those tasks. Before hiring a senior move manager, seniors or their families should check that the manager has business liability insurance and previous experience. The National Association of Senior Move Managers is one source of SMMs with professional expertise. For more information and advice,

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