National Senior Move Managers Week – May 13-19,
The National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM) has declared National Senior Move Managers Week. The theme of this 1st annual week is “More than Just a Move,” which promotes the senior move managers’ commitment to assisting older adults and their families, not only the actual moving experience, but with the emotional and physical aspects of relocation, as well.
“Most older adults making a transition have not moved in 30, 40 or 50 years and need to downsize considerably,” said Margit Novack, President of Main Line-based Moving Solutions. “The organizational and physical tasks associated with planning and implementing such a move can be overwhelming.”
Adults aged 85 and above are the fastest growing segment of the US 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.
According to Novack, who is also the Founding President of NASMM, “Family and friends often want to help, but there may be barriers. Adult children may be sandwiched between their parents, their careers and their own family obligations. For family members living far away, the barriers may be geographic. Some seniors have no surviving children, or their children are seniors themselves. If illness or death precipitated the move, the family may already be drained both emotionally and physically. Senior Move Management has emerged to fill the gaps and to make transitions easier for everyone involved.”
Founded in 2002, NASMM strives to facilitate the physical and emotional aspects of relocation for older adults by increasing industry awareness, establishing a national referral network of senior move managers, enhancing the professional competence of members, and promoting the delivery of senior move management services with compassion and integrity. There are over 220 NASMM members around the country. For more information on senior move managers or NASMM, visit www.nasmm.org or contact NASMM directly at 877.606.2766.